Classic Banana Bread

When I wrote the Banana Cardamon Cupcake post I mentioned that Grumpy was asking for banana bread. It isn’t very often that he asks for something specific, so when he does it is so nice. Yes, I said nice. Anyone who loves to cook or bake knows what I mean. When someone wants something that you love to do you are more than happy to oblige!

I knew which banana bread recipe I would make this time. I was going to go with the classic. I had made this recipe from Cooking Light’s 5 Star Recipes cookbook when I purchased the book a few years ago. I remember my SIL Heidi loved the bread and I loved it too because it used yogurt in the recipe as the fat
replacement. I added chopped walnuts to the bread so that will change the WW points count if you make that addition.


Classic Banana Bread
from Cooking Light


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt (see tip)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla.  Beat until blended. Add flour mixture, beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Per Serving: 14 slices
WW Points per slice: 4

*TIP:  If you do not have the yogurt, you can use sour cream instead.  


  1. says

    I totally agree… I love when people ask me to make something for them! The banana bread looks great and I’m sure it made Grumpy happy!

  2. says

    I know what you mean. My hubby who is the fussiest ever when it comes to food, when he asks for something I’ve made in the past I’m thrilled to bits.
    So, I hear ya! I have banana bread on the list today as my bananas are black, scary black.

  3. says

    Yesm, I know what you mean. I love when the kids and their friends remind me of something that I made that they really enjoyed and would like again, hint, hint! :)

    I need to try banana bread again. The two times I tried making one they did not turn out. Both were undercooked and overbrowned. :( Yours looks perfect and the addition of walnuts is nice!

  4. Lizzie says

    This is baking in my oven right now and it smells delicious!! I can't wait to eat a piece. Or two:-)

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