It’s B.a.n.a.n.a.s.

Next door neighbors can sometimes bring hell, but I have been blessed with best friends, The O’s!  In addition to being a great friend, Diane O. is an extremely talented chef.  She has built my confidence up in baking and cooking, which since my diagnosis was at an all time low.  My favorite item that we have cooked up is banana bread.  It might sound like a simple item, but it is more complex than it sounds.  ANYTHING done incorrectly = DRY banana bread… over-mixing, putting flour in too fast, too much flour, not enough eggs, too many eggs, etc.  Diane and I have found the best recipe at  and I am going to share the link to the magic recipe with you guys!!  Surprisingly enough, it includes… SOUR CREAM!  I know, I know, strange, but it is SO good!!

Banana Bread Recipe


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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 190 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 1 2/3 cups (236g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 Tbsp (113g) unsalted butter, melted*
  • 3/4 cup (160g) granulated sugar (or 1 cup if you like it sweeter)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups (325g) well mashed overripe bananas (about 3 1/2 medium bananas, be sure to measure)
  • 1/4 cup (63g) sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 by 5-inch or  8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.

  2.  In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture, set aside.

  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl whisk together melted butter and granulated sugar.

  4. Whisk in eggs, then whisk in bananas, sour cream and vanilla.

  5. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and fold with a rubber spatula just until combined (you shouldn’t see any more streaks of flour). Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out free of batter (a moist crumb or two is fine but top should be set), about 50 – 58 minutes.

  7. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Run knife around edges to loosen then invert onto a wire rack.

  8. Let cool on wire rack about 30 minutes then transfer to an airtight container to finish cooling. Store at room temperature or refrigerate for longer shelf life.

  9. *If you only have salted butter on hand, reduce salt in recipe to 1/4 tsp.

  10. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

You have to try this out!  It is seriously the BEST banana bread I have EVER had!  Here is a video of Diane and I making potato soup, banana bread and a butter cake!

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I can’t overstate how much joy Diane has brought to my life!  Thank you Diane for being you and for reintroducing me to cooking!!  Readers, please try out the recipe and let me know what you think of the banana bread!  Please share what your favorite thing is to make.  I love new recipes!!

That’s it for now

~ Kristen ~

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9 thoughts on “It’s B.a.n.a.n.a.s.

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  3. Jenene Dulaney

    Yumm!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I WILL give it a try, even though it has sour cream in it. Haha I’ve heard some of the best recipes for baking has sour cream, and I’ve always been turned off. Cheers to trying new things! 🥂

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  4. Diane Opdycke

    You are so sweet Kristen,
    When i moved to Florida in December 2017.
    I never would have dreamed i would meet such a good friend, and be it a next door neighbor. “BONUS” !
    I enjoy cooking and making new recipes together. It’s always a good time . Especially when we enjoy a tall Bloody Mary while cooking .
    Hey , cooking’s hard work! Gotta stay hydrated right?
    Just had the chicken breast we marinated last month for yesterday’s dinner. It was DELISH!
    Can’t wait for you to get back so we can make new foods and new memories. love ya girl

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    1. I know! We totally lucked out!! I got a next door neighbor and best friend!! I never would’ve imagined that when you came over with a tin of popped corn, I would be meeting a forever friend! Give Jim a big hug! I can’t wait to see you guys! Love you! xoxo Kris


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