Monday, July 11, 2016


I wish I could take credit
for this recipe but it comes from
my sweet friend, Barb D.
She used to make it for her hubby,
our friend, Jeff, before he passed away.

It is, hands down,

This time of year we have lots of
OVERRIPE bananas
and this is the perfect recipe 
to use them up.
Barb, I added a couple of things for our family---
Sugar and Vanilla-
You know me!

Here is some of what you will need--

Mixing-It looks like this:
Here you go!

Banana Bread- Barb's Recipe
1 Box KRUSTEAZ banana bread mix (or Duncan Hines/any brand)
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar*
1/2 cup nuts (or to taste)
3 small ripe bananas (DO NOT MASH)-quarter lengthwise and dice into small pieces (slightly larger than peas)
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon good vanilla*
In large bowl:  Combine mix, flour, sugar and nuts.  Toss diced bananas into dry mix and stir to coat.
In separate bowl: Whisk together- eggs, water, oil & vanilla. Add to dry mix.
Stir just until moist.  
Sprinkle extra nuts on top if desired.
I use two regular size loaf pans and make 2 loaves.  Barb uses a large loaf pan and makes one big loaf.
Bake @ 350° -about 45 minutes for small loaves-over an hour for large loaf-or until tester comes out clean.
Barb sometimes adds: peeled apple, pear, coconut, drained crushed pineapple.  If you add fruit cut back on water content.
*I added the sugar and vanilla-it was not part of Barb’s original recipe—but you know me!

My son is a banana bread NUT 
(little play on words there).  
He says this is the best he has ever had.

So- there you have it.
ALL the monkeys in my family
seem to like it....
Except for THIS ONE!
He seems to like his
better than anything.
I guess it is better than drinking THIS---
which I may resort to if life doesn't 
settle down here soon.
I will be around to visit you soon!

your photo name


a writing place said...

Just toooooo da*n hot, to bake anything, around here. Oh well, whatever one bakes, is "not good for you" anyway. I suppose I should welcome the forced "goodness." >,-)

Oh and btw, I'm not really here. 'Cause I'm not writing at "A writing place" for the time being. Just popping in, now and then. And so, I have comments closed there. Soooooo... as I said.... I'm not really here.

You understand that, I am sure! >,-)

(Who isn't here...)

Ron said...

I LOVE banana bread with my morning coffee. Yum! Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat week.

Susie said...

Diana, That is one thing all my daughters can make well. Banana bread. Ted loves it when they try to compete with each other and give him bread to judge. LOL He likes them all. I have been wondering if things were a bit harried around your house. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Wild Oak Designs said...

Oh that looks wonderful!!
In the last few years, I have used Pamela's gluten free mix for most of my baking needs, as I have cut wheat and Most sugar from the diet....
Your recipe, rather your friend's, is wonderful.....

Kim said...

Always up for a great recipe, Diana! Thanks for sharing! :)

Red Rose Alley said...

This banana bread looks amazing, Diana. You can tell from your pictures that it's moist and Yummy. And a little dab of butter is the way to go. Did I ever tell you that Jess' fiancé makes us banana bread with chocolate chips every Christmas? Oh my, it's delicious. That's one tradition I won't give up hehehehe.

I'm so glad to hear you are baking again, Diana.

love, ~Sheri

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love banana bread Diana and thanks for this wonderful recipe from your friend!! :)

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Hello Diana, that banana bread is making my mouth water. The monkeys around here would love it I'm sure. I do hope you can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer. xo ♥

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Oh, that looks so moist and yummy. I wish that I had some bananas in the house to make it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always loved banana out of the oven! I would even put a little butter on a slice. I guess now, I'll just have to have one of your bananas before you smash it! haha! Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Looks good, Diana, but I gotta tell you, that is one freaky scary monkey you have there. That thing gives me the shivers! -Jenn

Anonymous said...

we don't have the banana bread mix over here but this sounds wonderful, I like the way you leave the banana in bits,, I hope you have the very best summer!!

Junkchiccottage said...

Yum I am going to make this tonight when it cools down and I feel like putting the oven on. I have some ripe banana's just waiting to be put into this bread recipe. Yummo! I think adding the good vanilla makes the bread so much better too. Have a good week my friend.

camp and cottage living said...

Sure looks yummy, Diana! Krusteaz makes a good pancake and pie crust mix as well.


LOVE banana bread!!! Warm out of the oven with butter! YUM!

Simply LKJ said...

I love love love banana bread. My MIL makes it and it is always soooo moist! We've now adapted the recipe for gluten free too.

Cozy Little House said...

I love banana bread, but have not baked it in ages! I'll have to do that.

LV said...

Nice to see today. Do not do much cooking just for me, but would love a big, hot slice of this bread. I love it while warm. Glad your life is gettig somewhat back ti normal.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Very cute post and banana bread is always a favorite. I have an awesome recipe that I make from scratch. It is not dry! A nice slice with a cup of coffee is wonderful. Thank you Diana for your sweet words on Celestina Marie's blog. It was so nice to read that...xo

Missy George said...

Thanks Diana..Sounds great..I would probably have to eat the whole loaf myself...Cute post

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diana, this is so delicious. I have the same great recipe and been baking it for 40 years. Everyone will love it.
Great post!! Thanks for stopping by today. So nice to see you. Have a great week!! xoxo

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Yum, yum. I like the idea of adding vanilla. I just may need to try this - but wouldn't you know I'm on a diet? :p Oh well, I'll make it when I hit my goal. Hope y'all are doing well.

Vee said...

Oh I do love banana bread and you say not to mash the bananas? Hmmmm...must try that!

