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Banana Bread with Orange Glaze


My mom loves to buy bananas at Costco. The problem is that she can’t eat them all and sends the extras over to my house not realizing that I already purchased bananas. I am the only child, so there are no other siblings to whom  she can donate bananas. So this is what I get  – mom’s bananas on the left and my bananas on the right.

Needless to say I try a lot of banana recipes. Here is one I found this week. I like the smoothness of the cream cheese, it keeps the banana bread firmer and it doesn’t fall apart as easily. The orange glaze gives it a little surprise. This recipe is great with or without the nuts.


Banana Nut Bread with Orange Glaze

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (softened or cubed), softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, divided


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in 1 cup pecans.
  • Transfer to two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. makes 2 loaves

Next week I will  share my Fudgy Banana Muffins – my children’s favorite. If you have a favorite banana recipe, please feel free to share – Enjoy!

~Homemade in Lakewood, Washington


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