Cream Cheese Banana Bread
This cream cheese banana bread was a huge hit around here. There’s not much better than a warm slice of banana bread, straight out of the oven. I love the smell of it baking and the way it uses up all those brown bananas I haven’t gotten around to eating. I already had a favorite banana bread, but when a friend brought me a taste of this recipe into work I knew I needed to add this one to the rotation. The cream cheese adds a softness to the bread and keeps it moist for days. It also adds a slightly different flavor and texture that I loved. Like most banana breads, this recipe is pretty simple and yields great results. We ate this as a snack for days, and I have to admit I was guilty of continually slicing off tiny slivers every time I walked through the kitchen. This bread certainly gives my previous favorite a run for its money!
Cream Cheese Banana Bread
3/4 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add in the bananas and vanilla, mixing until combined.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Stir in the pecans. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8x4-inch loafpans.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs and the sides pull away from the pan. If necessary, cover with aluminum foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent over-browning. Cool bread in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely before slicing.
I’ve never seen adding cream cheese to banana bread, what a genius idea. I can’t wait to try this (and I have some bananas in my freezer just waiting to be made into banana bread.)
Megan, this bread looks out of this world soft and not sure if bread can even “look” creamy but it definitely does. i am always on the hunt for new banana bread recipes. Have a nice weekend!
This bread is so delicious! I made 2 loaves yesterday. Gave one away & my family finished off the other one today. I have 2 more in the oven right now! Love it!
I’m so glad you liked it!! 🙂
This is suchhh a smart, yummy recipe! I bet the bread is so moist with the combination of both cream cheese and bananas. I love banana bread – I can’t wait to try this recipe out!
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This sounds like an awesome combination of banana bread and cream cheese poundcake!
Banana bread is one of my favorites and this recipe really intrigues me. The color is so light it doesn’t look like banana bread at all! I HAVE to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing, you have one of my favorite blogs! 🙂
You are so sweet, thank you so much for your kind comment! 🙂
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I made this banana bread tonight. I have a really good recipe for banana bread that I have been using for years, but this sounded so good I decided to give it a try. Delicious! I will definitely make this again.
I”m so glad you liked it! 🙂
I always have ripe blackening bananas sitting on my counter so this recipe is going to come in very handy. And I just love the addition of cream cheese in here. Can’t wait to give this a try!
do you recommend beating with a hand mixer or a kitchen aid stand mixer?
Either is fine. Whichever you find easier. 🙂
WOW! You have opened my eyes up to a whole new world! I have a bundle of banana’s that went bad over the weekend–I think I’ll be making this bread!
Do you HAVE to add in the nuts? Just wondering for those with allergies and those who don’t like nuts mixed into things.
Nope, feel free to leave the nuts out and the bread will be fine 🙂
I finally managed to not use up al my bananas in smoothies so I was able to make this last night. I made it into muffins and they were so yummy!! I think this will be my go to banana bread recipe from now on, thanks!
Great idea making muffins instead – glad you liked them! 🙂
just made these as muffins…they are delicious and my kitchen smells great! thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂
So glad you liked them! 🙂
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Hi, Megan! I made this bread this weekend and it was absolutely fabulous!! I wrote about in on my blog, gave you credit, and linked back. 🙂 In case you are interested… http://cookingmisadventures.com/2012/06/11/cream-cheese-banana-bread/ 🙂
I’m so glad you liked the bread! I clicked over to your blog and read your post as well. I tried to comment, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me! But thanks for letting me know how it turned out! 🙂
Thanks so much for this recipe Megan… this will be the 2nd recipe of yours that I use for my work potluck- the other being the M&M cookies! Big fan! 🙂
I hope the bread turned out great! And the cookies too 🙂
Looks awesome! Would adding chocolate chips ruin it, or make it even better?
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Made this Cream Cheese Banana Bread on 9/28/12. All gone 10/1/12.
It was so good!! The moist crumbliness was perfect with a cop of Earl Grey tea.
did add just a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Will add to my permanent collection.
So glad you liked it! Thanks for commenting to let me know 🙂
This is by far the best Banana Bread i have ever made.
I toasted the pecans just a bit to bring out their full flavor.
Yummy! Thanks so much, Charlene
I have been making this for 2 years now and it’s the best thing I make!!!! Thanks for sharing this yummy banana bread. By far my husbands favorite of anything I make 🙂 I sometimes add a package of chocolate pudding mix (and cut back on the sugar) and add mini chocolate chips, WOW!!!!!!! thanks Megan!