Susan Freeman said...

Thanks for the recipe! My hubby loves banana bread!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Linda said...

Glad you are back! I am going to try that banana bread, it's different from any I have seen.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I always make my Grandmothers but may have to try this! So good to see you post!

Karen said...

Does anything smell better that banana bread baking? Yum

Launna said...

I am and always have been a banana bread fan... I have a recipe from of my grandmothers that I used to make years ago... it was moist and very tasty... this one looks really delicious Diana xox

Oh doesn't purging feel awesome, the older I get the easier it gets... Valentina likes to hold on to things, when she goes to camp again, I already have that lady set up to come in help me purge Valentina's 2 closets. I honestly don't think she will miss anything as she doesn't even know what she has these days... I am loving how organized I have become... the less the better, so much less chance of becoming a clutter bug (still a way to go but I am on the right track) xox

Chatty Crone said...

Okay I made a copy of this - I LOVE banana bread - looks great and easy and moist. Thanks.

God's Grace Overflows said...

Hello! Baking here right now is out of the question! Its scorching hot...well, that and I'm heading our of town for a no turning on the oven! Ha!
This bread recipe does sound yummy. I wrote it down, so I'll try it soon.
Have a delightful week Diana!
Hugs, Amy
PS... I'm still praying for both you and John! :)

God's Grace Overflows said...

Hello! Baking here right now is out of the question! Its scorching hot...well, that and I'm heading our of town for a no turning on the oven! Ha!
This bread recipe does sound yummy. I wrote it down, so I'll try it soon.
Have a delightful week Diana!
Hugs, Amy
PS... I'm still praying for both you and John! :)

Pam Kessler said...

Uh, I never once thought to NOT mash my bananas! That is pure genius right there!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I guess there is a challenge on here since I think my banana bread recipe is the best EVAH!! I will try this one and compare the two. I will take on the hard but necessary job of taste testing both breads and I may even do a blind taste test with my husband and son, who also think mine is the BEST! Not this week though.....96 degrees here tomorrow!!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Well I shall try this recipe one of these days when it cools the 90's here this week. I like the idea of adding other fruit as well. I think my local store carries that mix brand; will have to check :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Well I shall try this recipe one of these days when it cools the 90's here this week. I like the idea of adding other fruit as well. I think my local store carries that mix brand; will have to check :)

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

I'm always up for a new banana bread recipe Diana. My husband is ahem...nuts about it too.


Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Sounds so good, Diana. Bananas are good! Hope things are settling down around you, going bananas is not good! Happy Tuesday..xxo Judy

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

Looks delicious, Diana. I am so far behind in my blog reading. Didn't know you were downsizing, but I can tell you I was so happy to get rid of "stuff". xo Laura

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I love banana bread and that banana vodka looks tasty, too! So nice to see one of your fun posts! Hugs xo Karen

Cranberry Morning said...

The banana bread looks good but it's not going to happen until I'm no longer living on crutches. It's been so fun to read your blog again. Diana. xo

living from glory to glory said...

Hey Monkey, I made a copy and bought the mix, gonna give it a try and going to send a copy to my granddaughter!
Hugs, Roxy

Nonnie said...

I will be saving this for later. Right now I'm trying to finish off all the zucchini muffins and bread. Good to hear from you again!

Kay G. said...

I love banana bread, but then, I bet you could guess that! HA! Great recipe, you are a doll to share it.
Have a great summer! (Say hey to your hubby, the funny guy who puts his underwear in the microwave!) xx

Gypsy Heart said...

Yummy! I hope you took some time to sit down, breathe, have a piece of this with your coffee. :)


Carla from The River said...

Oh, I love Banana Bread.
How ya doing after all the stormy weather?
We had a few trees down in Cameron. My parents live in Northern Wisconsin and got hit with the flooding.

Suzanne said...

Looks delicious! I have just spent some time catching up on your blog. So very happy to hear things are better for you and your husband. You've been in my prayers! And I'm glad you were able to get away and relax a little, too. Much love coming your way! xo

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Diana this looks fabulous! I have been on a serious banana and coconut kick for some reason this summer. This looks and sounds like a recipe worth giving a whirl! I know I haven't been around very much recently but please know that I am keeping you and your hubby in my prayers.
XO Barbara

Attic Clutter said...

oh yummmmmy love banana bread..looks so good Diana..

Candy S said...

Oh thank you Diana! I am a banana nut bread junkie. I will be sure to try this one out when the weather cools down a bit

Lynn Wheeler said...

I made three loaves and they are cooling on the rack right now. Taking one to my Mom tomorrow. Can't wait to taste!!! It smelled wonderful baking. :)

Sweet Tea said...

I need a piece of that Banana Bread for a bedtime snack. It looks yummy!
Hope your life has " normalized" and that you and John are having a
Wonderful Summer. I think of you often.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

This recipe really sounds delightful! I've never just cut up bananas for nut bread, and that sounds intriguing to me, so I will definitely have to try it! I understand things must be very crazy at your house with that monkey hanging around with a yellow bottle, lol! Just keep him away from your overripe bananas so you can make more 'nana bread :) Praying for you all!!!!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

It sounds almost like a double banana bread! Looks yummy with a capital YUM!

Annesphamily said...

Banana Bread sounds wonderful! I have not been blog hopping for a while. So here I am catching up with all your posts. Your friends recipe is yummy looking. Since I am now sitting here in September, my friend Linda has a recipe for Apple slices drenched in chocolate and eaten like candy apples. This time of year reminds me of my mom and I can see her baking apples for us. I sure love stopping here and hope you will blog as much as time allows. Love to you and John. God bless you.