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Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Cream Cheese Banana Bread Recipe

I shared this Cream Cheese Banana Bread Recipe originally in 2012. It still gets traction, especially when the weather is perfect for baking or when you are just having a DAY. 

Other awesome banana bread recipes include Elvis Banana Bread and Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread. Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread is also a winner!

Original rambling post text follows —

I am completely technologically challenged. I’ve always been that way. When I was in school I preferred the library to the computer lab.

I always researched papers using books, spreading allllll of my papers across the reference section of the library, taking tedious notes and drawing swirls and curly-cues in the margins of my lined note paper.

I wrote rough drafts sitting in a greasy spoon called the Knife & Fork with a slice of diner lemon meringue pie and bottomless coffee poured by an infinitely cranky woman named Nan that had roughly 43 pencils sticking out of the tightly coiffed bun atop her head.

We had a typewriter. My mom really liked to type (that is code for, “My mom typed all my final drafts”). There were no laptops in my life.

I actually didn’t break down and purchase a laptop until earlier this year, and then only because the fan in my stegasaurus-era desktop sounded like it was going to spin itself into orbit. I refused a cell phone until I was 24 and I had to have it for work.

We had the same home phone number my whole entire life and my theory was that no one needed to talk to me sooooooo badly that it couldn’t wait until I got the message.

Banana Bread with Cream Cheese

Imagine that.

I still write most things down. I am a list-maker from the very bottom of my scatter-brained heart. I write lists of things we need on the chalkboard in the kitchen. Events and bills are carefully printed on the wall calendar. I keep a notebook full of recipes, scribbles,

Andrew’s math homework, and more lists. It does not ever occur to me to open up the notepad on my computer or use the calculator on my phone. And like that weirdo waitress from my high school days, if my hair is up, there is probably a pen stuck in it.

I tell you all this- the ins and outs of my quirky and sort of retro ways- as a bit of a disclaimer and also a plea…

With all of this shuffling around I’m not quite sure about the fate of my email subscribers. Comments from those of you that have landed here would be sooooooo appreciated. I will reward you with banana bread.

And I’ll get this all sorted out eventually.

Cream Cheese Banana Bread Recipe

This Cream Cheese Banana Bread is moist and rich and WONDERFULLLLL. It has more butter and sugar than my usual banana bread recipe and boasts a whole 8 ounce block of cream cheese. It bakes up more like a cake and was pretty hard to resist right out of the oven paired with an afternoon cup of coffee.

I’ll tell you, though… If you can muster a bit of self-control, save one loaf. Wrap it up TIGHTLY and hang onto it for another day. Leftover banana bread is amazing in things like Blueberry Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce!

Thanks in advance for commenting, subscribing, and helping me!

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Yield: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 bananas mashed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Grease two 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Then add the bananas and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually beat the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Stir in the walnuts.
  4. Divide the batter between the two prepared loaf pans and bake in the pre-heated oven for 45-50 minutes, tenting with foil halfway through.
  5. The bread is done when it's golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 245 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 34mg Sodium: 144mg Carbohydrates: 36g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 20g Protein: 3g

(slightly adapted from Southern Living magazine)

 

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Joy

Friday 22nd of March 2019

This is the best recipe! It's so yummy! Thank you!

Susan

Thursday 4th of January 2018

Cooking this in a 10×3 bundt pan, instead of walnuts used chocolate chips. How does that affect cooking time?

Heather Tullos

Thursday 4th of January 2018

I have no idea. I have never tested this recipe that way. I'd set the timer for 1/2 the time and test with a toothpick, and then adjust timing from there!

Linda

Thursday 4th of February 2016

I prefer the Southern Living version.

Heather Tullos

Friday 5th of February 2016

well... I guess make that one then.

Jackie

Sunday 8th of June 2014

Hi Heather

What type of bananas did you use in this recipe, firm, ripe, overlyripe etc.

Heather

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Hi Jackie! So sorry I'm just getting to this! I always use ripe or overly ripe bananas in cakes and breads. If you use a more ripe banana the color might be slightly darker, but the flavor and moisture content will be over the top!

Linda

Thursday 19th of September 2013

This is a definite for my "Make It Now" list. I LOL at your comments about tech, lists, CELL PHONE (!), etc. OMG, you were describing me! I refuse to give up my lists for any computer, but I have had to give in to the laptop and cell phone. Great recipes! Keep 'em coming.

Heather

Thursday 19th of September 2013

Hi Linda! Thanks! Let me know how you like the bread! This is one of my most popular recipes to date :) Annnd as I type this reply I have a stack of notebooks next to me with my to-do lists!!! Haha