Naptime’s Perfect Homestyle Banana Bread

adapted from an old handwritten recipe from my mother and grandmother


8 T. (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. good vanilla extract
ripe bananas, mashed (I mash them in a bowl with a fork)
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
½ t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
¾ c. mini-chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a standard 9×5 loaf pan*.
2. Mix together butter and sugar until fully combined. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mix well. Add mashed bananas, mix again until completely combined.
3. In a separate bowl mix flour, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate chips. Stir this mixture a few times and make sure the chips are fully coated with flour.
4. Working slowly, stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Keep stirring until all flour is fully incorporated. The batter may still be a little lumpy from the bananas, this is normal.
5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until top is golden and a cake tester comes out clean.
6. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, carefully remove it from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack before serving.
*You can also divide the batter into smaller loaf pans, or mini loaf pans if you want to make smaller breads.
Freezer Tips: This bread freezes well. If you want to save it for later simply wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Then wrap it again with an outer layer of aluminum foil. Make sure none of the bread is exposed to air. It will last in the freezer for 2-4 months.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

Banana bread goes with just about anything. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dessert. I have even grilled it before – it is delicious this way!

Naptime Stopwatch

The batter preparation takes a brief 5 minutes. Baking breads always takes a long time, this one needs to bake for about 50 minutes.

Naptime Reviews

Banana bread is a regular part of my daughter’s diet, she can never get enough. While this is a traditional comfort food, I have served it to guests as well. It is great for serving at playgroup, taking to a potluck, or bringing to a housebound friend.

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