Sour Cream Banana Nut Bread

Have those banana’s you bought last week turned color? Are they screaming “Stop ignoring me you wretched woman!” Ahhh, you gotta love guilt banana’s! I think we secretly do it so we can turn a healthy fruit into a guilty pleasure!

It took me several years to find the perfect banana nut bread! (I guess I’m picky about my nut breads?)

However I struck gold when I stumbled upon this recipe on . If you want the link to the original I’ll leave it right HEREย for you. However, please know that I have changed a couple of things for my version, after a few hundred loaves or so. (Perhaps I ignore my banana’s on a regular basis?)

There are several things I love about this blue ribbon recipe. One…it originally makes four loaves of bread. Although with my adjustments it makes three loaves. This is great when you want an extra for a neighbor or friend. Second…you dust the pans with cinnamon sugar! First time I did this I was SO skeptical, however it works brilliantly and adds a wonderful flavor. Third…it’s a super easy recipe! Throw it all in the mixer, whip it up, pour into pans and BAM…it’s baking into nutty loaves of happiness in no time!

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Grease three 7 x 3 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture. (I know…it’s weird just “Nike” it and… “Do it”!)

In a large bowl, cream the butter and 3 cups of sugar. Mix in the eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda, and flour. Remember how I said I love that it’s just a “dump” and mix recipe!

Lastly stir in your nuts. Reserve 1/2 cup to sprinkle on top.

Divide into prepared pans. Sprinkle with reserved nuts.ย 

Bake for 1 hour. Gently touch in the center if it springs back it is done or you can insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean it will be a miracle because it’s moist banana bread. (Sorry a bit of sarcasm there…)ย The original recipe suggests the toothpick method.

To me cooking is about your senses and learning to use those senses helps in your preparation of foods. So, I prefer the touch method.

Allow the bread to cool for about 30 minutes before removing from pans and slicing. Oh…it’s hard because all those wonderful toasty banana nut smells are filling your nostrils with goodness and making your brain scream “BREAD! I WANT NUT BREAD!!” Try to resist so that your bread doesn’t fall apart when removing from the pans.

It’s so good warm. Goodness though…it’s so good cold too! This is a nice firm banana bread. The texture is perfection. It’s crispy golden on the outside, tender and moist on the inside. The toasted walnuts on the top just kick it up a notch or two. If that is even possible.

You’re just going to have to trust me when I tell you this is THE best banana bread recipe EVER! Even here in our high altitude it bakes up beautifully. No sink holes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The perfect after school snack for the kids, or even better, the Mommy mid-morning, the house is quiet, snack!

Sharing this recipe on Meal Plan Monday #51! You can click right HERE to find it and lots of other yummy recipes to help plan your weekly menus.

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Sour Cream Banana Nut Bread
Sour Cream Banana Nut Bread
Adapted from All Recipes

Sour cream gives enough tangy bite to this banana nut bread to take the edge off this breads sweetness. Dusting the pans with cinnamon sugar gives these loaves a gentle spice undertone. It's the perfect Banana Nut Bread!

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 large ripe banana's
  • 1 (16 oz) container of sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional) reserve 1/2 cup for topping

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease three 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 pan or four 7 x 3 pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups of sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed banana, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda, and flour. Stir in 1 cup nuts. Divide into prepared pans. Sprinkle top of bread with reserved 1/2 cup nuts.
  3. Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour ; Yield: 25 servings


  1. | 21st Feb 17

    I am bananas about banana bread! I could make it every week! It’s the only way I get my son to eat them. This looks delicious! Trying this one out next time I make a loaf!

    • | 21st Feb 17

      Nikki you are the BEST! Thank you so much for your kind compliments and comments! This is the only way I could get my kids to eat banana’s too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We Mom’s have to get “creative” and use all our tricks! lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

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