Grandma’s Banana Bread

by | May 1, 2014 | desserts/sweets, recipes

Banana Bread recipe

Grandma’s Banana Bread Recipe

My children have been asking me for what seems like weeks to make banana bread. The house is smelling pretty sweet right now, and you can bet I have two kids who are hovering over the oven, ready to devour a couple of fresh-out-of -the-oven slices!

Mom used to make the BEST banana bread! Ali and Zach loved it…and also her zucchini bread (they had no idea zucchini was in it)! This morning I went to Mom’s recipe boxes. I located her banana bread recipe (I’ve only made it a couple times since she passed away).

Looking at the recipe card made me smile. It’s yellowed from the years of use, and has a few stains on it. But the coolest things is that it’s not written in Mom’s handwriting, it’s written in my grandmother’s handwriting!

Banana bread recipe

I never met my Grandmother Margaret. She passed away when Mom was twelve years old.

I mentioned to the kids “this is your great-grandmother’s handwriting.” Ali jokingly said in her sweet fifteen year-old way, “When you die, I call for all of the recipe cards!”

I have some of my Grandmother’s dishes displayed in our kitchen above my cupboards and in our china cabinet. I cherish all of the things that were once hers, and only wish I could have met her. I feel especially blessed to be making her banana bread this morning!

Grandma’s Banana Bread recipe:

1/2 c. butter or shortening (if shortening is used, add 1/2 t. salt)
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
3 mashed ripe bananas
2 c. flour
1 t. soda (sift with flour)
1/2 c. nuts – optional (I left them out)

Mix in order given. Bake 1 hr. at 350 degrees.


(Original post August 10, 2009)

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  1. Betsy

    I’ll have to try this. My mom used to make fantastic banana bread too, but I don’t have her recipe.

    How cool to have the card in your grandma’s handwriting.

    • Julie

      Betsy, it’s my favorite. Maybe a big part of that is because it’s from my childhood, but it’s so easy and delicious. I have many recipes in my grandmother’s handwriting. They are a gift! If you try it, let me know what you think. Have a blessed day today!


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