I figured since I’ve already done a healthy banana muffin recipe, I should also show you how to make a good old fashioned version too. This is a true Susie’s recipe, passed down from my Mom. I’ve been eating this since I was a kid and now it’s one of my kid’s favourites too. As far as simple recipes go, this is it. Just 7 ingredients, no mixer required, simply stir, pour, and bake. Sometimes simple is really the best because it tastes so darn good.

Start by creaming together the butter and sugar in a large bowl.

Add eggs and mix to fully combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda to sift it together.

In another separate bowl, peel and mash the bananas.

Add mashed bananas to the butter mixture and stir until fully incorporated.

Finally, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. It is important not to overmix any batter once the flour is added as it develops the gluten and can make for a tough textured product.

Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 F for approx 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Alternatively, you could also scoop the batter into muffin tins and bake for approx 20 mins instead.

For those of you with a keen eye, you may have noticed that my photo measurements don’t match the recipe. That’s because I was doubling the recipe to use up a bunch of bananas I got on sale (I mean, at $0.17/lb, who can resist!!!) The original single batch recipe is what is listed below. You may have also noticed that my bananas appear a little darker than normal…because they are. I was actually going to make this recipe yesterday. Peeled my bananas and then realized I forgot to get butter! Yep, us pro bakers do these things too! So I wrapped the bowl, put them in the fridge and used them today in my recipe instead. Still perfectly fine for baking with. And for those of you who noticed these things, nice catch! 😉

On the subject of running out of ingredients, I thought you all may appreciate a post of substitutions you can use when baking and you find yourself in this situation of needing an ingredient you don’t have. So I will plan to do one of those posts in the near future. I couldn’t do that in this instance though since my plan was to blog the recipe so I needed the original ingredients for the pics.

I also thought you might like a peek into my home kitchen baking cupboards. I recently reorganized them and love how neat everything looks. The large containers are Tupperware (I can hook you up with my friend, Mari, if you want some for yourself too). And I also find using mason jars great for organizing ingredients as well. Still a little more organizing to do but I am happy with it so far.

Anyways, hope you enjoy one of my favourite childhood recipes!

Susie’s Traditional Banana Bread

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 overripe bananas, mashed

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda to sift ingredients together. In another bowl, peel and mash bananas. Add bananas to butter mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 F for approx 45-55  minutes.

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