best banana bread recipeMy daughter was born in Nova Scotia, Canada.  It snows a lot there.  We used to go sledding.  A lot.  One day, Ava and I were having a conversation where she told me that she has never seen snow before.  Huh wah?  And she continued on that she had never been sledding before.  Again, Huh wah?

I needed to show her that she in fact, had seen snow.  Played in snow.  And has been stuffed into a snowsuit a time or two.

The thing about having a mother that is a photographer is that your life has been chronicled.  You cannot get away with a whole lot when your mom can call your bluff with hard proof.  Sometimes, like this case, the proof is there, but despite your best efforts (actually printing said proof) it can take a bit to track down.  I had a very old “space” that I would post very bad pictures and ramblings on.  While I was searching for the snow pictures, I found that I had posted this banana bread recipe.  I was so excited because I have been looking for this recipe for years.  I lost it along the way and have tried many recipes trying to replace it.  It is the only recipe that I had ever posted on this blog, how crazy is that?

See, she has seen snow.

And no, you cannot see my “space”.  I am keeping my orange-skinned neon people all to myself.

best banana bread recipe2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans (I like walnuts in this bread too)

best banana bread recipeIn a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.

best banana bread recipeAdd the eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla to a large bowl.

best banana bread recipeMix the wet ingredients really well.  Add the flour, baking soda, and salt.

best banana bread recipeMix until just combined.  You do not want to over-mix this batter.

best banana bread recipeFold in the nuts.

best banana bread recipePour the batter into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray.  I made herb rolls in mason jars so I wanted to see if I could make muffins in mason jars too.  So I tried it.  Guess what?

best banana bread recipeYou totes can!  How cute are these?  Wouldn’t they be cute at a brunch or a shower of some sort?

best banana bread recipeBake the bread in a preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour, or when a tester comes out clean.  The muffins baked in about 18 minutes.

best banana bread recipe

By the way, the reason why this recipe is titled, “The Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever” is because that is what it said on the piece of paper that this recipe was written on.  By someone’s aunt.  Who am I to argue with someone’s aunt?  And because it is.  It also said that this recipe does not double.

The Best Banana Bread Ever
 
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans (I like walnuts in this bread too)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
  2. Add the eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla to a large bowl.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients really well. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Mix until just combined. You do not want to over-mix this batter.
  5. Fold in the nuts.
  6. Pour the batter into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  7. Bake the bread in a preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour, or when a tester comes out clean. The muffins baked in about 18 minutes.