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Banana Pecan Loaf

We slice this banana bread so thick it is almost embarrassing—but we need fat slices to deliver ample portions of the Pineapple Spread. When beating the cream cheese for the spread, beat the cheese until it is as light and fluffy as whipped cream. —Lee Ann Miller, Millersburg, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple, well drained


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture. Fold in pecans.
  • Transfer batter to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and pineapple. Serve with bread.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice with 4-1/2 teaspoons spread: 275 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • pajamaangel
    Mar 30, 2020

    The spread did absolutely nothing for the banana bread, but the flavor of the bread itself is wonderful!

  • Eulalia42
    Jan 2, 2015

    Wonderful! This is the best banana bread recipe I've seen in years. My family loved it!!! The pineapple spread was magnificent - and I don't even like pineapple!

  • kranenburgk
    Jul 3, 2014

    I have been making banana bread for 40 years or more and this is the very best recipe that I have found!! My husband and I love the pecans (I usually use walnuts) and the brown sugar gives this bread a moist and sweet flavor. Thank you so much!

  • sarahdraper08
    Jun 24, 2014

    Easy to make and sooo good! Next time I'll try the pineapple spread!

  • Peggie0203
    Jan 26, 2014

    Exceptionally good loaf! I love the cake-like texture and mild flavour. This is my new favorite banana loaf recipe.

  • dcscake_OH
    Jan 14, 2014

    This is a good recipe, I substituted the brown sugar with brown sugar blend. That did give it an after taste, so next time I make it, I will only substitute half of the brown sugar with it. Other than that if was great.

  • mikelssword
    Jan 13, 2014

    This is a fantastic recipe! I like to keep mini loaves of bread in my freezer for instant gifts so I doubled this recipe, added 2 tsp. of banana flavoring and baked it in 14 mini loaf pans and made one cupcake (for tasting purposes of course). Great recipe. I will use this one for my go to Banana Bread from now on.

  • Loiscooks
    Jan 13, 2014

    This was just okay. It did not have much of a banana flavor. I think it might taste better with another banana or two. I was looking for another banana bread recipe, and I ran across this. I did not make the spread as we just prefer the bread. It was okay, but not something I will make again.

  • lcouturier
    Jan 13, 2014

    add coconut to the spread, then you have a tropical snack!

  • ldee87
    Jan 13, 2014

    I have used various different recipes for banana bread, but this one is a keeper for me and my family.