[basil banana bread]

{When life hands you mushy bananas…}

I had a couple bananas that were turning on me and it was the perfect time to bake a batch of banana bread. In the spirit of St. Pat’s I wanted to add some green flair to my grandma’s recipe but without any green food coloring in the cupboard I wasn’t sure how to pull it off. As my eyes settled on the basil pot on the windowsill it hit me, why not give the savory Italian herb a try? I had a hunch the subtle, slightly minty flavors of the basil would compliment the sugary sweetness of the banana nicely. Although I didn’t get the vibrant green hue I was hoping for, the incidental marrying of flavors was right on.

Basil Banana Bread

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1-2 tsp sour cream, if you have it
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 bunch [4-5 large leaves] fresh basil, chopped


  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3-4 large basil leaves, chopped – for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix butter, sugar, bananas, sour cream, water, chocolate chips, basil and eggs thoroughly in big bowl with electric mixer. Mix remaining dry ingredients and add to wet mixture slowly [otherwise the flour will fly everywhere and make a huge lovely mess...]. When all ingredients are combined, gently fold in reserved chocolate chips with a spatula. Grease one large loaf pan. Bake in oven 35-40 minutes or until butter knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on rack, remove from pan, slice, top with reserved basil. Enjoy a piece for breakfast [wrap in a lightly damp paper towel and steam it the microwave for 15 seconds. Slather a pat of butter on top while still warm], or have a slice as a sweet after dinner treat.





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    1. THANKS mama mia! :)


  1. Don’t know why my earlier comments didn’t go through…
    Love warm banana bread. Its the best.

    My previous comments were much better.

    Need warm ba – nan – naaa bread…


  2. I don’t know why they didn’t go through either? grrr.

    love warm banana bread too~ ba – na – na -nana, na na nana hey hey hey, goodbyyye.


  3. I’m still hungry…

    Have to eat week-old birthday cake.
    Not quite the same as warm banana bread.

    Oh well, just take the piece of cake out of the microwave, close my eyes…



  4. Bread is still in the oven and the house smells wonderful! Had left-over batter that wouldn’t fit in the loaf pan, so I made up 6 small muffins. Hubby and I ate them up while still hot. Best banana bread muffins I’ve ever made. A KEEPER for sure. Thank you!!


    1. hello, thank you so much!! muffins are a great idea and would be so convenient to pack in lunches and for snacks on the go. the old, tried-and-true recipes are always the best aren’t they? thanks again and have a wonderful day :]

      p.s. i see a batch of basil banana bread muffins in my future this weekend…


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