Thursday, June 9, 2011

St. John's Banana Bread

Looking for a tasty treat that's easy to make and a healthy alternative? Look no further than the Duggars' homemade banana bread! Known as St. John's Banana Bread in the Duggar home, this delicious dessert is sure to get rave reviews from any audience. 

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St. John's Banana Bread

  • 1/2 c. butter  
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs  
  • 2 c. sifted flour  
  • 1 t. salt  
  • 1 t. baking soda 
  • 3 large bananas  
  • 1 c. chopped nuts  
  • 1 t. melted butter 
  • Cinnamon-sugar mixture
  1. Cream butter and sugar. 
  2. Beat in eggs, one at a time. 
  3. Mix in sifted dry ingredients. 
  4. Beat in mashed bananas. Add nuts. 
  5. Pour into a greased and floured 9”x5”x3”-pan. 
  6. Bake at 350F for 50-60 min. 
  7. While bread is still warm brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Deliciously Tasteful! 
*Makes 1 Loaf

*If you're a nut lover, add the nuts. If not, we recommend leaving them out.

To make the recipe even healthier, we suggest trying one or more of the following alterations:
*Use 1-1/3 cups white flour and 2/3 cup whole wheat flour.
*Cut down 1/4 cup of sugar.
*Instead of 1/2 cup butter, use 1/4 cup butter and 2 Tablespoon of yogurt.

We though this banana bread was delicious! Let us know what you think!

24 Comments: Click Here to Add Yours:

Anonymous said...

This looks really good! Thanks for posting it!

Stacey said...

Sounds delicious. I may just have to whip that up :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this great recipe - I am so tempted to run straight in the kitchen to see if I have all of the ingredients at hand.
It is an honor to watch you and your family on tv - you all are an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Would love to make it but bananas are $12 per kilo (1 kilo = 2.2lbs) in Australia at the moment! We haven't eaten one for months ... so sad : (

Lily and Ellie said...

I think that officially makes the price of bananas in Australia more expensive than gas in the USA! Unbelievable. Another good reason to eat more chocolate.
Lily and Ellie

briansbabe74 said...

that looks so very yummy I think I might make it at home. Thank you for posting it girls!

Ally Lynn said...

Sometimes, as a special treat, we like to sprinkle our banana bread with cinnamon sugar before putting it in the oven :-)

Rebecca Bany said...

That sounds yummy. Hope I get to try some for myself soon!

Sha said...

I baked it last night! All in all, it's a very tasty recipe. My tips would be
a) it rises a lot, keep in mind and don't put it on the bottom rack of the oven!
b) maybe add an extra banana, if so inclined.
c) Banana bread is much much tastier after you let it set for a day or so.


Anonymous said...

This comment is mostly addressed to the poster in australia who has super expensive bananas - but applies to anyone else as well. when they are in season - and the price is down to normal always remember to never toss out bananas when they no longer look good to eat - these make the best banana bread. My mom used to just pop them in a zip top freezer bag and freeze them but I always do as my dad did. My dad used to say - remove it from the peel n mash it up then put it in the bag n date it. This way you already have most of the work done and with them dated you can pick (different parts of the seasons have sweeter bananas) so you can get a good balance. also - try tossing in a few marischino cherries for color and a suprise. My dad always tossed 3 or 4 in - finding that one little sweet bite was fun :)

Truebloodhound said...

mmm.. I love the idea of the cherries in the bread, I'm definitely going to try that!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic recipe. It's so nice to find a banana bread recipe with very common ingredients. This is my go to recipe when we need a sweet little snack or I need something extra to bring to a family holiday dinner.

Anonymous said...

Did I miss it somewhere? Can someone tell me what the ingredients are for the cinnamon-sugar mixture; is it 1/2 cup cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar?

Thanks for any help that you can give me!

Lily and Ellie said...


Hi Anonymous,

It depends on personal preference, but you shouldn't need more than a few teaspoons of cinnamon-sugar, mixed with 1 teaspoon melted butter.

~Lily and Ellie

Michelle said...

@AnonymousBananas freeze really well too, my mom uses frozen bananas for lots of things, smoothies, baking, etc.

Michelle said...

@Anonymousyikes, that's a lot of cinnamon haha. I usually use about a tablespoon of cinnamon and half cup of sugar. I'd hate for you to end up like some of those people who do the cinnamon challenge.....(totally kidding).

Karen Polasek said...

YUM ! I only wish I could run into the kitchen and bake some ..dieting : ( I thought of you all the other night when we had a young gentleman over from church. He visited with us for quite awhile before asking for permission to "date" our daughter : ) I couldn't help but wonder if maybe he too watched your show LOL! God is good !

Anonymous said...

I baked a loaf of banana bread using this recipe earlier today. Definately a keeper. Very delicious. Thanks for sharing :)

MetroOwl said...

How nice! So glad some of the good old ways remain. :)

Brenda Manzanares said...

Lovely recipe

Pam said...

Would anyone know why this is called "St John's" banana bread. They aren't Catholic and I don't see any mention of it being John-David's favorite recipe or anything. Just having trouble understanding the name. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm confused is T. A teaspoon or Table spoon?

Lily and Ellie said...


Hi Anonymous 22,

An uppercase "T" indicates Tablespoon, and a lowercase "t" indicates teaspoon.

~Lily and Ellie

Christine Meyer said...

Love this recipe! Makes the best banana bread! Yummy :)

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