Grandma Porter’s Banana Bread

This classic banana bread recipe was passed down to me by Trey’s grandmother, Anne Porter. It is simple, but fabulous! This recipe is delicious plain, but can easily be tailored to your taste by adding nuts, chocolate chips, or raisins. Chocolate chips are a personal favorite at my house!

banana bread recipe

This is the original recipe written down in Grandma Porter’s handwriting. I can’t wait to pass this down to my daughter one day from her great grandmother!

banana bread recipe

Here’s what the banana bread batter should look like right before placing in the oven. I like to use a loaf pan but I have also made this in in a 9×13 pan to have them shaped like brownies.

banana bread recipe
banana bread recipe

Banana Bread

Lo Chandler
classic banana bread recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup sugar⠀
  • 1/2 cup butter ⠀
  • 2 eggs ⠀
  • 3 *ripe* bananas ⠀
  • 1 tsp baking soda level ⠀
  • 1 1/2 cups flour⠀
  • 1/4 tsp salt ⠀
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract⠀
  • 1 cup nuts (optional) walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325
  • In a large bowl, mix together room temperature butter & sugar
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until combined
  • Slowly mix in flour
  • In separate bowl, beat together bananas, salt, baking soda and nuts (and/or chocolate chips)
  • Add banana mixture to flour mixture & stir 
  • Pour into greased or buttered loaf pan⠀
  • Bake for 1 hour


the original recipe instructs to cook for 45 min, but I’ve always found thats not enough time in my oven.  Cooking time may vary slightly depending on oven, I recommend checking with a toothpick around the 45-50 min mark 
banana bread recipe

Let me know if you try it! I would genuinely love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading, XO- Lo