Mrs. Hockmeyer’s Banana Bread Recipe

August 27th, 2007  | Category: Cakes, Fruit

Mrs. Hockmeyer's Banana Bread Recipe

“The best recipes come tried and true from friends who begged them from others friends…” says Elise of Simply Recipes. So true.

When I set out to find a recipe to save the sad-looking bananas on my kitchen table, I spotted Elise’s post about Mrs. Hockmeyer’s banana bread recipe. And I knew it was what I was looking for.

For one, it was tested and approved by many. That’s the beauty of the food blogosphere.

Banana Bread Recipe

Secondly, the ingredient list didn’t include brown sugar. The combination of brown sugar and ripe bananas is too rich for my taste. It somehow tastes sweeter than a banana cake made with white sugar. And there are many advantages to a not-too-sweet cake. The biggest one is, you can spread Nutella on top!

Banana Bread Nutella

As much as you like!

Think of this recipe as the cake version of this banana and chocolate toast. Hope you’ll like it, too.


Adapted from Simply Recipes.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/115 g) butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 large (17.5 ounce/500 g) ripe bananas
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) desiccated coconut
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) vanilla extract
  • 1+3/4 cups (235 g) flour
  • 1,5 teaspoons (6 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon (2 g) fine sea salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F/180 C.
  2. Butter and flour an 8-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  3. Place the peeled bananas, sugar, desiccated coconut and eggs in a mixing bowl and puree with the help of a immersion blender. Add the melted butter and puree until well blended.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt on top and mix with a spatula until combined.
  5. Pour into the loaf pan, smooth the top with a spatula and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a rack, remove from the pan and serve with Nutella!
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  1. 1 - Valli on August 27th, 2007

    Thank you Mrs. Hockmeyer!!!I have a number of frozen “dead” bananas in the freezer just waiting to make their debut. I love a nice moist banana bread. I like nuts but the better addition is chocolate!!!

  2. 2 - Patricia Scarpin on August 27th, 2007

    Banana bread with Nutella sounds like a killer combination to me, Cenk! 🙂

  3. 3 - Anh on August 27th, 2007

    Fabulous! This sounds wonderful!

  4. 4 - selin on August 27th, 2007

    Okay whenever I drop by, I see a tempting recipe. This I have to say, you are one talented man thats really great at cooking, baking and whatever can be done in kitchen 🙂

    I love this one. Too bad I got rid of my dead bananas yesterday. May they rest in peace. Amen.


    Selin (

  5. 5 - Filiz Arıcan on August 27th, 2007

    Cenk bana çikolata deme zaten neyle olursa olsun yerim:)

  6. 6 - Cenk on August 27th, 2007

    Selin – That’s very nice of you. Thank you!

  7. 7 - valentina on August 28th, 2007

    It doesn’t take much for me to be tempted by banana bread. I just love any variations. I have never tried it with nutella though. Will be a new ‘to do ‘item.

  8. 8 - valentina on August 28th, 2007

    Oh, that is banana bread, banana cake..BTW, i am trying this post with different email address just in case posting works.

  9. 9 - joey on August 28th, 2007

    I love banana bread and I LOVE Nutella! I agree…they are a stellar combination 🙂 Thanks for the heads up on the recipe!

  10. 10 - JEP on August 31st, 2007

    Beautiful photos today! I enjoy your writing style, too. I am probably one of few who have never tried Nutella.

  11. 11 - ~marion~ on August 31st, 2007

    I choose your blog for the “Blog Day” because its very nice and I hope coming visiting Istanbul some time this year !
    But my blog is french, sorry… still I hope you’ll like being chosen for this day 😉

  12. 12 - Cenk on August 31st, 2007

    Hi JEP – Thank you for your comment. And per your Nutella comment, I have to say, you’re missing a lot.

    Marion – Thank you! I am not aware of the Blog Day, but thank you very much for choosing me 🙂

  13. 13 - Cenk on August 31st, 2007

    Valentina – I extracted these two comments of yours from the spam folder. So they are still going there 🙁 But I have found a solution! I am doing a “find” for valentina and quickly spot the comments 😉

  14. 14 - Tartelette on September 1st, 2007

    Banana bread and Nutella rock!! I only like walnuts in mine, same for brownies, but I am a walnut freak! Gorgeous pics again!

  15. 15 - valentina on September 2nd, 2007

    Oh, Cenk,this is great.Thank you so much for helping out with this spam issue.

  16. 16 - brilynn on September 3rd, 2007

    I like putting choc chips in my banana bread, but spreading it with nutella sounds even better!

