Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread

If there are over ripe bananas in the kitchen, then it’s a good reason to make banana nut bread, especially when it’s been raining and yucky outside like was yesterday and today. My personal favorite recipe is the Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread featured in The Southern Living Cookbook by Susan Carlisle Payne, 1987 edition.* My only personal adaptation to the recipe is that I like to bake it in four small loaf pans versus two large loaf pans, which gives me loaves to share: one loaf to keep and three to share or two to keep and two to share, heck who’s sharing. Just kidding, I shared.

This recipe adds a bit of the tropics by adding crushed pineapple to a traditional banana nut bread.

In researching this story, I didn’t realize that this cookbook was such a collector’s item now until I saw new copies on Amazon ranging from $80.00 to over $170.00 (ouch). The used options on Amazon ranged from around $6.00 to almost $200.00 (ouch again). Then I sat back and realized that this cookbook is almost 25 years old, and that my personal copy have increased in value; and that I probably have a fortune in cookbooks.

So it got me to thinking further, if you have a cookbook you’d like to sell then contact me with the title, copyright, condition, and photo (if possible) and we’ll post it on the site for readers to reach out to you about purchasing it.

* Southern Living, part of the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, does not allow reprinting of their recipes. This Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread recipe was prepared exactly to the recipe with no adaptations.

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6 Responses to “Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread”

  1. Ricky P says:

    I have enjoyed your Southern Twist daily updates. Today, I was particularly enthusiastic, as I have often thought I was the only fool in America who tried to collect old cookbooks. I have a large closet in the bonus room of our house that I converted to my “cookbook collection” – much to my partner’s chagrin. My mom recently told me to start going through her cookbooks to pull what I would like to have – what a gold mine! When we travel, I love going to vintage stores, or even second hand stores, to nose through old cookbooks. I am now working on filling up a second, floor to ceiling shelf within my collection closet. My friends and neighbors find it strange that I can remember the recipe, and where it is. I can always picture the cover of the book that has the recipe, and usually if it was on the left or right page. They find it strange – I call it a blessing! :) So cheers to you for bringing an unexpected (the best kind) smile to my day – the next time I open those double doors to my cookbooks, I will smile and think of Wendy With a Southern Twist!

  2. briarrose says:

    Yum. Looks delicious.

  3. Christina says:

    I also collect cookbooks and some of my earlier editions are worth quite a bit! You can sometimes find them in great condition at yard/garage sales too though! My favorite cookbooks are what I call “Church Lady” cookbooks. You know those community cookbooks put together by woman’s groups made up of all the members favorite recipes and sold to raise money for a charity? They have the BEST recipes!

  4. Tiffany says:

    I just made a hummingbird cake this weekend, which also combines pineapple and banana! It’s a great little marriage, no?

  5. Julie A. says:

    I think you gave me this cookbook and I can’t wait to try this recipe. We are having company/family for the weekend so I will have this on hand for those picky eaters! Thanks for sharing!
    A friend once told me to throw the ripe bananas in the freezer until you are ready to make the bread. I will let you know how it turns out!
    Julie A.

  6. Chrissy Curnow says:

    Thanks for sharing, Wendy! The kids and I loved it! I usually put chocolate chips in my banana bread, but this was a nice change of pace. As for the cookbooks, I bet my mom’s got a small fortune in the basement…

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.