Southern Banana Bread Recipe With Ambrosia Topping

Make your banana bread divine by adding an exciting sweet treat—ambrosia.

| November 2012

  • Banana Bread With Ambrosia Topping
    Banana bread is already a great treat, but this recipe takes it to the next level by adding ambrosia.
    Photo Courtesy Thomas Nelson
  • Bless Your Heart By Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson
    There’s a recipe in “Bless Your Heart” for every situation in which a Southerner may find herself. From book clubs to baby showers, Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson know exactly what flavors perfectly complement any of life’s occasions.
    Cover Courtesy Thomas Nelson

  • Banana Bread With Ambrosia Topping
  • Bless Your Heart By Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson

Bless Your Heart (Thomas Nelson, 2010) by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson is a collection of Southern food out to change the world one covered dish at a time. These well-crafted comfort food recipes are accompanied by stories of everyday life and around-the-table traditions. This banana bread recipe, an excerpt from the chapter on treats to bring to book clubs, is made even more delicious with ambrosia topping.  

Buy the book in the GRIT store: Bless Your Heart. 

More from Bless Your Heart:

Pepper Jack Cheese Spinach Dip Recipe 
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe 
Corn and Black Bean Salad Recipe 

Southern Banana Bread Recipe With Ambrosia Topping

I personally think banana bread is close to perfect. This ambrosia topping gets it all the way there.

Banana bread:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large bananas, mashed
1 cup chopped pecans

Ambrosia topping:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/3 cup flaked coconut, toasted
1/3 cup toasted almonds, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar 



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