Banana Nut Bread or “What Should I Do With My Old Bananas?”


This morning I woke up and I went to my kitchen to start a pot of coffee. As I was waiting for the pot to finish brewing I noticed a funny smell in the air. Following the lead of my nose I finally found the source of this sweet but acrid smell, it was coming from the fruit bowl on my kitchen counter. There were three bananas in the bowl that had gotten too ripe for corn flakes.  You know the smell I am talking about. After pondering this dilemma, which was really tough to do before having my first cup of coffee, I decided to make Banana Nut Bread. You’ve got to try a slice of this cake with some cream cheese or if you want to get fancy top this cake with your favorite cream cheese icing.  This cake is so good you will want to hide it from the kids or grand kids if you are my age. And no wise cracks about my old bananas please.

• 3 large very ripe bananas
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs beaten
• 1tsp vanilla extract
• 3 tbs. sour cream
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl. Melt butter in a sauce pan, remove the pan from heat and add sugar and stir. Add butter and sugar mixture to bowl of mashed bananas and mix well. Add beaten eggs, vanilla, sour cream, salt and baking soda to bowl and mix well. Add flour and nuts to bowl and mix until just combined. Pour mixture into a greased 5X9 loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Remove bread from oven and cool on a wire rack in pan for 15 minutes. Then remove cake from the pan and finish cooling on rack.

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About Renee Lalane
I was born and raised in New York. Later in life I moved to Central Florida. I am of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Puerto Rican and Cuban decent. I have been working in the restaurant business for most of my life and have owned five along the way. Recently I became aware of the fact that as my elders passed away their recipes passed with them. I call these recipes "Heirloom Recipes" I am dedicating this site to saving recipes from extinction. Not only recipes from my family but from yours. Do you have a unique recipe that needs saving? Send it to me along with a name and picture of your relative and I will review it and possibly post it as an Heirloom Recipe.

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