Banana Bread Recipe

Finally a break in the weather out here in beautiful, sunny, hot California, we have been suffering with high 90’s and triple digit temps for several weeks now. Today we actually have a cloud cover and cooler weather, I had to pull out my favorite Pendleton shirt to keep warm.  What a treat! Come on in, lets make some banana bread. My favorite milk jug will greet you at my door.




I don’t know about you but I love to bake and during the hot summer months it is something I don’t do because my little house gets so over heated. Ahh but today I am going to take advantage of this cooler weather and bake some banana bread.


I usually use my Grandma’s recipe but I encountered a problem , I have misplaced my grandmother’s banana bread recipe! UGH!! This is so discouraging and frustrating I could just scream. Do you ever lose things? It seems to be my life lately.

My grandma was a fabulous baker, I loved all the good things she made, however there was one problem with my grandmas recipes. Sadly she never wrote them down, she had them all in her head with the exception of a few that have been passed down to me from my cousin Debi, who got them from her grandma.


Ahh but never fear, Betty Crocker is here. I had to go back to my Betty Crocker recipe that I used regularly before getting my grandmas recipe sent to me by my dear cousin.

Vintage Betty Crocker Cook Book


I love this recipe, it is second to my grandmas, the banana bread always comes out

moist and delicious, and smells so good. Can you smell it baking now?


If you like banana bread and want an easy recipe, this is what you do.


Betty Crocker Banana Bread Recipe


Ingredients for Betty Crocker Banana Bread Recipe

1 cup sugar

Hopefully you have some farm fresh eggs

Hopefully you have some farm fresh eggs

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 ½ cups mashed bananas (3-4 bananas, overly ripe works best)

Mashing bananas with my vintage red potatoe masher

Mashing bananas with my vintage red potatoe masher

1/3 cup water

1 2/3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Fresh New Baking Powder and Soda

Fresh New Baking Powder and Soda

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

½ cup chopped nuts


Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease bottom only of loaf pan( I use butter). Mix sugar and butter in 2 ½ quart bowl. Stir in eggs until blended.

Add bananas and water; beat 30 seconds. Stir in remaining ingredients except nuts until moistened; stir in nuts. Pour into pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.

Cook Times

8 inch loaf, cook 11/4 hours

9 inch loaf, cook 55-60 minutes

Cool 5 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; removed from pan. Cool completely before slicing.


Time to enjoy your banana bread.

Grab a nice cup of tea, I am enjoying my Lady Grey that my dear friend Rachel brought me all the way from England. I feel so fancy when I drink this tea. Have you ever tried Lady Grey? It is so yummy and full of flavor, if you like Earl Grey, met his wife, she is smoother, lighter and  brighter. She is just lovely.Lady Grey Tea


Another nice item to have is beautiful serving dishes, my dishes were passed down to me from my parents home. They are called “Fall Harvest” by Franciscan ware. I bring them out every year at fall to enjoy and remind me of my child hood with my parents. Candles always add a simple elegance, I use fake candle, ya know the no flame kind but they do the job and I don’t have to worry about leaving them on.

Taa Daa!

Taa Daa!

Fall is such a beautiful to enjoy the simple things and to reflect on all that we are blessed with.fallThanks for stopping in, until next time, happy trails.




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  1. Annie James

    I have had this banana bread, it is the BOMB!! Miss it!

  2. Rachel

    Delicious!! Love reading your descriptive blogs – can almost taste the bread and tea!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thanks Rachel! Stop on over for some tea and banana bread! I appreciate your comments!! Happy Trails…

  3. Annie James

    My perfect fall day …you don’t really want to know ;), but it involves a flask…

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Really Annie? A flask, can’t you come up with something better than that? xx

  4. Ah, that looks so delicious Lisa! I also love the table setup, just superb!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thank you Delia! The bread is so delicious, it did not last long around here. It was really fun to put together the table set up. I just love those old dishes. Let me know if you try the recipe ~Enjoy and as always thanks for stopping by!

  5. Winnemucca

    Fabulously moist! Since the oven was already hot I made 2 loafs and needless to say they never saw the refrigerator. Makes a great fall breakfast or after school treat. Thanks for sharing.
    All is Well!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Yes moist as can be this recipe has never let me down. Ya gotta love Betty Crocker!! Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by

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