Banana Bread with Almonds

Everyone is always in search of that perfect chocolate chip cookie, or that perfect white cake, but in my case, today was to figure out the perfect banana bread recipe. I’ve definitely have had my share of trying different recipes and have read in many blogs that adding sour cream (and/or yogurt, can’t remember) will make your bread more moist. So, off i go to search and compare. I think i have figured it out! I’m not a big fan of walnuts, so i substituted almonds instead. It still gives you that nice crunch, especially with the added sprinkle of almond/cinnamon sugar on top. The sour cream definitely did its trick because i have declared this recipe to be the best banana bread everrrr. Yes, it deserves that many R’s and probably more.

Best Banana Bread Everrrr with Almonds

Bread
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 medium sized bananas, mashed
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup sour cream

Topping
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease loaf pan. Cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Add in dry ingredients, then mashed banana, almonds and sour cream. I stirred it together by hand (i have a tendency to over mix). Pour into loaf pan. In a small bowl, mix all the topping ingredients and sprinkle it on top. Bake for 1 hour.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My darling husband likes to only eat bananas on weekdays so usually by the weekend i have some pretty ripe bananas. I’ve tried making Banana Bread, Banana Muffn, Banana and Blackberry Bread, Caramel Banana Cupcakes and even Banana Cookies which for some reason he doesn’t like Banana in anything other than maybe smoothies. I’ve been reading Lovin’ the Oven‘s blog the last day or so and i came across a Banana Cake with Cream Cheese frosting which looks really delicious and thought that maybe i should give it a try. So around 830 last night (i tend to crave baking at the weirdest hours), i set everything up and crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Anyways the cake tasted just like Banana Bread and it came out pretty moist and the frosting was delicious!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp veg oil

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease and flour two 8inch round cake pans.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.

Cream together the butter and the sugar.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well in between each addition. Add bananas, vanilla extract, yogurt and oil; mix well. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

Bake for 30 minutes. Cool and frost cake.

Original Recipe & Cream Cheese Frosting