Banana Bread

bananaBread_loafThe same night I made Cranberry Bread I whipped up a loaf of Banana Bread.  My Dad says this was practically a staple in the Hood house. They both cook a long time, but this one a bit shorter; I was able to mix the ingredients and prep the loaf just as the Cranberry Bread had the right amount of time left in the oven!

banana_bread_sliceA lot of Grandma’s recipes do not have instructions.  I started out with wet ingredients; added dry ingredients & finally my “extras”. Also, I did a bit of googling to find an average cooking time :). I wonder why she left some of these details out? Did she have it memorized? Were ovens inconsistent (when the recipe was created)?  Hmm

Here is her recipe card & the printable recipe!bananaBread_recipeCard

Banana Bread

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (approx 2, maybe 3 small)
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups All Bran cereal (or 2 1/2 cups Bran Flakes cereal)
  • 1/2 cup nuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix margarine, sugar & eggs together. Add mashed bananas.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet mixing bowl; loosely mixing the dry ingredients together.
    Then mix with wet ingredients.
  4. Add All-Bran cereal & nuts.  Mix.
  5. Scoop into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes – 1 hour.
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