Classic Banana Bread


Sunday Morning Coffee

Classic Banana Bread


I haven’t slept in since 2003.

Okay there were a few mornings in recent years where the Grandfather clock struck 7 before the children stirred and I thought a miracle had happened. But I don’t mind it so much. ’03 brought us our first baby. I can recall darting out of bed at all hours like some form of autonomic response answering to infant needs―the slumber of sleep so heavy that it obscured vision and eclipsed all thought under a rush of spiked blood pressure.

With development came a return towards a sense of normalcy. First it was the chirping years: A phase which introduced sleeping through the night and ushered in the era of chatter. Those sweetly quiet babbles of babies typically audible at the first sign of morning light. Hatchlings do the same―hungry for that early worm, eager to start the day. The awakening response, gentle but clear, always brought a smile to my face for it was an affirmation that everything about the new day was all right. Nowadays the pitter patter of children’s feet signals bedside turbulence is near. The pounce of wee Walkers not only hastens consciousness, it announces the weekend as they shuffle under the covers wedging Mrs. W and I to the far edges of the bed. I don’t know what a Saturday or Sunday morning is like without our natural 6 o’clock alarms.

Since weekend days start early in my house I’ve seized the opportunity to enjoy the gentle nature of dawn. This is a time between thought and intention, a space where plans emerge or not before the bright sun grips the day. Sundays are especially conducive to this leisure. In fact I’ve made it a family resolution for 2013; to dial it back on the seventh day. Like many American families, the weekends are relegated to catching up with an array of tasks and chores―casualties from the weekly drill. I confessed to my wife that I often hit the ground on Mondays running on empty, wondering what happened to the weekend.

Not anymore.

Sunday morning coffee is my answer. Despite its obvious perk, there’s a soothing quality to a cup of fresh-brewed inspiration. The aromatic earthy taste, the warmth of a mug in the hands, the quiet glance to your spouse that conveys, “How are you today, did you sleep well?” Paired with some good music and a little appetizing nibble, it primes the day for recharging and perhaps invites a little whimsy. All that’s required is to let go and let be.

And those little two-legged alarm clocks in the house? I’ll relish their early call while I can.

I know the day will come when independence prevails, that my kids will no longer visit for cuddles and they’ll snooze in their own beds long after I rise. How the tables will turn when I’m the one rousing them to the table for breakfast!

I just hope they won’t mind if I redefine their notion of sleeping in.


Classic Banana Bread Slice


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf


Made from bananas at their most flavorful prime, this banana bread recipe is fast and easy. It’s the ideal accompaniment to enjoy with coffee for a few moments of quiet reflection, as an element to a weekend brunch, or as a grab-n-go snack on the run.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 to 4 medium-sized very ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a mixing bowl, mix mashed bananas, milk and vanilla; set aside. In another mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add the flour mixture alternately with the banana mixture until combined. Fold in the nuts. Turn into a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
  • Bake in a 350°F oven for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan on a cooling rack; remove from pan to cool completely on the rack.


  1. Brooks,
    Enjoy your two- legged alarms, because before you know it the tables will turn, and you will become the alarm, coaxing them from their beds with the aroma of your wonderful banana bread.

    • Brooks Walker says

      I most certainly will, Becky! Thank you for the lovely comment. Something tells me you know a thing or two about two-legged alarms.

  2. Banana bread is my favorite. I can’t wait to give your recipe a try!

  3. We’d like to compliment you, Brooks, but our mouths are full…

  4. My son used to be up at the crack of dawn and I’d hear his little feet running down the hallway to our bed. He’d crawl in and fall back asleep in my arms, but that would be it for me. I might doze off, but never really fall back asleep until just before he woke up again, this time for the day. I think I was tired for about 5 years straight. Then things got a little better, and then one day he never came back to the bed. I haven’t held him in years, mostly because now he is almost 6 feet tall and that is “gross”. But I do demand hugs on occasion. The last few weeks he hasn’t even complained when I’d say “Hug mommy!” and I got an “I love you” too! But I miss the little guy. Enjoy it while you can!
    And that bread? I know I’d enjoy that one as well. Liv would be all over it, she is a banana-aholic, anything banana works in her book. Nicely done!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Aw, thank you so much Kim. I will indeed enjoy the wee ones while they are still wee. As parents we can smile at our teenage children’s position about parental displays of affection. But when they have children of their own, they’ll understand our position and how we covet those hugs.

  5. Jennifer Thomas says

    We LOVED your recipe for banana bread!!! I had some bananas that were almost ready to throw out or freeze for smoothies when my hubby suggested I make a banana nut loaf, which I have never attempted. Your instructions were easy to follow, I made no changes, and IT TURNED OUT PERFECT!!!

    We never seem to finish off bananas before they go brown. I have a feeling I will be making this loaf over and over again. THANK YOU!!!

  6. Bridgette says

    Your recipe was great !! Plus smelled my entire house up !!! Thanks for posting it.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.