BaNANA Nut Bread

We are under the weather over here with poor Olivia's first case of hand, foot and mouth virus. That means lots of snuggles, oils and Sofia the First. Since I'm parked on the couch next to baby girl while Jack naps I thought it would be a good time to share our Banana nut bread recipe. 
This is Nana's (my mom) recipe. I promise you it is the best banana nut bread ever! 
We buy bananas simply so they can turn brown and we can make this bread. Olivia loves to be my "helper" and cook with me. Bonus if she gets to use the mixer. Extra bonus if she gets to put her hands in the sugar jar.

BaNANA Nut Bread

4 ripened (dark brown) bananas 
1 stick softened butter 
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups self rising flour, if it ain't white Lilly it ain't worth using ;)
1 cup of nuts (we like walnuts or pecans)
Splash of vanilla

In mixer cream sugar and butter.  Add eggs one at a time. Mash bananas with fork in large bowl. Add bananas to mixer slowly. Turn mixer on low and add flour 1/2 cup at a time. Add splash of vanilla. Mix in nuts last. 
Now here is the special part that makes this bread amazing. 
Spray two loaf pans pretty heavily with Pam non stick cooking spray. Next sprinkle sugar, coating the inside of the pans. Pour batter into pans. Sprinkle sugar on top of batter. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven. 
Remove pans from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Using a butter knife carefully separate the bread from the pans along the edges. Flip bread out of pans and enjoy!!! 

This is a family favorite and it literally melts in your mouth! It is delicious for breakfast or dessert. It is such an easy recipe and Olivia's favorite part is definitely sugaring the pans. My favorite memories of my childhood were made in the kitchen with my mom, my Ru (my grandmother) and my little sister.  It is so special to be making those memories with my own daughter. Holiday baking season is just around the corner a girl can dream in this 100 degree heat. 

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! I would love to hear your favorite easy baking recipes too! And maybe a little prayer for my sweet girl if you remember :)

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