Monday, October 20, 2008

Mini Banana Bread Loaves

Awesome weekend with a little bit of everything. A 5k which made me realize all too well what 3 months of lack of consistent exercise can do. But I did come in 99 out of 300+. Better next time...

We also had a nice evening visit to the park. It couldn't have been more beautiful as we're FINALLY starting to feel Fall down here. We also enjoyed a special-fest in our quaint little downtown area, a fundraiser for a young girl who was severely injured in a car crash. I love my town...  

I also cooked a bit & am excited to post a few yummy things this weekend. Sunday brought a very spontaneous visit to my best friend Tammy's house. We were only supposed to swap out some food items quickly but it ended up being a longer visit consisting of a sampling of new beer & the kids frolicking in the yard kicking bouncy balls everywhere. Good times....

Anyway, this banana bread is amazing. It really is some of the best I have had & the main reason is the yellow cake mix in it. It couldn't be more moist or delicious. This recipe comes from Mommy's Kitchen. Go check her out. 



1 package yellow cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 bananas, mashed
2 eggs beaten
½ cup milk
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Add dry cake mix to a large bowl. Add eggs, oil & milk. Blend on low with mixer then add bananas. Mix in half the nuts. Pour into a greased large loaf pan or two small loaf pans. Sprinkle the rest of the nuts on top (I didn't use nuts this time). Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Let cool & slice. If the banana bread starts to brown too fast just tent with foil & continue baking.

I made my loaves in an 8 mini loaf pan so I had to keep checking for doneness. It took about 25-30 minutes until a toothpick came out clean. I thought these mini loaves would be awesome for gift giving around the holidays, wrapped in paper & a bow!

41 comments:

~Tara said...

Oooh, yummy! Sounds divine...I WILL be making these! TFS...

sassy stephanie said...

Oooo that does sound easy and delish. Cake mix...think I have all but the bananas...gotta run..off to the store!

jsprik said...

who would have thought to use cake mix for banana bread?? this sounds really good!! i'll be trying his one!!! thanks!!! hugs and prayers...

Lula! said...

Banana bread made with a cake mix? I have DIED and gone to heaven, Stephanie. Truly. Seriously. This is fabulous!

Jen said...

I have some bananas on my counter just calling for this recipe.

Deanna said...

I love making banana breads with cake mix! Using these as gifts is a great idea.

Congrats on your 5K... no wonder you look so great!

Deanna said...

P.S. The zucchini & potatoes with parmesan was heaven!

Kristina P. said...

Wow, everything you post looks so amazing and delicious.

I made the pumpkin cobbler last night and it was a huge hit!

Bitsy said...

Banana bread makes everything in life better - it is one of my favorites. I love that you used a cake mix in there and will totally be trying your recipe.

gingela5 said...

Looks delicious! My husband loves banana bread so I'll have to try it sometime soon!

Maria said...

I love mini everything! The bread looks great!

Scary Mommy said...

Wow, I actually have everything to make that. That's a first! I think I may be doing this shortly-- I love the smell of banana bread baking!

Rebeckah said...

This sounds Simple and DELICIOUS : ). I love it! I think I will whip some up this afternoon for Kaishon's after school snack! WAY TO GO coming in 99 out of 300. I would come in 300 out of 300. Maybe I will go take a walk after I make the bannana bread : ). Hope your week is FABULOUS!

JMBMOMMY said...

Yum. Banana Bread is a must as fall comes....

Ace C said...

Just so you know this is one of my favorites. Anything with banana and lemon and I'm hooked. I could eat this stuff all day.

Mo said...

99 is a very respectable finish.

Naner bread is all time fav of mine. If you were closer, I think I might just randomly appear on your doorstep around meal times.

Hey, I'd bring drinks so you'd let me in right?

Marcie said...

That is my kind of baking! Love that idea! Thanks for sharing!

Ritch in Love said...

Now baking is something I ACTUALLY CAN DO! Love new recipes for yummy treats that go straight to my hips and hopefully out the door at the gym!
YUM!

Carrie said...

These are my favorite fall snack. So good without the nuts of course.

Carrie said...

These are my favorite fall snack. So good without the nuts of course.

The Mrs. said...

Super Yummy!!!

Pam said...

Yum. I've never made banana bread with cake mix before. It looks and sounds delicious.

Molly said...

I have never made banana bread for fear it was too hard but I am definitely going to try this, thank you! And everyone who tasted the pumpkin crisp loved it, so again, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know ....I e-mailed you directly yesterday...in case you check here more often :) THanks!

Julie

Michelle said...

I love banana bread, but haven't ever tried to make it using a cake mix. I'll bet it is yummy.

Katie said...

I just got done eating a banana... I really think it would have been better this way. :)

so yummy.

Life On The Tail Of A Comet said...

Way to go on the run! Bread looks good too! What beer would you reccomend to go w/? (Just being silly!)

Coco said...

This sounds so yummy. LOVE banana bread and this sounds right up my ally!

Made the thyme and apple martinis tonight for some girlfriends. Delicious. These will be a fun fall cocktail.

You seriously are going to make me fat.

Erin said...

Steph--This looks great! Does it matter how ripe the bananas are?

p.s. I figured out the email thing you suggested (I think) so I can just email people right back. Thanks for the suggestion!

Congrats on the 5K!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

Interesting...I've never seen a banana bread with cake mix in it before. Looks good!

I've got a little somethin, somethin for you when you get a sec...

Tam said...

LOOKS good and just right for the 46 degree weather we have this early MORNING....we are freezing here....lol lol I just have to head to FL this weekend to warm UP! lol

The Blonde Duck said...

I love mini dishes!

I joined Secret in the Sauce too! Do I just leave comments on their site or is there something else I do?

Zesty Cook said...

Easily my favorite loaf to eat.... with some butter. I love it. Thanks for sharing
zesty

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I am so glad you liked the banana bread. Like my post said I have been making it for about 10 years now. I havent found one that compares so i just stick with this one its to darn simple. Thanks for posting and mentioning mommys kitchen. Ü

Tara @ Feels like home said...

That does sound delicious. I love bananas. When I have a banana go brown, I always add it to some baked goods. Over the years, we've had banana brownies and all sorts of banana cakes. They're just wonderful.

A happy heart at home said...

These look good! Thanks for commenting on my blog.

~Susan

angie said...

I've never made banana bread with a cake mix. I'll have to try this as my son just asked me to make some yesterday.

angie said...

I also didn't know the tenting with foil trick........:)

Angela said...

Yum! I may have to try this. I have a beloved, I-never-stray-from-it Banana Bread recipe (okay, it's Mark Bittman's - not really an original of mine or anything, LOL!) but this one looks good too!

Carrie said...

I heart banana bread more than just about anything in the whole world. Seriously...

Baby Favorite said...

Just made this. DELICIOUS!!!! Gawd, girl--I love the recipes you post! Thank you!!!