I put out a desperate cry for a banana bread recipe on facebook a couple of weeks ago and one of Foodie Mama’s facebook fans, Rebecca Jackson Carey, answered my call. Rebecca loves taking old recipes and finding a way to adapt them for her cooking style. This specific recipe was adapted from her grandmother’s favorite cookbook from the 1940’s. How cool is that? What a great idea, thank you for sharing, Rebecca.

This banana bread is so simple and delicious, it will blow your mind. I’ve made it twice in the past couple of weeks, and both times the entire family makes those happy sighs you make when you eat really good food. Every week or so we have bananas that get smushy and no one can stomach eating, so instead of composting, I throw them in the freezer until I have 3 and then we all get a treat – banana bread! Here is Rebecca’s recipe:

Recipe: Simple Homemade Banana Bread

Summary: This recipe is sure to please, throw everything in a bowl, mix, bake, smile


  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour


  1. Mash bananas in bowl
  2. Add rest of ingredients and stir to combine
  3. Pour mixture into greased bread pan
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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9 thoughts on “Simple Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

  • May 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    This sounds amazing and I will be trying this soon. I always forget about making banana bread when my banana’s are looking sad. Thanks for the recipe-from you and your friend! Mwah!

    • May 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      You will love this Mr. Sugarbears, and so will Bryan!

  • May 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Are you grinding the flax seed? I’m assuming so, but just double checking. I’m going to make this for something this weekend, but with grind the flax seed.

    • May 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Mandy – I don’t grind the flax seed but I don’t think it would hurt if you prefer it that way.

      • May 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        Thanks. It’s been my understanding that flax seed doesn’t digest well and if it is ground, you receive the most benefit from it.

        • May 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

          We haven’t had any problem with it, but I’ve heard that as well. Maybe since it is baked in the bread it isn’t as harsh.

          • May 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

            I made it this weekend and it was AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe! Very easy too…I split it between two loaf pans so I could keep one and give the other one away. I just cut the cooking time about 10 minutes or so.

          • May 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

            Thanks to my facebook friend for sharing this wonderful recipe, and so simple! I’m glad you liked it!

  • May 25, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Well I really enjoyed reading it. This post provided by you is very constructive for correct planning.

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