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Banana Bread

While everyone is home, it seems baking has become a popular past time and that making banana bread is what’s baking in everyone’s oven. Rightfully so! It’s made with simple pantry ingredients and a great way to use overripe bananas. If you want to try a new recipe, take a look at these Blue Ribbon banana breads. They are all slightly different recipes and each one is super tasty.

“This recipe is written on a pink piece of card stock and sooo faded I can barely read it,” explains Lyn Starr (Bakersfield, CA). “This recipe was handed down by my Grams (Grandma Berry) who was from the Netherlands and Dairy Farmers.”

Lyn’s Gram’s Best Banana Bread is sweet, moist, and filled with banana flavors. With simple ingredients and instructions, it’s an old-school recipe. This is a loaf of delicious banana bread with a sweet story.

Caroline Mgawe shared her Easy Healthy Banana Bread recipe that’s so good you’d never guess it was made with healthier ingredients.

“This easy recipe shows you how good healthy can taste,” thinks Caroline. “You don’t need a mixer, I just use a fork to mix. It makes the house smell so nice, people always smile when they come in.”

Bananas make the bread sweet so you don’t notice that there is only a little sugar added. I added macadamia nuts to the bread and liked the crunch and coconut flavor. Dense and filling, enjoy this for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Caramelizing the bananas before baking Joan Penney’s (Platte City, MO) banana bread adds a richness that’s hard to describe.

“I love banana bread and am ALWAYS playing with and revising recipes hoping to finally hit upon the perfect texture, crumb, and wow factor,” shares Joan. “This recipe will not disappoint.”

The smell while Joan’s Caramelized Banana Bread bakes is intoxicating. It brings this simple bread to a whole new level of yumminess. One bite you know this isn’t an ordinary recipe. It’s tender, rich, and delicious. The top forms a sugary crust but the rest of the bread is fall-apart tender and full of banana flavor.

Crystal W. shared her recipe for Blueberry Banana Streusel Bread that I fell in love with. “This a great twist on regular banana bread,” says Crystal. “Very moist!”

I love the addition of blueberries in this bread. They complement the banana flavor. The oat, butter, brown sugar, cinnamony streusel on top is what sets this apart and makes it amazing.

“A delicious, different banana bread with a cream cheese center,” is how Kim (Boston, MA) describes her Aunt Lynda’s Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread recipe. “When sliced, this makes a great presentation.”

The filling inside is a neat surprise when you first cut into this loaf. I did put some nuts, sugar, and cinnamon on the top of the loaf before baking and highly recommend not skipping that step. It adds a nice little crust to the bread. I tried it while still a little warm and then again when it was entirely cool. Both were tasty, but I must say I liked best a little warm.

Does your family have a banana bread recipe they request? Share a link to it below so we can all try it too. Happy Pinching!