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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
Yield: 2 loaves

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 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


  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:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

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(slightly adapted from Southern Living magazine)


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Friday 22nd of May 2020

This is, by far, the best banana bread recipe.

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Thank you so much, Paige!

JS in IL

Friday 8th of May 2020

I’ll bet your bananas were too small. I used three that were regular size or larger. Didn’t measure the mashed pulp, but just looking at it, I would guess it was more than 1 1/2 cups. I used it all because I didn’t want to waste it.

Keith D.Jones

Thursday 2nd of April 2020 way! The recipe calls for to much flour. Made it to dry now I have to trash it. Nobody want eat it in my family.


Friday 15th of May 2020

@Keith D.Jones, seems you just don't know how to bake - i made these yesterday and they are devine light and airy. You need to add the flour mixture in slowly and preferably hand whisk as anytime you mix flour into cakes or any baked the electric mixer can take the air out and make it go flat and awful. I did a whisk and a quick electric mix at the end just to smooth it. Added flour in about 5 batches and incorpated well before adding next set. Rude to give a good recipe a bad name when its clearly the Baker.

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Based on your INCREDIBLE grammar I am going to guess that you didn't follow the directions.

Margaret Robertson

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Do you have any adjustment suggestions for muffins other than to reduce the baking time? This looks yummy, I have my bananas and cream cheese ready!

Margaret Robertson

Saturday 25th of January 2020

@Heather Tullos, thanks for the response! :) I made it as loaves and it was a hit.

Heather Tullos

Saturday 25th of January 2020

I've not tried this as muffins, Margaret! I definitely need to though!


Friday 22nd of March 2019

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