Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

This recipe calls for cream cheese, which is why I felt compelled to try this even though it’s just banana bread. The cream cheese adds a little moisture, flavor and structure. The bread rose quite a bit but was sturdy and light at the same time. That is, it wasn’t as dense and heavy as some banana breads. It’s also not overly sweet. All in all, very good and definitely worth throwing into your big pile of banana bread recipes.

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

 

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread
 
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A delicious banana bread with cream cheese in the batter.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour (10.1 oz)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup mashed banana (8 oz)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped (divided use)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with 1 heaping teaspoon sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. For a taller loaf, use a slightly smaller pan such as an 8x4 or 8 1/2 by 4 1/2.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl; set aside.
  3. Beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add bananas, eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed.
  4. Add flour mixture and stir until it is almost mixed in. Add the ¾ cup of the pecans and stir pecans mixed and flour has disappeared - -batter should still be pretty lumpy.
  5. Pour into pan. Toss remaining 1/4 cup pecans with cinnamon/sugar mixture and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
  6. Makes 1 loaf

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Comments

  1. says

    You know where I stand with all things banana! I just made banana muffins this morning. Didn’t even get one. For my son’s preschool treat, since it was his b-day, I asked him what he wanted to bring, cupcakes, cookies, etc. and he chose banana muffins! I still can’t believe your daughter and husband don’t like bananas!

  2. Carole R. says

    If I lived closer to you I would gladly stay with Fuzz while you go anywhere.

    Cream cheese is a unique addition to b banana bread.

  3. says

    what concert did you guys go to? hope it was fun! who doesn’t love a good concert? that can be said for cream cheese banana bread as well haha a dollop of cream cheese mixed with honey sounds like a good topping on a slice of that.

  4. says

    Oh goodness love that topping!
    I want to try adding a some choco chips to my next loaf along with this crunchy topping.
    I love a good concert. How was it?

  5. says

    We went to see a band called Spoon. They were doing a special performance/politcal fundraiser for Mark Thomas. http://www.markfortexas.com/the_five_point_plan.html

    It was an excellent concert because the venue was so small and the acoustics were great. Plus, I’d never seen Spoon live (didn’t even know what they looked like) so that made it extra fun. The opener was Gary Clark Jr. and he was incredible too. Oh, and we were’t the oldest ones in the room. We were in the older “set” but not THE oldest.

  6. Lizzie says

    Hi Anna! Was just wondering if you could answer my question: my bananas have gone VERY black, as in entirely black and mushy. Is that unsafe to use for banana breads?

  7. says

    Hi Lizzie,

    I think black bananas are safe, but if they are really black, they might have taken on a rotten taste. I’d go by smell. If they smell fine, then use them.

  8. Lizzie says

    Hi again! Thanks for such a quick response! One more quick question: What does a rotten banana smell like? I am such an amateur! I suppose tasting it would also be good to do before putting them in the banana bread recipe right?

  9. says

    If it smells rotten you’ll know it! I really doubt that’s the case. It’s probably just very, very ripe. You might as well just try using it. Let us know what happens!

  10. Diane says

    Anna, I just happened upon your site by accident…and a fantastic accident at that!
    Made the cream cheese banana bread…wow!!!! it is amazingly delicious. I have tried several of your recipes, such as the pecan bars, and the whoopie pie. Thank you so very much for sharing these!!

  11. says

    Hi Diane,

    Thanks for the feedback. I’m always so happy to hear from new readers and people who stop by.

  12. Catpaw says

    I hate baking – I prefer cooking to baking. Something about the structure and measurements of baking just turns me off. However, I had a few bananas reaching the end of their useful life so starting looking around for recipes to use them up. Came across your site and thought that your recipe looked good, but then found that I didn’t have any eggs in the house… So, ended up using extra banana, adding extra baking soda and some milk. Not sure how it will turn out, but will let you know when it’s done – it’s in the oven now. I also added half a bag of chocolate chips that I had in the cupboard. Could be a complete failure, but hopefully not.

    Thanks for the site.

  13. says

    Hi Catpaw,

    It’s always interesting to hear from people who cook but don’t like baking. I guess one of the reasons I like baking is that it is slow and relaxing and if you follow the directions, whatever you’re trying to make will work. If you have experience baking and know why you’re doing certain things, you can make substitutions. For instance, a lot of times a banana can stand in for a couple of eggs. It will be interesting to see if it works in this particular banana bread, though. I’m anxious to hear the results.

  14. Catpaw says

    Thanks Anna… Another twenty minutes and we’ll know :-)

    I enjoy the creative aspect of cooking, and it is relaxing to me after ten or twelve hours working. The ability to clear my mind of anything other than what’s in front of me is something very valuable to me. Though I don’t think that we have control over anything, the illusion is nice every now and again.

    So far, it looks pretty good (and smells good), so we’ll see what happens… I’ll let you know once I get it out of the oven and try it.

  15. Catpaw says

    It worked out pretty well. I think the texture would have been a bit better with the eggs, but it isn’t bad. The flavor is great. I have a couple pics that I’ll send over to you tomorrow.

    Thanks again

  16. says

    That’s great! I like hearing how things work out when eggs are omitted because a lot of people have egg allergies and it’s good to have alternatives. And of course it also makes it easier to “veganize”. There’s vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, and vegan milk, but swapping out eggs for a vegan substitute doesn”t always work out.

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