  17. 17 - Jessica "Su Good Eats" on September 9th, 2007

    Wow, great pics! I’ll be coming back here again.

  18. 18 - Cassandra on September 14th, 2007

    Oh, my ! Haha, as I was looking at this, the television said “Shall I give you a moment to wipe the drool off your chin?” (-Quiznos commercial). Why yes, YES YOU SHALL !

  19. 19 - YC on September 18th, 2007

    The pictures just make me wanna bust my ‘diet’… 😉

  20. 20 - Cenk on September 18th, 2007

    Tartelette – Thank you!

    Valentina – I am glad the issue is solved as well.

    Brilynn – Choc chips! Great idea!

    Jessica – Great to hear you liked my blog!

    Cassandra – That is sweet. Thank you.

    YC – I know how hard it is to read food blogs while on a diet… Good luck 😉

  21. 21 - Laura on January 18th, 2008

    Very interesting! I’ve been making Mrs. Hockmeyer’s banana bread for a year and a half now. I’m eating a piece as I write this post. Ymmmmm.

    BUT … I was amused to read the reasons why you like it. Evidently you and I have totally different taste buds. I don’t like hazelnuts, and so spreading Nutella on banana bread would not be my cup of tea.

    I *am* crazy about pecans, though.

    So I always make Mrs. Hockmeyer’s Banana Bread using 3/4 cup brown sugar, and crushed pecans! (On the occasions I serve it as a cake, I just bake it in a shallow pyrex dish — for more surface area — and top it with a butter-vanilla frosting.)

    In my opinion, 3 bananas work best, by the way; 4 makes it imbalanced.

    Oh, just as I was finishing this post, my husband just shouted down the hall: “That’s good banana bread, honey!”

  22. 22 - lisa on March 30th, 2008

    i baked banana bread/cake last night, trying out 2 new recipes. this one and another one that calls for molasses. This one is simpler yet a lot tastier.

    I finished past midnight so I’m having my first slice now for breakfast (in the office). Yummy, yummy, Thanks!

    Pity I didn’t get to read about the nutella until now, i just came back from the middle east where they are a lot cheaper, and brought home 2 jars!!! I’ll surely have banana bread and nutella for dessert tonight, that is if there is still any banana bread left when i get home 🙂

  23. 23 - Nancy on September 15th, 2008

    Hi there! Looks yummy! I just posted about Classic Banana Layer Cake at Check it out if you can!

  24. 24 - Emma on October 14th, 2008

    Check out all these crazy varitions–

    Bet you’ll find something you’ve never seen before!

  25. 25 - F on September 3rd, 2009

    Funny, I made this recipe when I saw it on Smitten Kitchen and while we were eating it I said to my husband “this would be really good with nutella” – unfortunately we didn’t have any on hand and it was late at night. Although we drove around (that’s how much I was craving it) we couldn’t find anywhere that was open and stocked nutella!

  26. 26 - Hanane on January 5th, 2010

    I LOVE this recipe, I too was looking for an easy peasy banana bread and found this one in my search it has become a hands down keeper in my family. I however add pecans to mine because I like my fruit bread with nuts and nutella well what better topping will have to give that one a try.

  27. 27 - Ilknur on January 5th, 2013

    Cenk bey, erittigimiz tereyagini ne zaman koyacagiz? Ben deneyimlerime dayanarak islak karisimin arkasindan unu eklemeden once koyup karistirdim. Kek harika oldu. Bu kadar kolay bir tarifin enfes bir tadinin olmasida cabasi. Bu cok siklikla yapilacak bizim mutfagimizda…

  28. 28 - Cenk on January 13th, 2013

    İlknur – Haklısınız, atlamışım. Düzelttim – doğru, ıslak karışıma undan önce ekliyoruz. Afiyet olsun.

  29. 29 - Ena on February 13th, 2013

    I love the way you slather Nutella on a slice, nice and thick! I’ve made this bread countless times, it’s my go-to banana bread. I once made it for a picnic at my weekend house and served it with a scoop of ice cream on top of each slice, all my friends were sighing with content. They had no idea how easy it was to do it.

  30. 30 - Sara Roberts on July 4th, 2015

    What is the correct measurement for baking soda in “Mrs. Hockmeyer’s Banana Bread” recipe. The recipe reads 1,5 teaspoon (6g) baking powder. Is that correct? Your site is the best! Looking to hear from you soon. Thank you!

  31. 31 - Cenk on July 5th, 2015

    Sara Roberts – thanks! It is right there in the recipe (half a teaspoon). Yes, baking powder is also correct.

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