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Banana Bread for Dad

I made banana bread in honor of my Dad’s birthday. Make some and celebrate with us!

My dad’s favorite type of bread has always been banana bread. Whenever my mom made it, he’d have it for breakfast every morning until it was all gone. My brother and I were never huge fans of banana bread (although I am now) so my dad lucked out there ;)

I’ve never really made many treats for my dad because he’s not too fond of the typical American desserts. He always deems them too sweet. Sometimes, for the sake of seeing me smile, he’ll grin and bear it and eat the dessert with no complaints.

That’s just a glimpse of what kind of father my dad is. He has always put his children first and no matter what hardships, he’s always given us everything we ever so desired. He is the most generous man I know and so selfless. His heart is full and so filled up with love. He’s always been behind me 110% to support me. He has never once let me down.

Today is my dad’s 57th birthday. I made this banana bread for him. I gave it to him last weekend and the smile on his face made it worth every ounce of love that went into this bread.

It kind of breaks my heart that he’s getting old. The wrinkles are getting deeper, the grey hairs are more prominent, and his health isn’t what it used to be. I’m fortunate enough to see him and my mom the amount that I do because of how close by they are, but even so, I feel that every moment I get with my parents now is worth a lifetime and every banana bread I bake my dad will never be enough to thank him for giving me everything I could’ve asked for.

I love you, dad. Happy birthday!

Sorry this wasn’t a typical post, I felt that since it was my dad’s birthday, it was appropriate to have a post dedicated to him since this bread was made especially for him :)

Banana Bread for Dad
Recipe type: Bread
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 1 loaf
  • 3 ripened bananas, peeled and mashed
  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the first 4 ingredients and mix until well blended.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Then slowly pour it in the stand mixer, beating on low until batter forms and is mixed well.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before removing from pan and slicing.
  7. Keep in airtight container for up to a week.



  1. 08/20/2012 at 6:08 am

    thanks for the smile! And Happy Birthday to a great man.

  2. 08/20/2012 at 7:41 am

    Happy Birthday to your dad! How can anyone resist home baked banana bread! This looks great. And I know what you mean watching your parents age is tough. My dad has not been in good health for so long, I thank everyday he is still here with me.

  3. 08/20/2012 at 7:45 am

    What? There’s absolutely no reason to apologize! If anything, this is better than a typical post. He’s clearly a great father and I bet he’ll be honored by your post.

    The banana bread looks lovely! Have you tried reducing the sugar by… a lot? I live in Germany and Europeans in general complain about the sweetness of typical American recipes. Reduce the sugar and they all freak out over the yumminess. :)

  4. 08/20/2012 at 7:46 am

    The bread looks wonderful and this post is so sweet. It’s scary when they get older, isn’t it? My parents are both showing their age a lot more (mid-60s) and the idea of them not being around one day is hard to swallow. I adore both of my parents and can see from your words that you have an equally lovely relationship. <3

  5. 08/20/2012 at 8:05 am

    What a sweet post! Everyday IS a blessing!

  6. 08/20/2012 at 8:37 am

    Aww sweet post and happy birthday to your dad! ps we’re so on the same baking wave… just wait for it lol

  7. 08/20/2012 at 9:08 am

    Awww, happy birthday to your dad! This is such a sweet post–I feel lucky to have my parents nearby as well.

  8. 08/20/2012 at 9:15 am

    Since I’m drooling over the pictures of this bread, I’m positive your dad will be loving every second of eating it! It looks awesome, Julie! Nothing beats hot, fresh banana bread. So fragrant, moist and delicious. And when it gets stale, you have banana bread french toast! Yay!

  9. 08/20/2012 at 9:34 am

    Aww, now I’m all mushy and teary eyed!! Happy Birthday to a wonderful father!!

  10. 08/20/2012 at 9:37 am

    happy Birthday Dad!!

  11. 08/20/2012 at 9:38 am

    This is so sweet! I love dedicated posts…and beer bread! My husband is the same way – he’s not really a fan of desserts but he loves banana bread! Love the Greek yogurt!

  12. 08/20/2012 at 10:08 am

    Oooooo banana bread is my jaaaaam. This looks perfect!

  13. Joy
    08/20/2012 at 10:32 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your father! The banana bread looks perfect. My dad will be 96 next month…he loves banana bread, too. I may have to borrow your wonderful idea! He also loves dulce de leche…what do you think of a drizzle of it on warm banana bread? It might work. :)

    • 08/20/2012 at 10:48 am

      Yum! That would be amazing :) or you could fill it inside the banana bread. Pour half the batter in the loaf pan, then drizzle the dulce de leche on top and pour the rest of the batter to cover it and bake :) I bet he’d love that surprise on the inside!

  14. Joy
    08/20/2012 at 10:51 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. YES! ;)

  15. 08/20/2012 at 10:56 am

    My sweet tooth can’t really deal with American sweets either. I LOVED banana bread when I was younger. Haven’t really had much chance to eat it now though.

    Happy Birthday to your father!!

  16. 08/20/2012 at 11:41 am

    such a sweet post to your dad, who sounds like a wonderful man. happy birthday mr. chiou!

    • 08/20/2012 at 12:00 pm

      I love that you spelled my last name correctly :)

  17. This is such a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your dad! I am sure your dad is beyond rpoud to have a daughter like you – especially since you make him his favorite bread :)

  18. 08/20/2012 at 12:40 pm

    Happy birthday to your day! Love banana bread :)

  19. 08/20/2012 at 1:25 pm

    Wow you dad is young! Such a perfect, sweet but not too sweet treat for him. I am sure he loved it.

  20. 08/20/2012 at 1:53 pm

    Oh this bread looks PERFECT. I love banana bread!

  21. 08/20/2012 at 4:37 pm

    I love this post – such a beautiful tribute to your papa!
    Happy birthday, Julie’s Dad!!

  22. 08/20/2012 at 4:58 pm

    Gorgeous bread, and what a sweet post for your Dad. Happy Birthday to him!

  23. 08/20/2012 at 9:27 pm

    Happy birthday to your Dad! I can feel your love for him in your written words!

  24. 08/21/2012 at 1:01 am

    Awww, this post was just too sweet! Your dad sounds like such a wonderful father. And this banana bread is an awesome dedication to him.

  25. 08/21/2012 at 4:41 pm

    You shouldn’t be apologetic. After all, it’s your blog and a sweet dedication like this would definitely make not only your dad happy but also your readers :)

    Happy Birthday to you dad!

  26. 08/21/2012 at 6:48 pm

    such a sweet post! love it. And I love banana bread recipes – so fun to try different versions!

  27. 08/22/2012 at 1:54 am

    Don’t apologize for such a beautiful post and beautiful banana bread :)

  28. 08/22/2012 at 2:17 pm

    I love this. Happy Birthday to your dad. Im sure he really appreciated the bread and this post :)

  29. caroline
    11/24/2013 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I like a banana bread that is not too sweet and rich. I can eat this for breakfast because it doesn’t taste like cake. It’s also lower in fat than other recipes while still tasting great! I put walnuts all over the top because I like them. Worked out fine. I never put them inside because they get rubbery.

    • 11/25/2013 at 10:50 am

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Caroline! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! :)


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