Quest for the Best Banana Bread Numero Cuatro

A few months back we started our quest for the best banana bread. In large part it was due to this recipe. Several years ago when we lived in Minnesota, a good friend brought over her banana bread. At the time it had been years since I had actually had any banana bread. I knew I liked banana bread, but since making it with my dad I had never really been wowed by it. That is until I took a bite of Doree’s banana bread. I was hooked – we were all hooked.

I kept telling Doree that she should sell this stuff to the local coffee shops. It is that good. Throughout our years in Minnesota Doree kept us supplied with this wonderful treat (It came in particularly handy when I was pregnant with Miss A!). After several months away from Minnesota and in our new hometown, I began craving this bread. I was so honored when Doree shared this recipe with us and so excited when it turned out just as good as her’s.

Doree’s banana bread is loaded with bananas, four or five to be exact. We combined the bananas with the other wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat them together. The wet ingredients include eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla.

Next we sifted together the dry ingredients in a smaller mixing bowl which included white sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt and baking soda.

We slowly added the dry ingredients to the wet while beating to form a smooth batter. Finally we poured the batter into the greased baking dish.

Doree’s banana bread bakes for an hour to an hour and a half at 325F. The result is a beautifully browned, yet extraordinarily moist banana bread.

One taste and all of us rang in with four spoons. This bread is so hard to resist – especially warm and just out of the oven. It also freezes quite well and is very tasty just slightly thawed. Regardless of how you eat it, it’s a darn good banana bread recipe.

We still think it’s the best banana bread out there, which is why we’ve launched this quest. We’re on a mission to see if there is any other recipe we like more than this one. Or if this is, in fact, our best banana bread. Over the next several weeks we have several more banana bread recipes to roll through and then we’ll conclude with our final taste test. :)

We’re still open to new recipes, so feel free to send them our way. Many thanks to Doree for this family favorite!

Print this recipe: Doree’s Banana Bread

43 comments on “Quest for the Best Banana Bread Numero Cuatro

  1. […] my eye on a couple of recipes, ChefMom over at Eat play love is on a quest to find if her friend Doree’s banana bread is the ultimate recipe out there , Linda over at  Savoring every bite  posted an amazing whole […]

  2. banana bread is one of my many vices! i’m always on the lookout for good recipes!

    • ChefMom says:

      This is definitely one of our favorites and totally worth the calorie splurge. :) Thanks for visiting and commenting! We’ll have more banana bread recipes in the next few weeks as well. :)

  3. […] Adapted from Chef Mom – see her original recipe here […]

  4. bakingdevils says:

    Sounds amazing… I have tried a few recipes of banana bread over the past few months and have never really, really liked the end result of most of them…I will have to give this a try…sounds yummy!


    • ChefMom says:

      Hi Shilpa. I find that so many of the banana breads we’ve tried taste similar, but have subtle differences. This particular recipe is set apart by its moistness. It does take a long time to bake. Don’t be surprised if it surpasses an hour and a half. Just keep testing with the toothpick. The results are worth it. Thanks for visiting and commenting! :)

  5. You had me a bananas…great recipe :)

  6. eftychia says:

    This loaf looks perfect for breakfast and afternoon snack. With a cup of coffee will be perfect!

  7. Mary says:

    You should wrap these up and give them as gifts – the loaf look SOOOOOOOOOO good!

    • ChefMom says:

      That’s what our friend Doree would do. She’d actually make these into mini loaves sometimes and give them as gifts. :) Have a great weekend Mary!

  8. Can you believe I’ve never had banana bread? When I had the chance to try it once, I wouldn’t because I was a teenager.. enough said LOL. But I really love this recipe and can’t wait to make it. And I couldn’t help but notice the little helpers weren’t in this article.. Hope the family is doing wonderfully :).

    • ChefMom says:

      I get that. I can’t tell you the number of things I wouldn’t eat when I was a teenager. LOL. This is a great recipe and a good one to start with if you’ve never had banana bread. The kiddos were outside playing when I made this one. :) But believe me, they were on hand to eat this one. LOL! Have a great weekend!

  9. TasteFood says:

    This banana bread has exactly the color I go for in a good banana bread. I like that you add buttermilk – this is bookmarked!

    • ChefMom says:

      Thanks! I love this color banana bread too. The secret, I think, is to bake it at a low temperature like this for a long time. It’s so moist too!

  10. Yours just may be the best. It looks fabulous! I have two one my site. One traditional (with chocolate chips) and one bad boy of a banana bread (double chocolate!). Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh my goodness, that looks so good! Reminds me of this ultra-moist poppy seed bread/cake that we used to eat when I was a kid– a woman in our neighborhood would bake them and sell them around the holidays. I’d give anything for her recipe, I’ve never been able to replicate it…

    • ChefMom says:

      Thanks Tori! That poppy seed cake sounds so delicious. Maybe one of these days you’ll match the recipe, you did after all land your MIL’s baba ghanoush! :) I’m a firm believer that while there are truly so many amazing cooks on tv and in restaurants throughout the world, that often the most extraordinary cooks are those found in our own neighborhoods! Doree, author of this recipe, was definitely one of those. :)

  12. I have what I think is a pretty darn good recipe for banana bread but yours looks even better! I can’t wait to try it out!

