When I was little, my mom used to make the best banana bread. She made it often, and it was always perfect. Her church friend back in Honduras had given her the recipe. Her friend cooked all day in her dark home, for her kids and her Italian husband! I’ll never forget the huge wooden table where she made bread, pizza, desserts, it was amazing! I remember numerous times going over to her house with my mom and she was always willing to share her delicious recipes.
She was one of my mom’s best friends and of course, my family always benefitted from her cooking knowledge. Over the years my mom perfected making the banana bread and it became a staple at our house.
Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances
Before we get started, here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.
Prep Tools & Utensils
These are the items I used to prep and make this recipe:
- I love how bright and colorful these knives are. They really add life to the kitchen, plus they’re affordable and cut very well.
- I use these little bowls all the time and not only for serving food. I also use them for food prep. They are perfect for holding ingredients.
- This is the trusty liquid measuring cup I use for anything over 1 cup. I’ve had it for years.
Appliances & Cookware
Serving Platters & Dishes
When not a special occasion, I’ll just cut a slice of this delicious banana bread and serve it on my everyday plates. These white plates are the best! They’re easy to clean and extremely durable. I’ve had them forever and have continually added to the collection over the years. For a special occasion, I’ll slice and serve up the loaf on my aqua platter.
My best friend in grade school loved my mom’s banana bread. Every time my mom would make it, it was a given that I’d pack up an extra piece and take it to school for her. My mom was always sure to make it when we knew she’d be coming over to play.
I don’t know why I remember little things like that and can’t remember some bigger parts of my childhood. Every time I make my mom’s banana bread I remember my friend and all the wonderful memories that I associate with her, like the Barbies, the Cabbage Patch dolls, and the endless sleepovers at each other’s houses.
It’s amazing how food can evoke such great feelings and memories. Even though I have the exact recipe, my banana bread will never be the same as when my mom made it, but now it’s my banana bread and my kids and my husband love it. I hope that someday my children will look back and remember my banana bread, and nothing but happy memories will come back.
My mom used to make it just as the recipe says, but in my house, we like to add walnuts. I have also added chocolate chips and it comes out great. My next venture will be to add blueberries!
Maybe you have another idea for something to add to it. Whether you add a little something extra or not, you won’t be disappointed when you make my mom’s banana bread!
I’d love to hear how your banana bread turns out!
My Mom’s Banana Bread
From scratch banana bread baked fresh in the oven.
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 sticks salted butter melted
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 5 bananas over ripened
- 2 tsps baking powder
a few Optional Additions
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips
- ½ cup blueberries
- Mash the bananas in a bowl.
- Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl.
- Mix in the butter, sugar and eggs with the mashed bananas.
- Add flour and baking powder.
- Spoon mixture into two greased loaf pans or one 9 x 13 pan.
- Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 45-55 min.
Some things you should know about this My Mom’s Banana Bread recipe.
Mix by hand. I like to mix everything by hand. It gives the bread the consistency that I expect.
A fluffier banana bread. When measuring the flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup so it’s not compacted. It will make your bread fluffier.
Save time with the microwave. I usually forget (or don’t have time) to set the butter out beforehand, so, I melt the butter in the microwave to save time.
While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.