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Sour Cream Banana Bread

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour bottom only of a 9 X 5 loaf pan. In a sizeable bowl, beat together sugar and oil. Add eggs, bananas, sour cream and vanilla. Blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350F for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes (be patient, you rascal). Remove from pan. Cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator. Makes 1 loaf.

Tim D. Culey
Baton Rouge, La.

Submitted by Tess M Nov 5, 2009


"I've made this numerous times. Loved by everyone" - Patstracq
"very easy to make and tastey!!!!" - Auntie1968
"This is the BEST banana bread recipe!" - Denisealeavitt
1.5 stars based on 3 reviews 14 min 65 min 79 min


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