Cream Cheese Banana Bread

by Heather on February 18, 2011

Yesterday I was sitting there wondering what to make.  I knew it had to be something good and something with bananas, what with the 3 overly ripe beauties sitting on my counter.

Not only that, I also had a craving for banana bread but had some cream cheese in the fridge to use up.  Suddenly Cream Cheese Banana Bread was born!  I used this recipe, adding and taking away ingredients according to what I had on hand and what I know works at high altitudes.  The only problem?  It says to make 2 8×4 loaf pans, and since I only have one (and wasn’t about to spend hours on end baking banana bread) I made a pan of muffins and a 9×5 loaf pan.  Perfection!

Yeah…there are only 6 left.  That would be because…well…ahem…because I at them all.  Within 15 minutes.  Oops…

I will say that the culprit though…the reason I couldn’t stop eating them (despite the fact that the muffins are outrageously good on their own) is because I might have taken the leftover salted caramel frosting and spread it all over the muffins.


Does that make them cupcakes?


Oh well if it does…it was divine!  Hence the wearing of yoga pants for the entire rest of the weekend…

The loaf turned out perfectly as well, crisp on the outside and wonderfully moist on the inside.  I also love that the cream cheese in the bread adds a wonderful underlying tartness.  It’s a perfect balance of flavor!


Recipe from Diana’s Desserts, adaptions made based on on-hand ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed well
  • 1/4 cup milk, stirred in at the end

Preheat oven to 350.  In a bowl beat together the cream cheese and butter until creamy and well combined.  Add the sugar and eggs and mix well for 2 minutes.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.  Add the bananas and milk, and mix until everything is well incorporated.  For muffins, fill each muffin cup 2/3 full and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  For the loaf, grease a 9×5 pan and bake at 350 for 60-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


I highly recommend the frosting serving suggestion, but plain butter would be fabulous as well!

Now, if you’ll excuse, I’m off to finish of the rest of loaf.  It’s what I do and I’ve already resigned myself to stretchy pants the remainder of the weekend!


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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Evan Thomas February 18, 2011

That bread looks so soft and smooth. I’m sold.


2 Kelly February 18, 2011

Yum! Sometimes you just need a stretchy pants type of a weekend! :)


3 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 18, 2011

Cupcakes, muffins, bread…I want it all.


4 brandi@BranAppetit February 18, 2011

that bread looks so dense – i love it!

and I have a ton of bananas that need to get used, too.


5 Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes February 18, 2011

Yummm, cream cheese in quick bread is SO good. And I can’t even imagine it with the frosting…. !!!


6 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite February 18, 2011

Sounds so delicious! I haven’t used cream cheese in a quick bread before, but I’m sure it makes all the difference!


7 Ang February 18, 2011

Brilliant idea with the cream cheese. What a beauty-of-a-loaf.


8 Bekki February 18, 2011

you put a smile on my face- I love that you are so honest and comfortable with who you are- that is truly something that isn’t common anymore! THanks


9 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) February 18, 2011

I hate bananas but really like banana bread. Go figure.


10 Shannon February 18, 2011

umm, girl, where do you find the time to bake so much!!!


11 annie February 18, 2011

oh cream cheese is good in everything!!


12 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 18, 2011

Yummy! Looks like pound cake. :)


13 KeepItSweet February 18, 2011

Oh wow, this sounds so good! I agree with J3nn, it does look like a pound cake:-)


14 Lauren from Lauren's Latest February 18, 2011

This looks SO GOOD! I need to make some pronto!


15 shylab1 February 18, 2011

What! Cream cheese banana bread?! That’s music to my ears, eyes, nose and belly!


16 Jenny February 18, 2011

Wow that bread looks amazing. I’ve never thought to put cream cheese and banana together. Yummy :)


17 Jessica @ How Sweet February 18, 2011

My all time favorite banana bread is made with cream cheese too. It is SO good!


18 Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) February 18, 2011

I’ve saving banana bread recipes like nobody’s business this week!
Guess I’m adding to my collection, and whipping up some banana bread this weekend!


19 Miri Leigh February 18, 2011

This banana bread looks delicious… I think I’ve just found my project for the night! Thank you!


20 Runeatrepeat February 19, 2011

Ben’s mom made banana bread with cream cheese frosting this Christmas and I totally dominated that loaf!


21 Nicole February 19, 2011

Ooh, that looks SO good!!


22 Cookin' Canuck February 19, 2011

I’ll bet this banana bread is so moist. What a great recipe for a weekend morning.


23 Natalia - a side of simple February 20, 2011

Mmm cream cheese and bananas win my heart. It’s pretty much been a yoga-wearing month, not gonna lie :)


24 Mads February 20, 2011

These look divine!
Aaaaand they are now bookmarked. If the salted carmel frosting forced you to eat 6 muffins, then they must be worthy of a bookmark.


25 Bluej February 20, 2011

looks sooo delicious cant wait to try the recipe!


26 marla {family fresh cooking} February 21, 2011

It is essential that I try something like this asap. Cream cheese and bananas pair perfectly together!


27 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food February 21, 2011

This sounds so good! I can’t wait to try it! I have a hard time turning down anything made with cream cheese! Also, I just recently found your blog and I love it! :)


28 Megan February 22, 2011

I have some over ripe bananas sitting on my counter too. Hmmm, I better go find my yoga pants!


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