Banana Bread for Dad

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    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 :)

    5 from 1 vote

    Banana Bread for Dad

    I made banana bread in honor of my Dad's birthday. Make some and celebrate with us!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 1 hr
    Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6 slices
    Calories: 326kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3 ripened bananas, peeled and mashed
    • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 3 tbsp butter, melted
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 3/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the first 4 ingredients and mix until well blended.
    • 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.
    • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
    • Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
    • Let cool completely before removing from pan and slicing.
    • Keep in airtight container for up to a week.


    Nutrition Facts
    Banana Bread for Dad
    Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
    Calories 326 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 8g12%
    Carbohydrates 56g19%
    Fiber 3g12%
    Sugar 24g27%
    Protein 7g14%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Gina, book dragon says:

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

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    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.

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    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. :)

  • Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    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

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    What a sweet post! Everyday IS a blessing!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

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

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

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

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    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!

  • Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} says:

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

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    happy Birthday Dad!!

  • Cassie says:

    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!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Oooooo banana bread is my jaaaaam. This looks perfect!

  • Joy says:

    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. :)

    • Julie says:

      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!

  • Joy says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. YES! ;)

  • Stephanie says:

    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!!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

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

    • Julie says:

      I love that you spelled my last name correctly :)

  • Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie says:

    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 :)

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    Happy birthday to your day! Love banana bread :)

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

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Oh this bread looks PERFECT. I love banana bread!

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

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

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

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

  • leslie says:

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

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    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.

  • Kiran @ says:

    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!

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says:

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

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

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

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

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

  • caroline says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

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

  • Smitty says:

    I know the post is old, but we really enjoyed this healthier version banana bread. It had a great texture and didn’t taste as runny/wet as some recipes I’ve tried with applesauce. We also added walnuts.
    I’m thinking I might try it with pumpkin and pumpkin spice next:) Thank you.

    • Julie says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Dennis Hwang says:

    I have been much touched by your story about your dad. Glad you have made banana bread for your dad’s birthday because it’s your father’s favorite. Now you even have become loving this kind bread just because it’s your dad’s favorite.

    Yes, you are very lucky to have your dad as your dad, though it’s been a born destiny for you since you were born. Yes, he is such a great man with love and care for his children and other people. Wish I would have had a chance of reading your story before I had traveled down from NJ to attend the big lucheon held by your parents at home Sunday. What a shame of me! I totally forgot your dad’s birthday and did not say happy birthday to him at the party though I happened to read an invitation with the phrase in Chinese -吉羊瓜月(a birthday in July in 2015) written by your 2nd aunt for your dad’s birthday last year.

    Your mom ever showed me your recipe book. All recipes are so wonderful. I am proud of you. Wish you continuing achievements. Dennis

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much, Dennis. Your kind words have made my day!

  • Beth says:

    Hi! Do you know if I could make this into muffins instead of using a loaf pan? My husband’s allergic to nuts, so I want to make half with walnuts, half without. And I can’t do that in a loaf pan.

    Thanks in advance, I can’t wait to try! :)

    • Julie says:

      Yes, you definitely should be able to! Just bake it for less amount of time and make sure you stick a toothpick into the center to check if it comes out clean! :)

  • Sindy says:

    Banana bread never lasts 1 week in my family. It only lasts for 2 hours!!! :)

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