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The Banana Bread Legacy

This is not only a recipe but a legacy. As long as I can remember, my Grandma has made the BEST banana bread. Hands down, nobody can beat these perfect little loaves of heaven. Walking into her house and smelling the fragrant aroma of freshly baked banana bread was always a happy surprise. Seeing them lined up like little soldiers reporting for duty.

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Knowing that one would be for sharing today and hopefully, a couple would be coming home with me. When she did make it, she’d always make enough to share. 🙂

As soon as I walked through the door, I would start anticipating that first bite. Knowing that I would swipe the perfect amount of butter over the delicate, yet perfectly crusted loaf of love….and savor it.

Not only was this time about the banana bread, but it was about sharing. Sharing what was happening in our lives and listening to each other. The world seemed to slow down for those few minutes.

Sitting, sharing, savoring.

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I don’t think I do enough of that these days.

My Grandma was a question asker. (I don’t think I do enough of that either). She was never too caught up in herself, she was always curious about how I was doing and what was going on with me. She cared about everyone and it showed.

Grandma and I
Cooking with Grandma
Helping Grandma in the Kitchen

I will forever miss these days, these conversations, these moments, but the memories will always remain.

You see, my Grandma has dementia and she will never make this banana bread again.

And making it on my own will never be the same. Yes, it might be the same recipe, the same smells, but it won’t be hers. But it will always remind me of her.

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Dear Grandma,

Thank you for watching over me all these years. Thank you for comforting me in times of sadness. Thank you for celebrating with me. Thank you for all of the times I called you on my hour long commute from work to home (almost daily) and listening to my ramblings. Thank you for being a great example. Thank you for being an amazing Grandmother. And thank you for making us this banana bread.

Thank you for everything.

Your legacy will continue.

Help me continue her legacy. Make this banana bread and go sit, share, and savor. Be present, ask questions. #GmaVsBananaBread

Grandma's Banana Bread Recipe

This will make two regular loaves or four mini loaves.

You’ll need:

  • 3 mashed bananas (Either fresh ripe or frozen, then slightly thawed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 7 Tbsp sour milk (6 Tbsp milk + 2 tsp milk + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar)
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • Optional: Chocolate Chips, Nuts, Caramel Bits, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your loaf pans with non-stick spray. Combine wet ingredients, then gradually add in each of the dry ingredients, while mixing thoroughly. Tip: I used my KitchenAid and kept it mixing on low as I added in each of the dry ingredients. The mixture will be quite thick.  If needed, add in any chocolate chips, nuts, etc. I used Macadamia nuts, mini chocolate chips, and a chocolate chip/caramel bits combo in a some of my batches. Fill each of your bread pans halfway, as the bread will rise. Bake for 45 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.

And don’t forget to sit, share, and savor. Be present, ask questions. #GmaVsBananaBread

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