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Mimi’s Banana Bread

Banana bread recipe passed down for generations still holds up

December 9, 2021

Many recipes have been passed down in my family, but the one that is the most memorable is the famous Mimi’s Banana Bread. The reason this one sticks out to me the most is because the first time we spent Christmas in Houston my aunt decided to bring the recipe back out. Ever since then, Mimi’s Banana Bread has always been my go-to treat around Christmas time and when the weather starts to get cooler. 

Mimi was my great grandmother on my mother’s side of the family who loved to cook. Many recipes have come from her, but this is the one most important to my family. 

When making this recipe I had to change up the flour to a gluten-free flour, but regular works too. Some tips I have learned along the way while making this recipe; make sure the butter is soft or even melted, use an electric mixer instead of doing it all by hand (it will save a lot of time and make sure everything is smooth), and also make sure you use the correct measurements. 

In our family when we serve the banana bread, we do it in the morning as a little breakfast treat. You can enjoy Mimi’s Banana Bread all year long, but the best time is during the fall and winter and especially on Christmas morning. On Christmas morning each year while opening presents you have the smell of the banana bread baking in the oven. 

There are many different ways to dress up your banana bread. Adding nuts, chocolate chips or even icing are simple ways to make the dessert even more enjoyable than it already is. In my opinion, chocolate chips add the best little touch to the banana bread. If you are not a fan of nuts, such as pecans and walnuts, definitely add chocolate chips to your loaf to give it extra flavor and varied texture. 

To further enhance your banana bread, serve it with some hot tea or hot chocolate. I hope when you try this wonderful recipe you will enjoy it as much as my family does. This could be a new tradition in your family.



1 cup Butter 

2 cups Sugar 

6 Bananas 

4 Eggs

2 ½ cups Flour 

2 tsp Baking soda 

1 tsp salt 

⅓ cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)



First add the butter, sugar and bananas into a large mixing bowl and mix. For best results I recommend using a mixer throughout the whole process.

In a smaller bowl crack the eggs, and add in the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda). After you have the ingredients in two separate bowls, add the dry ingredients into a bigger bowl while your mixer is on low. 

After you have all the ingredients mixed together, set the bowl aside. At this point you should only have one bowl.This would be the time to add in your choice of nuts, chocolate chips or even keep it the way it is. 

You now need to grab a non-stick loaf pan and spray it with cooking spray to ensure your bread does not stick to the pan. 

After your loaf pan is sprayed, add in the batter. After this is done your banana bread is ready to go into the oven for one hour. 

After your banana bread is taken out of the oven, you will need to let it cool before taking it out of the pan. 

Once cooled, you can take it out of the pan and place it onto a serving plate.

Once your bread is on the plate you can slice it to your liking.

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