  13. Kelly says:

    I think I may have missed a few instalments but I have to say the peanut butter banana bread you featured back in April speaks to me in a big way… I love nuts in my banana bread! (in a strange way I don’t feel like it’s banana bread without them….)

    • ChefMom says:

      LOL. We are just the opposite. We much prefer are banana bread sans nuts. But I think that’s what’s so fun about banana bread – everyone seems to have a favorite recipe and a favorite combination. There are just so many possibilities. :)

  14. What a fun exercise. This one looks so moist. I don’t like bananas, but I love the smell of banana bread and will eat it, gladly.

    • ChefMom says:

      It has been fun – and believe me the kids aren’t complaining! The smell of banana bread is great – I love the way it fills up the whole house.

  15. spicegirlfla says:

    I haven’t made banana bread in a long time! Love the story behind the bread; your friend was very generous in baking for you and providing the recipe! The ingredients are very pure and simple. This weekend I have a full house of guests who I believe will love waking up to this!!

    • ChefMom says:

      I can guarantee your guests won’t complain! I can’t wait to read what you guys come up with for eats and drinks this weekend. I love your guest party weekends! :)

  16. Good Cooks says:

    That’s look yummy, love it.
    I never tried the banana bread before, but once I fall in love with yours, surly it deserves the try.
    THANK YOU, and special thanks for doree.

    • ChefMom says:

      It really is a good recipe for banana bread. I have to say it also makes me feel a little bit like I’m back at “home” when I eat it too. :) Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  17. Your friends banana bread certainly does look like the winner! You may want to try my family recipe too, you know, just in case and just to make sure – :-) Mandy

    • ChefMom says:

      Thanks Mandy! We’ll throw it in the rotation! I agree…we have to make sure. LOL. Mike is convinced that nothing will beat out Doree’s bread. I’m keeping more of an open mind, but I do have to admit it’s going to have to be a special recipe to win all of us over. The fun part about this whole thing is that you can really never go wrong with banana bread. :)

  18. Charles says:

    I definitely think this is “visibly” the best one you made so far – it looks so uniformly golden and smooth all over. The inside looks delicious too, but you’ll need to send me a slice before I can judge the taste ;)

    • ChefMom says:

      I’d send you a loaf if I could! It’s so wonderful. This is the one I was telling you to hold out for a few weeks ago. If you’re going to break your diet for a banana bread, I’d recommend doing it with this one. :)

      • Charles says:

        Haha, believe me, with my sister visiting me this weekend, my diet is well and truly destroyed by now. I think I’d better pass on the banana bread for the time being until I can reign myself in a bit once more… I still have a fridge full of cheese and cakes :/

        • ChefMom says:

          That’s how I feel for about four weeks when we span Mr. N’s birthday, our anniversary and Miss A’s birthday. Too many treats – but oh so good! Mmmmm….cheese and cakes.

  19. Caroline says:

    Sure looks like a winning banana bread recipe to me, Kristy! I love the browned exterior, and can tell it’s super moist inside. I say quit your quest here while you’re ahead, but who knows, there could be another winning recipe out there! I make a mean zucchini bread that’s one of my favorites–SO moist because of the water from the vegetable. :)

    • ChefMom says:

      Mike is convinced this is the winner, but we’ve got a few more recipes to test out. And really no one is complaining about testing them. LOL. I love zuchhini bread too! I’ve never made it before, but it’s another one of my favorites.

  20. This looks amazingly good…how can it not be with all those bananas!
    I agree with Lisa…why do I check out yummy recipes so early in the morning!

    • ChefMom says:

      LOL! I know. It’s too bad we can’t soak up all the deliciousness on the web through the computer screen. ;) It’s morning here and your steak salad still has me salivating. Somehow my parfait just isn’t cutting it. Ha!

  21. Laura says:

    I usually don’t stray from my banana bread recipe, but I might have to try this one out. This is making me hungry! If it weren’t almost 11 pm, I would probably make it tonight!

  22. I LOVE banana bread! Your banana nut bread quest motivated me to bake some, but I made them gluten free for my one year old (now the dr. wants him off GF diet to be retested in the fall). I’ll have to share my recipe but it can’t beat this one. Wow, 5 to 6 banana’s! I am so hungry thinking about it! Why do I go on the computer early morning and late night to look at food recipes?????

    • ChefMom says:

      I feel the same way. I get so hungry reading all of these blogs. I would love for you to share your recipe. The kids are loving this quest – so are their friends who benefit from the samples when they come over. LOL. Gotta push as much of this off (I mean share as much of this) with others as I can. This stuff could easily ruin me. LOL!

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