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Banana Bread

I found this recipe (submitted by Mary Braun) in the Mennonite Treasury, listed under Banana Cake, when I was still closer to being a newly wed. Over the years I have tried different recipes, all good, but somehow always come back to this very simple loaf, a favorite of one of my daughter’s. So I guess it deserves a spot on this blog. If you compare the recipes, you will notice that I have reduced the sugar and added orange juice, but it is great the original way too.

  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 med)
  • 2-3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream
  1. Grease and flour 2 small loaf pans. 
  2. Mash bananas and mix with orange concentrate. Set aside. 
  3. Cream butter, adding sugar gradually. Add eggs, banana pulp and vanilla. 
  4. Stir in combined dry ingredients, alternately with buttermilk. 
  5. Pour into prepared pans and bake at 350° F about 40 min. or until toothpick comes out clean. The original suggestion is to serve it with whipped cream, but you don’t need a thing on it when it’s fresh. Freezes well.


  1. Wow..this banana bread looks delicious! I use this same recipe for banana's my favorite!

  2. This looks wonderful and I lvoe the addition of orange juice.

  3. Thanks, I am always looking for a good banana bread recipe. I am going to make this today.

  4. Same...this is one of the two or three basic recipes I always go back to as well. But hey, I like the idea of substituting the orange juice. Now...where are those bananas....the boys eat them faster than I can save them for bread!

  5. I will be adding this recipe to my files. I lost my favorite recipe for banana bread and it seems that this may just may be the one. looks so yummy. I've been delivering baking to our local hospice lately and I think this will be on the tray this coming week. Thanks Kathy

  6. Simple with pure ingredients can never miss. . and I'll give it a try too.

  7. Is there anything like Banana bread?
    That's my dear little one's favorite. He could hardly speak...but he knew he wanted BB.

  8. Lovely picture ...the banana bread looks sooo moist! I must try it soon!

  9. I just want to say that I'm loving this blog and am getting lots of great recipes here....thanks! I made this recipe with my kiddos last night, but we didn't do the orange juice (didn't have any) and added chocolate chips. We made it as mini muffins, and they were great!

  10. This bread is so simple in taste and texture, we loved it. I have made many different banana bread recipes and they are wonderful, but there comes a time when you just want a good old fashioned, simple recipe. Delicious, I will be keeping this one close by. My family loved it! Thank you.

    Gina from Eat at Bett's

  11. This bread was awesome! So very moist. We all loved it! Didn't have the OJ conc. but was still good! Thanks.

  12. I made this banana bread this week and I think it is the best recipe I've ever used. Seems I jump from recipe to recipe waiting for just the right one. Got many compliments on this one. I didn't have the OJ concentrate, so add a cap of orange extract and a squirt of lemon juice. I'm trying the rhubarb bars today.

  13. Just made this and I was very pleased with the results. A very moist and favorful banana bread. I will make this again.

  14. Made this tonight to have on hand for lunch boxes. The orange juice was wonderful, and I added some grated orange zest too. Lovely change from my usual banana bread recipe.

  15. Mmmm- this turned out so good. Only had pineapple juice concentrate and sour cream on hand but the flavor is delish, bread turned out wonderful.
    Thank you for another great recipe :)

  16. This looks so wonderful! I am a bit confused though, do you use the OJ consentrate straight from the can or after you have added the water to it? i have 6 bananas in the freezer and am excited about making this for the family.

  17. Mary... that would be just the frozen OJ straight from the can and it's optional. All the best!

  18. Made this lovely bread this week. It will certainly be a go to recipe from now on.


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