Grandma's banana bread is an easy recipe with no fuss or frills and gives you great results every time! A great way to use ripe bananas too!

Grandma's Banana Bread. Easy recipe with no fuss or frills and gives you great results every time!

Grandma's Banana Bread. Gosh this is a delicious recipe!

It can often be hard searching for a tried and tested recipe for a good cake, that will be moist, tasty, and also look great, but Heather was lucky to have a grandma who enjoyed baking and keeping a record of all her recipes. This Banana Bread recipe dates back to at least the 1960's, if not further back.

Making this banana bread is a great way to use up over ripe bananas. The riper the better!

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The recipe is very straightforward and we've had some lovely stories and feedback from you saying you've baked Grandma's Banana Bread with your son/daughter and they've enjoyed mixing the ingredients and of course, enjoyed eating their creation too.

This particular recipe is quite sweet so if you haven't got a sweet tooth, feel free to reduce the sugar by knocking about 1/3 off the amount listed in the ingredients.

This delicious recipe has been generously shared by one of our foodie friends, Heather. I'll let Heather tell the story behind it!

Grandma's Banana Bread. Easy recipe with no fuss or frills and gives you great results every time!

"My grandmother (Geneva Ruth Buchanan) had it written on an old piece of paper that was shoved in an old cookbook from 1960, that she left for me when she passed... I sadly don't have the paper it was written on anymore, it has crumbled over the years and was very hard to get the recipe off of, that's why I copied it so I could have it forever!"

My Grand always made me banana bread when I was little, in a little loaf that was just mine!! So now I make it for my boys to remember her and her little kitchen smelling so wonderful! If you think people would like it, go ahead and use it!!

" A secret recipe is no fun if you don't have wonderful friends that you can share it with!"- Geneva Ruth Buchanan

Grandma's Banana Bread. Easy recipe with no fuss or frills and gives you great results every time!
These are my grands old pans, egg cooker, and spice rack!


Recipe by: Heather Rae Buchanan and her Grandma, Geneva Ruth Buchanan

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

1 hour

Yield

6 -8 Persons

You Will Need

a greased 4 x 8 inch loaf pan

Ingredients

3-4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup / 75 g melted butter
1 cup / 200 g sugar
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups / 190 g all purpose flour

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350F, Gas 4, 180 C

2. Mix butter and smashed bananas together

3. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla

4. Add baking soda and salt and mix well

5. Add flour and give it a final mix

6. Pour into a greased 4 x 8 inch loaf pan

7. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool on a wire rack.

Grandma's Banana Bread. Easy recipe with no fuss or frills and gives you great results every time!

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Grandma's Banana Bread. Easy recipe with no fuss or frills and gives you great results every time!

Grandma’s Banana Bread

Yield: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Grandma's Banana Bread. Easy recipe with no fuss or frills and gives you great results every time!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup / 75 g melted butter
  • 1 cup / 200 g sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups / 190 g all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350F, Gas 4, 180 C
  2. Mix butter and smashed bananas together
  3. Add sugar, egg and vanilla
  4. Add baking soda and salt and mix well
  5. Add flour and give it a final mix
  6. Pour in to a greased 4 x 8 inch loaf pan
  7. Bake for 1 hour
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best banana bread I have eaten. I cut the sugar to 3/4 cup and on the next one I plan on cutting the sugar to 1/2 cup. I also added about a cup of chopped walnuts. This bread is very moist. I will definitely make this again and again.

  2. 5 stars
    I made your Grandma’s Best Banana Bread today. I did add to your recipe, I always add to recipe’s just to see what I get. With your exact ingredients, I also added 1/2c of crushed Walnuts, 1/2c of chopped mini peanut butter pieces, and a 1/2c of plain Greek yougurt, with a dash of cinnamon. I have already eaten two pieces of this Banana bread, it is soooo good! Thanks for sharing your recipe, and as I say, it is always fun to add to it too. It’s a keeper!

  3. Was wondering if I could use thawed frozen bananas in Grandmas recipe?
    If so, do I use the same amount?
    Can’t wait to make this and your banana cookies!
    Thank you

    1. Hi Dunia, yes of course! Just make sure when they have thawed you use some kitchen paper to get any excess water off them otherwise your batter could end up a bit too wet!

  4. Delicious indeed. I only made small changes because it is perfect.

    I used Gold Medal bread flour, Turbinado Sugar in the Raw and added a1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Mix the Turbinado with the bananas. Because it has melted butter, use room temp bananas or the butter will gel.

    Eat right out of the oven or after it’s been cooled off and in fridge, it’s easier to cut. Toasted with a bit of butter is how we like it.

    And by far the easiest recipe and the tastiest.