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Narada’s Banana Loaf

Narada’s Banana Loaf

Submitted by Narada Stapel

A 2004 Straus Recipe Contest winner.

We picked this recipe because the bread had a great consistency, wasn't a typical banana bread and, even better, wasn't too sweet. It really came alive when we spread some Straus Butter on it, as Narada suggested. Narada also suggests, as we do, that you use all organic ingredients.

Time required: 20 min + 45 min for baking

Servings: 8


  • 1/2 cup Straus Sweet (unsalted) European-Style Butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda (dissolved in 1 tblsp. of hot water)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts (using the following, 1/4 cup raw pistachio kernels, 1/4 cup pecans, 1/2 cup walnuts)
  • Dash of milk (if needed)
  • Slivered almonds to top (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Cream butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl with a hand mixer. Add egg and banana and gently mix on low speed. Add soda solution and mix. Sift flour into a separate bowl and mix with baking powder. Add to batter until just combined. Add nuts and salt and then lightly mix, adding milk if mixture is too dry.

Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.