Bah-Nana Bread

by HEAB on February 23, 2013

This morning, I hosted a baby shower for a good friend…

We brunched…

There were quiches (thanks mom & Jessica!), sausage balls, quinoa salad, homemade biscuits (thanks again mom), and chocolate turtle and white chocolate raspberry flavored Bundtinis.

 LOVE Bundtinis!

There was also some delicious gluten free banana bread.  Summer loves her bah-nanas but usually only eats half at a time.  So, we have quite a stockpile of bananas in our freezer.  Therefore, I bake banana bread, and I make it gluten free so that Summer can enjoy the other half of her bah-nanas along with us. 🙂

Not too long ago, a friend shared her family’s favorite banana bread recipe with me, and after a few tweaks to make it toddler friendly, it’s now my go-to recipe.  Thanks Hailey!



  • 1 stick butter, softened (I like salted Kerrygold)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups Pamela’s gluten free baking mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt (since I use salted butter, I only use 1/4 tsp salt)
  • Add-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, cinnamon, etc. (optional)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  • Grease 5 x 9 inch loaf pan with butter
  • In a food processor or blender, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  You can use a hand mixer, but throwing it all in the food processor works great for me.
  • Add eggs and vanilla.
  • Chop bananas and melt in microwave safe dish until warm and gooey.  A trick I learned years ago from Katie – brings out the sweetness!  Since my bananas are frozen, I usually nuke for about 90 seconds.
  • Add bananas and sour cream.  Mix well.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt.  Pulse until combined.
  • Add any optional ingredients.  This morning I used toasted slivered almonds.  The slight almond flavor and added crunch was really nice.  Pulse just enough to disperse evenly.
  • Pour into loaf pan and bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from pan and transfer to wire rack to cool.



shefali February 28, 2013 at 2:22 am

Totally going to try this banana bread. Am starting this diet next month, where I will be gluten free for 28 days. So glad I found your post, still not done looking through.
The baby shower pics look awesome! Looks like one classy affair 🙂

HEAB February 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hi Shefali,
Good luck with the gluten free diet next month, and I hope you enjoy the banana bread. It was a big hit around here. Also hope Baby G enjoys her play house. 🙂

Kelly February 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

YUM!!! That looks incredible!!!

HEAB February 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Thanks Kelly. It was. 🙂

maggie @ say yes to salad February 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Oooh wow, I am going to have to try that recipe! (Did I tell you Bobby is gluten-sensitive now? Explains a lot.) I’m very glad your friend loved the shower – looks awesome 🙂 I love throwing baby showers.

HEAB February 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Sorry to hear about Bobby’s sensitivity, but thankfully there are so many wonderful alternatives like rice, quinoa, oats, & yummy banana bread. Because of Summer’s intolerance, we’ve pretty much become a gluten free household, and honestly, it’s not bad at all. Just wish Udi’s bread was a little cheaper. 😉

Gourmantine February 26, 2013 at 5:45 am

The fireplace decoration for the baby shower is so pretty, I’m sure your friend loved it and the banana bread, looks incredible!

HEAB February 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

Thanks Gourmantine, my friend did love the shower. It was a sweet gathering. 🙂

Lou February 26, 2013 at 12:59 am

Those tie-dye suits = AWESOME! Way too cute…. what a fabulous baby shower…. and can you do a post on the tie-dye pretty please!? Want to make some for MYSELF (no, not onesies – that may be a bit frightening for the general public) I’m thinking singlets and such 😉

Summer is one lucky babe – yummo banana bread!

HEAB February 26, 2013 at 7:54 am

The tie-dye onsies were really easy, and I’d love to do a post on them. Coming soon. Promise! 🙂

Jill February 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm

What a pretty shower…those bundtinis are too cute! And seeing that banana bread definitely made me feel the need to bake some myself-I actually haven’t made any in months! So weird for me…

I hope you guys are all doing well-Summer and the twins must be getting so big now! We definitely need to get coffee/etc. (or you need to come over and see my (woefully under-decorated – LOL) apartment) soon. I finally seem to be a little less busy than I have been for the past couple of months.

