Grandma’s Banana Bread Muffins

There’s something truly special about family recipes passed down through generations, each one carrying with it memories of love, warmth, and tradition. And in our family, Grandma’s banana bread recipe holds a cherished place in our hearts. With its perfect mix of sweet and salty flavors, it’s a treat that always brings comfort and joy, especially when enjoyed warm from the oven with a generous pat of cold salted butter melting on top.  And it’s a real treat to bake and serve, especially if you’re using Polish pottery; we often serve it right in the muffin tray or loaf pan it’s baked in for a beautiful, rustic touch.

13″ “red primrose” muffin pan by Manufactura, and 7″ “rustic field flowers red” plate.


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour


  1. Cream butter and sugar together, then slowly blend in all other ingredients until well combined.
  2. Pour the batter into a greased muffin tray or an 8-10″ loaf pan, spreading it evenly.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 365 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

This Mama’s secrets to the perfect banana bread? Adding an extra pinch of salt to the batter, which has a way of highlighting the natural sweetness of the bananas and creates a delightful balance of flavors. Sometimes a bit of demerara sugar crystals sprinkled over the muffin tops ad a nice extra crunch.  Either way, when it comes out of the oven, nothing can beat the aroma of freshly baked banana bread filling the air.  It’s the easiest treat to bake at night, perfect for waking up to at breakfast-time, and something Dad can never resist sneaking before bed if he catches it coming out of the oven!

Whether enjoyed as a morning indulgence with a cup of coffee or savored as an afternoon snack, Grandma’s banana bread never fails to delight. So the next time you’re craving a taste of home, why not whip up a batch of this beloved family recipe? After all, nothing says comfort like a golden banana bread muffin or slice from a warm loaf, lovingly made with a sprinkle of tradition and a whole lotta heart.