Cream Cheese Banana Bread

This is without a doubt the best Banana Bread that I have ever had! I love banana bread right out of the oven or several days old toasted with a little dollop of butter.  With a nice hot cup of coffee there is nothing better to start my morning.  I fell in love with this bread several years ago when my sister-in-law baked it for breakfast Christmas morning.  I just could not stop gushing over how moist and flavorful it was and could not wait to get home and try the recipe. After making it many times I have gotten it to the point of perfection.

This bread appeared on the front cover of Southern Living January 2005.  After you try it you will know why.  It is fabulous as I and many of my baking friends can attest to that fact.  I’m pretty sure that there are many reasons for this perfect tasting bread.  Here is what I learned while baking banana bread.  Bananas have a lot to do with it.  Some have written that the more ripe the bananas are the better, but I really think that freezing the bananas is the trick.  I always freeze bananas that would not be good to eat otherwise.  Just peel them and pop them in a freezer bag.  When taken out of the freezer and brought to room temperature you have bananas and some great banana “extract”.  That’s what I think adds the great  flavor.  Next there is a mixture of cream cheese and butter that without a question leads to the moistness and nice crumb of the loaf.  Lastly,  the toasted pecans just add that next depth of flavor.    And yes they are added to the batter and then as a topping.  Nothing could be better.

In my attempts to make this recipe I have failed in my eyes many times.  But, in the eyes or should I say mouths of GI Joe and The Athlete they think that all my attempts were fabulous. That is just because they love me and don’t want to hurt my feelings.  Really they are afraid if they complain that they will have to cook!  They would then starve!  Using my large Kitchen Aid mixer did not work well.  It is a mixer with a lot of power and easy to work the dough too much.  Using my small hand mixer resulted in a better product.   In testing three  different types of loaf pans I found that my Wilton pans with a dark finish worked best if I lowered  the temperature by 25 degrees and reduced the cooking time to 55 minutes.  Using my Pyrex and my corningware loaf dishes seemed to dry out the bread even when I reduced the temperature and time.   You have to remember that your pans and oven are going to differ from the recipe, so you too may have to play around with the recipe until you get it right!  Here are the step by step photos:

Mix together butter and cream cheese until fluffy.

Add sugar and add 2 eggs one at a time .  Mix well after each egg.

Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Last stir in bananas, toasted pecans, and vanilla.

Pour batter into to greased and floured loaf pans.

Place 1/2 cup toasted pecans on top of the batter.

Bake for about 55 minutes.

Top with icing made with powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice after cooling for 10 minutes.

Then try with all your might for an hour before cutting so you will have perfectly sliced pieces of cream cheese banana bread!

Cream Cheese Banana Bread from Southern Living

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 8-oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas about 4 medium
  • 2 cups of toasted pecans, divided  Toast nuts at 325 degrees in a rimmed pan for about 15 minutes.  Watch carefully they can burn easily!
Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons  lemon juice
  •  1 teaspoon lemon zest
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, 1 at a time.  Beating well after each egg.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  gradually add to butter mixture.  Beating just until blended.  Do not overbeat.  You will make the bread tough if you overbeat the mixture.  
  5. Stir in bananas, 1 cup of chopped nuts, and vanilla.  
  6. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.   I used 9×4 inch pans.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of toasted pecans to the top of each pan
  7. Bake at 350 degrees.  Reduce temperature by 25 degrees if using dark  or glass pans.
  8. Bake for about 55 minutes.  Adjust your time according to what  type of pans that you are using.  Dark colored pans as well as glass pans cook faster.   I used dark pans.  Other types may take a longer cooking time. 
  9.   Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Stir together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest until blended.  Drizzle evenly over warm bread.
  11. Cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack.

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42 Comments

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42 responses to “Cream Cheese Banana Bread

  1. wow, this looks like a really creamy & moist banana bread. who can resist creamcheese?!

  2. Tot Free

    Can’t wait to try this! Anything is good with cream cheese in it!

  3. banana bread has to be the dish with the most recipe variations out there. this is a new one, and it looks like it yields an amazing treat!

  4. Lara

    Wow that sounds absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Do you think I can cut the sugar way down without compromising the recipe though? I always find banana recipes too sweet. :)

  5. amber w

    Freezing the bananas then letting them get to room temperature leaves you with sort of a banana extract. This looks delicious and i would love to try it. The cream cheese and butter also make the bread moist.

