Cooking Light’s Better Banana Bread

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This is a great banana bread recipe. It is the one recipe that my husband bakes! He makes banana muffins about once a week, and not just because he can’t stand to throw away the brown bananas.

Cooking Light\'s Better Banana Bread

This recipe was in Cooking Light in 1993 and we have been baking it ever since. It is a very forgiving recipe and he never measures the bananas, and substitutes whatever we have on hand, light sour cream or flavored yogurt, and they always turn out delicious.

Update: I was hosting a shower for the daughter of my good friend and baked the banana bread in my half size bundt pan to dress it up for the party.

Cooking Light’s Better Banana Bread


  • 1 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 3 small)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt (we usually use low fat sour cream)
  • 1/4 cup margarine, melted (we usually use butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted (we usually add walnuts and/or Craisins, then sprinkle the tops with sugar in the raw)


Preheat oven to 350º

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until well blended. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; Add flour mixture to banana mixture, add nuts, stirring just until moistened.

Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3-inch loaf pan coated with baking spray with flour. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack. Bake mini loaves for 35 minutes or muffins for 18 minutes.

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