Grandma’s Famous Banana Bread

Everyone wants this recipe!

0 Min Read
The best banana bread!

Grandma’s Famous Banana Bread

My grandmother gave me my first St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church Cookbook when I was seven years old. I felt so grown up; I couldn’t wait to make my first recipe. I decided to make my grandmother’s banana bread recipe. It is so good that I have passed this recipe on to many of my closest friends.

Church cookbooks are much more than just a collection of recipes. They reflect a community’s culture, traditions, and values. These cookbooks are often compiled by church members and volunteers who have a passion for cooking and a desire to share their favorite recipes with others. Each recipe is infused with love, tradition, and a sense of community, making these cookbooks an essential part of any church’s history.


  • Author: Kim Nicholson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55-60 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minute
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


  • 1 Stick (½ Cup) Butter
  • 3 Large Ripe Bananas, (medium or large)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • One teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  •  Grease a loaf pan with butter and set aside.
  • Add the stick of butter to a large bowl and microwave for 45 seconds or until melted.
  • Add the bananas to the same bowl and mash with a fork; it will look chunky.
  • Add the vanilla extract and egg to the bowl and use the same fork to mash and stir until no yellow streaks of egg remain.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a second large bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula until combined.
  • Chop walnuts and add to the mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. ( In my oven, it takes 60 minutes, so be sure to test for doneness with a toothpick)


This is the original recipe, but throughout the years, I have added the following options: you can be very creative with this recipe!

1 cup raisins

1 cup coconut

1 cup of chocolate chips

Keywords: banana bread, grandma's best banana bread

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag me — I can't wait to see what you've made!

Share This Article
New Release
New Release

"Hello, Franklin!"

Hello Franklin, the newest children's book from Kim Nicholson, is on a mission to help children understand the importance of insects and the natural world.