A Banana Bread Giving List with Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

This Sour Cream Banana Bread recipe is delicoius enough to put on your Banana Bread Giving List, but to also enjoy a loaf yourself.

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The kitchen is quiet as I pull from the oven several loaves of banana bread.

Dinner dishes are done, everyone is scattered, the hum of the air conditioner is buzzing in the background, the house smells so lovely.

Is there anything better than the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven? Banana bread at its best?

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Now, sitting quietly on my kitchen stool, I discover there are a few thoughts that come to mind when it comes to banana bread. Life has moved toward tender and lovely, as our family has changed and the kids have grown.

Feeling the moment.

The feelings were all tangled up together in my mind as I was reflecting on my once-little kids, and on the same day taking a loaf down the street to the new young couple with their tiny newborn.

Feeling the moment, open to what life hands me, feeling my feelings (even the painful ones), sensing the changes ahead in our life, doing new things, meeting new people, opening our lives to new people, sometimes moving on from past relationships—nothing seems to stay the same.

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Banana Bread Giving List.

But there is one thing that hasn’t changed over the years.

Banana bread–oh, the comfort it brings–and my “banana bread list.”

The most beloved bread in our home over the years, I’d have to say, is banana bread. So much, that I’ve made a Banana Bread Giving List.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread.

Everyone loves it — perfect for a snack, to give away to a friend, neighbor, or teacher, to send in a care package, whip out of the freezer and serve for out-of-town guests at breakfast. The banana bread list goes on and on.

And when you add sour cream? It’s even moister, more flavorful, and delicious!

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The sweetness of this yummy recipe I’m sharing today goes hand in hand with memories of years past, pulling the same loaves from the oven, little kids underfoot, activity and lots of chitter-chatter, chins up against the countertop just waiting for that first bite.

Who’s on your banana bread giving list?

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Sour Cream Banana Bread

Yield: 1-2 loaves

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour one 9-inch loaf pan (or 3 small ones). Pan should be 3/4 full of batter.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; combine with the butter mixture.
  4. Add the sour cream, bananas, and vanilla; stir well.
  5. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 50 minutes.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes and then turn the loaf out onto a rack.

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42 comments

  1. Six years ago, my sister and best friend Molly, passed away suddenly. Every year for Christmas and thank you gifts, she made banana bread for her husband’s clients. Her husband is an architect and she was his office manager. I promised my brother-in-law that as long as he worked I would take up the “banana bread baking” each year. I make 18 loaves and wrap them with a bright red ribbon just like Molly used to do. It keeps me feel close to Molly and my brother-in-law. His clients, who knew Molly well, are always appreciative and send the sweetest notes. So my house pretty much smells like banana bread the months of November and December!

    • Oh, Clare, thank you for sharing your beautiful story of Molly and her loaves of banana bread. So special you kept the tradition going!

  2. Oh yes!!
    The Blessing Meal.
    The Mission -Kindness.
    Just Because.

    Banana or Pumpkin or Zucchini. Either or all three. :)

    I love how you said …”Life has moved toward tender and lovely, as our family has changed and the kids have grown.”

    I’m seeing the change(s) here, in our home – ever. so. slowly. Just as the kids are growing. Ever.so.slowly. But, ever so sure!!

  3. Yum! I often make banana bread with sour cream. We have new neighbors and I’ll either do banana bread or chocolate chip cookies. They have several little ones.

  4. This recipe looks so lovely! Sour cream is truly one of my favorite baking ingredients, and the smell of banana bread baking is one of my all-time favorite smells. :) I look forward to trying this!

  5. This bread looks amazing!!!

  6. i love gifting it!! I tend to give it at the holidays wrapped in waxed paper tied with ribbon and a note tucked in along with a coffee gift card, people really like it!

  7. We are starting our homeschool morning with a little science/math in the kitchen by making this recipe! Happy September!

  8. Would you be able to use this for muffins? If so, would the baking time change?

  9. Do you use real butter in banana  bread

  10. I have two loaves of this along right now! It looks and smells amazing. It has been in for 50 mins though and still uncooked in the middle. I’m going to cover with foil, let it bake longer and see what happens.

    • Every oven is different. Yes, cook it a bit longer if you need to. Always check first (like you did) before pulling out of the oven. ENJOY!

