Graham Cracker Banana Bread {Secret Recipe Club}

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Graham Cracker Banana Bread

I always get sad when I see someone has been “orphaned” in the Secret Recipe Club. My group’s reveal isn’t until next Monday, but I saw today someone in group D was orphaned—the person who was supposed to make a recipe from their site didn’t.

I hopped over to the site, Colie’s Kitchen, and determined immediately I could make something from there. Because there were SO MANY good-looking and simple dishes!

Nicole is a married full-time college student, stepmom to a tween, and still wants to get dinner on the table each night. She hates to clean, so we have that in common. If she DOES clean, we might not share that …

Anyway, I saw this recipe for Nilla Wafer Banana Bread and was entranced. But alas, Nilla wafers aren’t something I keep in the house and I just went to the grocery store. I did, however, just pick up a box of graham crackers. Close enough! I just subbed in the graham crackers and added a little vanilla extract for good measure.

baking banana bread

This bread is phenomenal. And you know how they tell you to make chocolate chip cookies when you have a house showing? They are wrong. Make this bread instead. It infused our whole apartment with amazing banana bread scent. I wasn’t even hungry but I couldn’t resist cutting off a slice from the popping-hot loaf and it did not disappoint. The graham crackers add an interesting flavor that’s not usually in banana bread.

Thank you, Nicole, for this awesome recipe! It’s one I will make often.

Graham Cracker Banana Bread

Adapted from Colie's Kitchen


  • 1 1/2 c. flour (I use all-purpose, unbleached)
  • 1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs (about one sleeve, crushed, minus half a cracker or so)
  • 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. walnut pieces (optional)


Preheat oven to 350F.

In a small bowl, mix together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

With a mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating until fluffy. On low speed, mix in bananas and vanilla.

Alternate adding milk and dry ingredients, mixing well after each addition. Stir in all but a handful of walnuts, if using.

Pour batter into a greased 9x5 loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts.

Baking for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

7 thoughts on “Graham Cracker Banana Bread {Secret Recipe Club}

  1. Thank you again for taking our Group D orphan under your wing 🙂 This bread looks amazing! I love the way banana bread smells when it’s baking. It really should be made for house showings!

    Happy Reveal Day.

  2. Thank you so much for stepping up to the plate and adopting our orphan Jessie! I love banana bread and adding extras like chocolate chips, peanut butter, etc. Graham crackers sure sounds like it would be good.

    Thank you so much for being a member of the Secret Recipe Club, and sharing your cooking talents with us.

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