Secret Ingredient Banana Bread

I buy bananas regularly at the grocery store.  I started to notice a frequent occurrence –   3 or 4 of them never get eaten.  They sit on the counter and begin to turn brown. Since I hate to see anything go to waste I usually use them to make banana bread.  It just so happens that this recipe for banana bread calls for 3-4 medium sized bananas.   Hmmm . . . I have a sneaking suspicion that my husband is leaving them there on purpose so he can have this treat on a regular basis!
Banana Bread


Secret Ingredient Banana Bread
Yields 1
A really moist quick bread.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 3-4 medium size ripe bananas
  5. 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt
  8. Secret Ingredient - light brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Then grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl cream butter.
  3. Gradually add sugar, beating well.
  4. Add eggs, 1 at a time beating well after each one.
  5. Mash bananas and add to the mixture, stirring until smooth.
  6. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture stirring just until dry ingredients are wet.
  7. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  8. Use the brown sugar to sprinkle on top of the batter until batter is covered.
  9. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes.
  10. Reduce heat to 350° and continue baking for 40 minutes or until cake tester/wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes in the pan.
  12. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
Adapted from Southern Heritage Breads Cookbook


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