Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

I have been making this recipe I found in Betty Crocker and modified to my liking for 20 years or so. My family loves it - and even a few of my husband's co-workers look forward to it at the holidays now! I like to make mini loaves of this (half with nuts and half without), my Chelle's Pumpkin Bread and Chelle's Zucchini Bread and make little "gift trays" for the holidays. ;)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease the bottom only of your loaf pan.
  3. In large bowl, mix together sugar and margarine.
  4. Stir in eggs until blended.
  5. Add vanilla, water and bananas and beat for 30 seconds.
  6. Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl before adding to mixture.
  7. When all ingredients are mixed together, add nuts, if desired holding a few aside to garnish top.
  8. Pour batter into pan.
  9. Sprinkle top with nuts or arrange a few whole nuts on top prior to baking.
  10. Bake for 75 minutes for an 8 inch loaf pan, 55 to 60 minutes for a 9 inch loaf pan.
  11. Loaf should be deep golden brown and a wooden toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center of loaf when cooked thoroughly.
  12. Serve warm with butter, whipping cream (with a touch of rum for a dessert), toasted is great anytime or just plain!
  13. Enjoy! ;).
Most Helpful

I did not have bananas and used grated Zucchini, adding 1t cinnamon. I knew it was going to be great just by tasting that batter. Mine came out moist and wonderful! Thanks.

moosagesbymarie October 01, 2014

This came out delicious!! I also used all butter and used pecans. Hubby took it in to work and they devoured it. Made for Mommy's Diva's Cookathon 2012.

nemokitty February 06, 2012

I made this recipe as posted but used all butter instead of margarine. It was so very tasty and moist and one I will make often as DH couldn't get enough of this wonderful banana bread. Thanks Mommy Diva for a super tasty treat. Made for the Dining Daredevils for ZWT5 Family Picks.

SueVM June 13, 2009