  11. This is my favorite  Martha Stewart recipe ever. She suggests a half a cup of nuts. I make it all the time and it’s a favorite. 

    • Hi, Molly! Thanks for sharing. This was my mom’s recipe, too (she would have been a bit older than Martha), and yes, nuts are optional. Agree, it’s delightful! :)

  12. Found this recipe today, had two very, very ripe bananas so gave it a try. AWESOME!!!!!!  I adjusted the recipe a bit (on purpose and by accident)… Used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 regular flour, used eggbeaters, added chopped walnuts and oops forgot the vanilla. Just tasted the end piece warm with a little butter, just great. Wasn’t too dense, soft and tender just a great recipe. This is definitely a keeper, THANKS!!

  13. Just made this. Added sliced almonds & raisins- just because I had them. Unfortunately, I lost my sense of smell so couldn’t appreciate the aroma 😔.  It is very light, I like a denser bread. Only had two bananas, does that make a difference ?  Thanks for sharing.

  14. I must have gathered over a hundred banana bread recipes… mostly because I’ve enjoyed the posts associated with each one. Like stained glass windows, each to me is beautiful.  Enjoyed your post as well. There are so many ways to feel that passing of time, that changing of the guard as it were; from children growing up, parents growing older, the passing of a family member,  ones pets growing older or passing, the job that is no more or your manager leaves and a new one is not as __!. Moving to a new home ~~That new neighborhood –how to shop! That friend that was ever there , has moved away or passed away; going thru a divorce will leave you reeling in the what-nows! Even the happiest of changes like weddings and births– always change up the dynamics of life and send us to What Nowville. We contemplate and ponder, we worry and fret, we fear and we grief, and finally.. we find ourselves on the other side, wondering just how we got there, yet, relieved and press on. Someone freer, somewhat pensive –for we’ve now learned a new lesson in life –that we are not islands, we are touched by each lifeforce. And we touch others. We impact as we are impacted. We care when we didn’t realize how much. And we are more that the sum total of what we see. God bless

  15. I use this exact same recipe and have for many, many years.  It is absolutely the best ever!  I do add 1/2 cup chopped pecans because we love nuts. You gotta try it!

  16. This bread is SO GOOD!!!!!  I made it today.  (Added a touch of cinnamon to mine.) Gave some to my daughter and now she wants to make it too.   Very good indeed.   Thanks for posting.

  17. Hi Sandy
    Just made this today. Smelled wonderful. Baked for 55 min.  The edges seemed done, the middle a bit wetter, but I didn’t want it to dry out, plus the top was quite dark, Much darker than in your picture. 
    It tastes yummy, but pretty dense and a bit too wet.  
    Should I have left it longer in the oven? I just didn’t want the top to get much darker?
    I baked it on the second to lowest rack, could that have made a difference?  
    Thanks :)

    • Every oven is different. Use the toothpick method to see if it’s done in the center? It also differes with bread with the sizes of pans that you use! :)

  18. Just wondering if you use plain flour or self raising flour?😳

  19. This recipe is just perfect. It’s quick and easy and so, so tasty. It’s going to be my banana bread recipe from now on. Thank you for sharing this. With a heart full of gratitude…

  20. Sandy has anyone asked if you can substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream? 

  21. Ever try it with bananas that were not overripe?

    • The recipe will work fine if the bananas are not overripe, but they are sweeter the longer they sit on the counter :)

  22. Try adding a heaping teaspoon of baking soda to the sour cream before adding to mixture. Shouldn’t share my secret but… also we add walnuts.. family recepe. Ours turns out daker.

  23. The best recipe of banana bred 
    Thank you thank you 

  24. In the oven now…I believe it will finish out at about 55 min. for a single loaf. Smells wonderful and I enjoyed reading your thoughts that accompanied the recipe. Ran out of flour and had to substitute Bisquick for 1/2 of flour requirement. Cut back slightly on salt and baking soda to account for this fact. Smashed 2 of the bananas and thin sliced the remaining banana. (I like the different texture)
    Taste test…very soft and tender crumb. Delicious. I recommend treating yourself to Irish butter to spread on the slice. It really makes this over the top delicious.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Mmmm … Irish butter. Love Irish butter! It’s nice when you can figure out how to adjust a recipe when you run out of a certain ingredient. Glad it turned out, LG! :)

  25. Sooo good! I added chopped walnuts in mine! 

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