Guest Post from The Cook’s Sister: Banana Bread

Guys! I have a special treat for you today! The lovely Amber from The Cook’s Sister is guest posting today and she’s brought you an amazing treat: Banana Bread!

Baked and Photographedd by The Cook's Sister(

Baked and Photographedd by The Cook’s Sister

She makes amazing and approachable recipes all on a students budget. I am in awe of her ambition to be able to be pursusing her Ph.D and also be able to manage her blog and cook up delicious meals. I’m pretty sure I lived on instant ramen noodles and waffle fries while I was in college! 

Here are a few that most definitely had me salivating!

Don’t forget to head on over and check out some more of her amazing recipes!


Baked and photographed by The Cook's Sister (

Baked and photographed by The Cook’s Sister

Hello! I’m Amber from The Cook’s Sister and I’m very excited to be guest blogging today! The Cook’s Sister  is a food blog centered around cooking on a student’s modest food budget. Most of my recipes are day-to-day things that one can cook in a hurry. However, I also, on occasion, feature recipes for special occasions. Each recipe on my blog comes with an estimated cost break-down by ingredient and the total expected affordability of the dish.

Mel and I are both participants in the monthly Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, which is how we met. We both visit each other’s blogs regularly now. And we both own some very cute kitties (I have one, Loki) that like to check out the tasty treats that we share on our blogs.

Baked and photographed by The Cook's Sister(

Baked and photographed by The Cook’s Sister

Recently, I had the pleasure of having Mel guest post on my blog, where she shared her delicious Chocolate Drizzled Mocha Cookies (Bryan has been asking me to make these cookies ever since)! I’m very excited that Mel invited me to post on her blog as well! I’m always amazed by Mel’s gorgeous creations! I’m amazed by the things she can bake and her ability to make it beautiful.

While I enjoy baked goods as much as anyone else, it’s generally not my strong point. Yet, to go along with Mel’s blog theme and my own, I wanted to share with you a tasty baked treat that is also affordable. So, I set out to make banana bread.

My first attempt at this banana bread didn’t work out so well. It might have had something to do with the fact that my baking powder was three years old (I bought it when I moved to my current apartment). Or maybe I didn’t bake it long enough. Or maybe I overworked the batter. Whatever it was, the bread was terrible on first try. So, I replaced my baking supplies and tried again. Today, I’m sharing my banana bread recipe (take two)!

Banana Bread


Baked and photographed by The Cook’s Sister


Wet ingredients

  • 3 eggs  – approximate cost $0.75
  • 1 cup cane sugar  – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1 cup brown sugar  – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1 cup lard, melted  – approximate cost $0.75
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla  – approximate cost $0.45
  • 2 ½ cups very ripe bananas (about 4-5), mashed  – approximate cost $0.60

Dry ingredients

  • 3 cups flour  – approximate cost $1.50
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder  – approximate cost $0.10
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda  – approximate cost $0.15
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg  – approximate cost $0.20
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt  – approximate cost $0.10
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon  – approximate cost $0.30
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves  – approximate cost $0.10
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)  – approximate cost $0.50


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the wet ingredients (eggs, cane sugar, brown sugar, lard, vanilla, and bananas) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, sea salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, and walnuts) in a separate large mixing bowl.
  5. Mix until well combined.
  6. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing constantly with a spatula until well combined.
  7. Pour the bread mixture into two loaf pans.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean).
  9. Allow to cool until you can safely handle the loaf pans.
  10. Turn the pans upside-down to remove the bread.
  11. Set on a wire rack and allow bread to cool completely.
  12. Serve warmed or cold and enjoy!

Makes 2 loaves, about 16 slices (approximate cost: $3.25 per loaf or $0.41 per slice).


(P.S. – I absolutely love that her banana bread recipe uses lard! -Mel)

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5 thoughts on “Guest Post from The Cook’s Sister: Banana Bread

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  2. Hi Mel, why use lard in a sweet cake rather than butter? I don’t understand. Very intriguing. Beautiful looking ace though. I think I’ll make some and have it ht out of he oven with ths banana and yoghurt ice cream.


    • Hi Dave!
      Lard has less saturated fat than butter and offers a different taste than butter. However, if lard is not your thing you could always substitute it for butter or shortening or because the lard is melted in this recipe, vegetable oil.
      Hope you like it!

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