Best Ever Banana Nut Bread

Spring is right around the corner!  I can hardly believe that winter will be over next week, according to the calendar at least.  I feel like we didn't really get a winter here in the Texas Panhandle.  Sure we had some cold days and a "blizzard" where we got a foot of snow but it sure didn't last long.  Many of our so called winter days were in the 60's and 70's.  That's not winter my friends! 

So if you're like me and you want at least a few more cold spells, this recipe is for you.  It's warm and delicious, smells up the house, and warms up the kitchen.  Oh, and it looks so good sitting on a cute WINTER snowman plate. :)

Best Ever Banana Nut Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a loaf pan with butter. 
    In a large bowl, add first 3 ingredients and mix well. 
    In a small bowl, mash 2 of the bananas with a fork so that they stay a bit chunky.  You want these to have a little texture left to them. 
    In another large bowl, beat the remaining bananas and sugar together with a handheld mixer until it looks like a fluffy banana cream.  Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.  Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Gently fold in the chunky bananas and the nuts.
    Bake at 350 for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remember that ovens vary so yours might take a little more or less time than mine. 
    Cool the bread in the pan for about 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.  If you can.  It's hard to wait until it's completely cool.  Ask me how I know. ;)
    This bread is delicious served warm with a good slather of REAL butter!!!  YUM YUM!!
    Happy Cooking!!
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