HEAB February 26, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi Jill,
Goodness, it’s been too long. We’d love to come over and see your place. Maybe I could bring the whole gang over one afternoon after Summer’s nap. 🙂

Chris February 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Much thanks for sharing the banana bread recipe! Major WOW!
I made it this morning & we have a quarter of the loaf left.
It was my first attempt at gluten free baking & it won’t be my last!
Btw, I used Trader Joe’s gluten free flour & subbed 1/2 of the sour cream with Trader Joe’s banana yogurt. Oh, I used 1/3c dark brown sugar too.
Thanks again!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

You’re welcome, and I’m happy to hear you and your family enjoyed the banana bread. Also, good to know about TJ’s gluten free flour. I’ve never tried it, but will have to pick some up next time I’m there.

Alyssa February 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I forgot to let you know I’m hosting a free magazine subscription giveaway! Hope you’ll stop by and have a look 🙂

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) February 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

so…the next time i need food preparations for a party, i should ring you right? you got it all covered, tasty, accessible & easy to eat! i’m not sure i can pull off a party haha, i usually give them fruit, nuts & booze and hope they are happy. yours is much more civilized HEAB!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I don’t know Melissa, your parties sound mucho fun. 🙂

Suzanne@NaturallyStunning February 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I made banana bread today as well. I love it and so do my little boys. Hopefully there will be enough to have for breakfast this week – topped with almond butter, of course. LOVE!

I especially love the fireplace decorations – adorable.

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Suzanne. Unfortunately, all of the banana bread I made on Saturday is gone. Oh well, I’m sure our freezer stash will be restocked soon, and I’ll just have to make more. 🙂

Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily February 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Super cute decorations!!!
And that banana bread?! Looks perfect!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Jen. 🙂

Tracy February 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

So happy to see a post, Heather! I’ve been checking in 😉

Looks like a darling shower…especially love the tie dye onesie banner. So cute!

Bah-nana bread looks delicious, too! I bet Summer loved it. Well done, mom!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Thanks Tracy, and yes, Summer did love the banana bread. Biggest banana fan in the family. 🙂

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

We LOVE banana bread here! Sounds like a perfect baby shower. I’m so glad you enjoyed throwing a party for a special friend!

Ameena February 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

Funny how I’d be lost without my mom’s cooking contributions when I have a party…we have that in common. (Although I’m sure you are a far better cook than I!)

The decor was beautiful! Congrats to your friend.

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I know. As soon as I offered to host the shower, I thought, hope my mom is around to help that day. Ha! Moms – what would we do without them?!?

Alyssa February 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

Where on earth did you find that ADORABLE silver tray chalkboard and cupcake stand!?!? I think I need some chalk boards 😉

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Hi Alyssa,
I made the cupcake stand and posted about it here: I purchased the supplies at Goodwill, and it was an easy & fun project. I’ve gotten so much use out of it too.

As far as the silver tray goes, a friend bought an old tray at Goodwill, cleane it up and then painted the center with chalkboard paint. Another super easy and inexpensive project.

Ana February 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

Ohh, you are really crafty Heather, what a pretty baby shower!!
And that banana bread looks really good! I will try it this week, we love banana bread here too!

HEAB February 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Ana, and I hope you guys like the banana bread. Big hit at our house! 🙂

Courtney February 24, 2013 at 6:41 am

I have twin boys who are 10 months old. LORD HAVE MERCY is my daily prayer! You AMAZE me!!! I’ve read your blog for years now. I used to live in Nashville and touched base with you via email a time or two. I’ve always LOVED the uncapped reality you’ve brought to us readers. I love how honest you are when you used to let us know your control habits concerning food. I use to be the saaaaaaaaaaaaame way! As much as nourishing meals seem out of control these days, it’s kind of cool how twins actually save your sanity. It’s like they make you focus on the most important thing… Here and NOW!