  6. Alex

    I absolutely LOVE banana bread! And I really like cream cheese, but I don’t know how well those would mix. But apparently it turned out delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

  7. candi

    this banana bread looks very tasty.. i didnt know you could put cream cheese on it. the cream cheese makes it look even better and makes it look like it is done professionally.

  8. jessica v

    when you put bananas in the freezer the day before it adds good banana extract.

  9. Chelsea M

    This looks very good and delicious! I’ve never had it before, and never knew you could put cream cheese on it. The cream cheese makes it look even better.

  10. miracle

    I normally don’t eat banana bread but looking at this makes me want to go out and make me my own, I learned that you must the butter and cream cheese until there is no more lumps

  11. Summer

    I learned that you should wait at least an hour before cutting the banana bread so that it does not fall apart.

  12. Kaitlyn C

    i learned that , you put lemon zest/juice in it to give it more flavor (:

  13. Kaylon Hendrix

    You know how to make everything I hate look so good, I’m not a big fan of bananas at all! Ew. But the way you put them into this recipe makes me want to give them a try. Adding pecans to the top really gives the soft bread a crunch and some texture!

  14. Gifty

    if you over beat the baking powder , salt, and baking soda with the butter, then the dough will be tough

  15. dont overbeat the dough because the bread will become tough!

  16. gabby c. 1st per.;2nd sem.

    I personally don’t like banana bread. Honestly I didn’t know that people freeze bananas for banana bread and I don’t think this is the recipe for me, so i’ll try another one!

  17. natasha

    I love bananas. And I love bread! So, this is right up my alley. I learned that you never want a lumpy batter.
    Other than that; it looks GREAT!

  18. Alison C*

    I learned that if you overbeat the mixture then the bread will be tough.

  19. charity

    i learned you need to grease and flour the pan before putting the batter in.

  20. i learned you can make bananas bread with cream cheese

  21. Marissa 1st period

    This banana bread looks like it tastes pretty good! I learned that to really make your banana bread taste great, freezing the bananas is the trick!

  22. jessica n

    banana bread is a very easy task. and taste great with a glass of milk.

  23. carmen g

    i learned that you should wait about an hour before cutting into the bread and if you over beat the mixture it will turn out rough and not good.

  24. Jasmine Jones

    I learned that you can mix in cream cheese w/ banana bread and it can still hold, and tastes great !

  25. alyssa baldwin

    I always pictured banana bread as a yellow kind of bread, but its actually very dark bread.

  26. lauren bowman

    i learned using a small hand mixer is better.

  27. Chelsea Gray

    The bread will be tough if you overbeat the mixture.

  28. Lindsey Harley, 2nd block

    I didnt know you could use cream cheese in it but it looks very yummy, and i learned that if you overbeat the dough it will become tough

  29. Jordan Griffin 2nd block

    I learned that if you over beat the dough it’ll become tough.

  30. Brittany Smith

    I learned that if you want to make your banana bread taste amazing, you should freeze the bananas and then let them thaw at room temp.

  31. ashton kell

    this looks easy and i think the cream cheese would taste really good with bananas and especially the peacans

  32. Sarah Michalke 2nd

    I learned that dark colored and glass pans cook faster.

  33. julie o

    i learned that nuts can burn easily. i am going to cook it at home

  34. melissa cuevas

    i learned that you can put lemon zest in it to give it more flavor! it looks so good and the cream cheese really adds to the appearance

  35. galia sayyar

    I didn’t know that when you put bananas in the freezer the day before it adds good banana extract !!

  36. Patrick Hogan

    i did not know that you put lemon juice in bread!!

  37. Brooke H

    When cooking your banana bread you should wait awhile so that the bread will no fall apart.

  38. lindsey

    i made this for my husband and me & we love it! It is so delicious!! Definitely something I have been craving here in France!

  39. ANTIONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    make this too! i love this class

  40. Liza

    It’s in the oven now…wow, just the batter is delicious! Can’t wait to try the bread!

  41. Liza

    Made it and it is way too sweet with the 2 cups of sugar it calls for. I’m reducing sugar next time and giving it a second shot.

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