December 18, 2014

My Banana Bread Recipe

Baking Banana Bread

Bisquick Banana Bread
I have been in the kitchen cranking out banana bread this week. I have had this recipe for years, and it is online now at But like most recipes, I tweak them some. This is a great bread to make and give away, or to have for visitors at your home, or for yourself. It is good with your morning coffee or tea...or for coffee or tea time later in the day. It also freezes well, for about a month. I am going to share the original recipe, and share with you how I (and you) can "change it up." 

Bisquick Banana Bread 
preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • 2 1/3 Cups of Bisquick
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1/3 Cup of Veg or Canola oil.
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • optional,3/4 Cup of chopped nuts. I use pecans.

1. Mix together Bisquick, sugar, oil, & eggs. Beat well with mixer.
2. Stir in mashed bananas.
3. Stir in vanilla and nuts.
4. Grease and flour your baking pan or pyrex. (I use 2 glass pyrex loaf pans or a Bundt cake pan.) 
5. Pour the batter into pyrex, pans, or bundt.
6. Bake 350 degrees for 40-60 minutes depending on the pan: glass, dark nonstick, size, mini loaf pans, muffin pan, etc. All of these affect baking time.Test for done-ness by inserting a toothpick or thin knife into the center of the bread to see if it comes out clean. Clean means that the batter has cooked and that the pan is ready to come out of the oven. Do not over bake...You get dried out bread.

Note: This recipe makes a lot of batter. I find that it is best to divide the batter into two loaf pans, or several small loaf pans, or muffin/cupcake pans.This requires you to monitor the baking time at all times until you have figured out what is best for your pan choice and your oven.  (If you put all of this batter into one loaf pan you can have a situation where the bread is too done on the outside in order to get the inside done.)  

My changes/suggestions
1. I often use half white sugar and half light brown sugar. I think it might make the bread more moist.
2. Can use a powdered sugar glaze of your choice.
3. I like a caramel icing on top of the bread. 
4. I discovered sugar cookie icing in a squeeze worked great on the top of my banana bread.
5. I always add a teaspoon or two of cinnamon.
6. You can also add a band of parchment paper to assist with removing the bread loaf from the container. Still grease and flour pan.


I would love to hear how you add to or change this recipe, if you do.

I give away some of the bread I bake...but I always bake some to keep around the house too. 
Here is the cookie icing I was telling you about earlier. This is a gift from heaven for me, since I cannot seem to make pretty iced cookies. Maybe I need to practice more...but this little packet of sugar icing works just fine for me. :-) I put some on the top of one banana bread loaf. I like it.
Have you tried Aspen Cider Spices before? I have bought these little cartons of spice mix for years at a local gift shop. They are great to include with a baked gift or keep around the kitchen. I like to put a couple of spoons full in my tea. You can also add it to apple cider, juice, or mulled wine. Sprinkle some on a ham before you bake it. Yum.

Back when we entertained larger groups I would put a gallon or two of apple cider, or apple juice, into my huge coffee urn, and put a box of spice mix into the plastic coffee filter (minus the paper filter.) As the cider "perks" the spices mix into the liquid. Yum. 

While we are in the kitchen let me share a few pics that I took while the banana bread was baking.
Red Kitchen Aid Mixer
This is a nice six quart pro mixer and bowl. Hubby gave it to me for Valentine's day several years ago. I often mix double and triple batches of a normal size was just not large enough. Daughter inherited my original white Kitchen Aid. She says she uses it every week. So, it went to a good home!
I have a few farm animals in my kitchen...
roosters and Petunia Pig. Here is one of my small roosters.
Beatrix Ball tray
My Beatrix Ball tray is very useful. Easy cleanup with a formal look. For this traditional girl, it is the best of both worlds. 
Christmas in the Kitchen
Here is one of many looks for the kitchen table. Also, we put wreaths all around the house, even the back. I like the look. The wreaths remind me that this is a special time of the year. A time to be home and stoke the home fires. A time to be quiet and cozy...and think about what is really important in life. 
Kitchen in Candlelight
And here is the kitchen with a little candlelight. I always love a reason to light candles...and holiday time is a great reason. 
I may just sit down and enjoy a piece of warm banana bread and a hot cup of spiced tea, and watch the flicker of candlelight...and think about how special this time of the year is. 

If you do not have time to make this banana bread before Christmas, I suggest you try it sometime this winter. It is good. 

Thanks for visiting.

Here is the link to the recipe online too.

Aspen Cider Spices are available on Amazon.(I offer an Amazon link in the sidebar because I am an Amazon Affiliate.) Click, then type Aspen Cider Spices in the search box. Let me know if you like them.

Thanks for visiting,
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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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