So KEEP UP YOUR AMAZING job! I cannot believe you hosted a baby shower too! Well then again…..yes I can. You defy boundaries 😉

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Hi Courtney,
Good to hear from you again and thanks for your kind words regarding my blog. Sounds like your boys are keeping you busy. Are they crawling yet? Charlie and Katie are 8 months old now and still a bit behind. Not quite sitting up on their own yet, and so it’s not too hard to keep them in one spot. I imagine things will get a bit crazier when they start moving! Totally true though – these two help keep me sane and have taught me to use my time wisely. I mean, I’m still crazy, but I am lot more focused on the here and now for sure.
P.S. Had some with the shower. Definitely could not have done it all on my own!

Courtney February 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm

My boys just started crawling around 9 months. They started sitting up really good and crawling about the same time. Alot of people want to compare twin development to that of singletons. Twins are so unique in their own right. They are a miracle! Sounds like Charlie and Katie are being the miracles they were born to be. Don’t feel like your twins are behind. They cannot be compared to “the average”. Everything about twins AND RAISING THEM is far from textbook 🙂

HEAB February 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

So true. I know they’re on their own schedules, and when I say “behind”, I just mean they’re not doing what the typical singleton is doing at their same age. But I’m A-OK with that. Loving having them be my little babies for as long as possible. They’re growing up way too fast! And yes, twins are truly a miracle. So grateful for these two!

lifeonbonita February 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm

These were a hit in my house. My sister who is special needs & gluten free LOVED it!!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Again, so glad they were a hit and that your sister was able to enjoy a special treat. 🙂

Jen @ Existential Evolution February 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Looks like a fantastic and delicious shower. You take such beautiful photos—what camera do you use and do you do much editing?

Glad the family is recovered from that nasty flu bug — I can’t imagine taking care of 3 kids in that condition. Kudos!!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Hi Jen,
Oh gosh, thanks. I own this camera:, and most of my food photos are taken with this lens: I edit my blog photos using Photoshop Elements.

Honestly, I feel like a complete amateur compared to other bloggers out there. Such amazing photography happening in the blogosphere these days. I’d love to learn more as it’s such a fun hobby for me.

Jen @ Existential Evolution February 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Thanks for the detailed reply Heather. I’d like to invest in some affordable and easy to use equipment later this year. Yes there is so much amazing photography out there and I think yours is fantastic as well!

HEAB February 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

You’re welcome. I actually bought my camera used off Amazon, and I love it!

Jen @ Existential Evolution March 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Heather! 🙂

Katie February 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

This makes me wish I knew someone who was pregnant. Guess I’ll need to come up with another excuse to have people over for brunch. I LOVE quiches!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Here is your excuse to make a quiche…BREAKFAST! 🙂

lindsay February 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm

i think you should come throw me an imaginary baby shower, just so i can eat all this goodness. No i’m not pregnant. But i am hormonal.

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm

One word: HOUSEWARMING. Invite all of your friends over for brunch. I’m sure they’d love to see your new place!

lindsay February 25, 2013 at 8:45 pm

youre genius! i’m on it

Averie @ Averie Cooks February 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Do you know TODAY is Natl Banana Bread Day? Yesterday I posted a roundup of 30 recipes and your post is PERFECT for today. Well, any day. Because I love love love banana bread and glad to hear you and Summer are fans too 🙂 And what a good idea for a baby shower…And what a pretty party you threw!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

NO! I had no idea. A perfect day indeed for banana bread. 🙂

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm

You’re so crafty with the gorgeous baby-shower decorations! Love it.

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thanks Michelle. Love me some craft time. 🙂

Eating 4 Balance February 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

That banana bread looks so good! I love the golden-colored crust. My favorite part 🙂 Without it, it’s just not banana bread. Lol.

And such a cute baby shower. Those tie dyed onsies are adorable!

HEAB February 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Thanks Eating 4 Balance,
The tie dyed onesies were so easy and fun to make. Now I just need to make some blue ones for Charlie. 🙂

And yes, banana bread needs that golden colored crust. YUM!

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