Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread AKA Blizzard Bread

Here is the latest banana bread recipe I tried. I made some for a weekend trip back home, and this bread ended up accompanying us through a blizzard in which we got stranded and slept in a church overnight until the roads cleared.

This recipe (adapted from sugarandspice-celeste.blogspot.com) makes 2 loaves. I doubled it and froze the extras.

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread AKA Blizzard Bread

WHAT YOU NEED:

3/4 c. butter, softened
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 c. sugar
2 large eggs
3 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
4 mashed bananas
1 cup roughly chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

WHAT YOU DO:

Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat just until blended. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt then gradually add to butter mixture beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in bananas, pecans, and vanillla. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8×4″ loafpans.

Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and sides pull away from pan, shielding with aluminum foil last 15 minutes to prevent browning. Cool bread in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool 30 minutes on wire racks before slicing.

To freeze: after bread is completely cooled, wrap tightly in plastic wrap OR foil then seal in a ziplock bag. Mark the date with a Sharpie (keeps for up to 3 months).

banana bread helpers

Little Helpers

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

Doubling this recipe made a ton of batter so I busted out my favorite ginormous stainless steel bowl.

Seriously. It's a giant bowl.

Seriously. It’s a giant bowl.

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

***As a sidenote, I saved the peels and put them in the freezer until spring/summer, so I can blend them up and bury them next to our rose bushes as a fertilizer.

Reuse Banana Peels as Fertilizer for Rose Bushes

Reuse Banana Peels as Fertilizer for Rose Bushes

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