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Nana’s Banana Bread

We’ve tried many banana bread recipes, but this simple recipe remains our family’s favorite.  My paternal great grandmother, who  was a young mom during the Great Depression, had a love for people as big as the world, and loved to feed everyone who walked into her door.  The delicious taste of this bread proves it.  The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup vegetable oil, but we substitute butter or coconut oil.


Nana’s Banana Bread

3 over-riped bananas, mashed  75 cents    

2 well-beaten eggs 26 cents

1 c. sugar     32 cents   

2 c. flour 25 cents

1/3 c. organic coconut oil from Trader Joe’s   $.75


1 stick real butter, softened 63 cents   

1 tsp. baking soda  5 cents

Total cost: $2.38 with the coconut oil, $2.26 with the butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two  4.5 x 8.5 loaf pans.  In large bowl, put mashed bananas, oil or butter (if you’re using coconut oil, melt it first), sugar, eggs, and baking soda, and mix well with electric mixer.  Then add flour and blend until mixed thoroughly, but don’t over mix.  Divide batter evenly into the two loaf pans.  Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from pans, cutting and serving.  You can also do this batter in a muffin pan for muffins, filling cups 2/3 to 3/4 full.

This recipe makes a great breakfast meal or dessert.

**Want to spice it up?  Add a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or chocolate chips.


  1. Jim says:

    Just printed the recipe off and going to give it to my wife, hope she’ll make it for us, Love me some Banana Bread!

  2. One thing this recipe has that I don’t use is the coconut oil. I do have a quality brand at home so I will incorporate that next time I make it. I actually bought a bunch of bananas this week so I can make my famous banana bread. I use sour cream in mine and buttermilk and man is it ever moist!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds delicious, Laurie! I love banana bread and it is a great way to use up old bananas that nobody wants to eat. Of course, sometimes we do it on purpose too. 🙂 Old family recipes are the best and such treasured keepsakes – aren’t they?

  4. Justin says:

    Ah banana bread, how I wish I could eat thee. The recipe sounds delicious,sadly banana’s don’t like me.
    Although, I suppose I could substitute them for Zucchini. That would be great, especially since I can grow them for free.

  5. Jennifer @ Money Aches says:

    I love banana bread! Really wish we had some bananas at home right now so I could make some.

    • Laurie says:

      I know, it’s the best! We have some “ready” bananas right now, but I’m afraid to make some, being on the juice fast and all. Not sure I could contain myself. 🙂

  6. Mr. 1500 says:

    Banana bread is just awesome. I could sit down and eat half a loaf in one sitting. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try and thank you for sharing!

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