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Lemon Poppyseed Banana Bread

Lemon Poppyseed Banana Bread | www.somethingswanky.com

Something about making Red Velvet Banana Bread last month was so mentally liberating. It totally freed me of any flavor constraints I was subconsciously assigning to banana bread– although I was having plenty of fun within the confines of peanut butter and chocolate (see the recipes at the bottom of this post)! But I loved trying a new flavor that I was a little unsure of, only to find I completely loved it.

Lemon + Banana really isn’t all that gutsy, I know. But I still wasn’t sure how it would turn out– would the banana overpower the lemon? Would it resemble the classic lemon poppyseed flavors at all?

The answer is: somehow the flavors just marry together, and you get both the banana and lemon-y taste in every bite. It’s like eating spring-time in bread form! I think this bread would be delicious with a glaze or a dusting of powdered sugar too… you know, if you happen to like things extra suh-weet.

As with all banana breads, the flavor is even better the day after. Just something to keep in mind. Enjoy!

Lemon Poppyseed Banana Bread | www.somethingswanky.com

Products I used in the making…

Lemon Poppyseed Banana Bread

Yield: 10-12


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 overripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp poppyseeds
  • lemon zest from one whole lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a 9x5x3 loaf pan with parchment or foil, and grease with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the banana and mix well.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between each addition. Mix in the lemon juice, flour, baking soda, vanilla, salt, poppyseeds, and lemon zest.
  4. Scrape batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Let cool completely before slicing.


Recipe ever so slightly adapted from: Food.com


 Don’t miss a bite!

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

7 comments on “Lemon Poppyseed Banana Bread”

  1. I love all your varieties of banana bread! Banana bread is one of my fave things ever & this will be pinned to my banana bread board :) Delish!

  2. “Springtime in bread form” yup, that sound like just what I need right now! Must try this lemon and banana combo!

  3. You have so many varieties of banana bread! I love it :-)

  4. Something about lemons says Spring to me too. I love how flexible and forgiving banana bread can be. There options are endless. I love the lemon poppy seed combination. All your other breads look and sound delicious too!

  5. I am loving the sound of springtime in banana bread! This does sound totally amazing! Love the fun flecks of poppy seeds!!!

  6. I have to tell you a funny story about this bread. I made it for my favorite gardeners. I bake for them all the time and lots of treats have been added to their coffee bar but this is a first. They have the items on an outside coffee bar and have had some problems with pilfering squirrels. I take them their treats in metal tins now to keep the squirrel from chewing through the container. I was there one night and hear a noise and we saw that a squirrel had gone to the trouble to get the metal lid off the tin and was at the lemon poppyseed banana bread. The owner raced down and rescued the bread and put the lid back on. That was funny enough that the bread was so enticing it got the squirrel to work the lid off (not that easy!) to get to it but the next day it got better. I went over to pick up something and went down to get empty containers to carry home and noticed the bread was gone. Thought “wow…must really be good if they ate it all in one day!” One of the guys came down and told me that a HUGE bird flew down, got the lid off the tin, and carried the bread off. I’m not sure I believe that “yarn” and told them so and we all had a good laugh off the story being so far-fetched and unbelievable. I laughed and said I usually tag recipes this good as a “keeper” but not sure what to label one that is so good it brings the wildlife to the table! Thought you might enjoy the story. It was a good recipe and I did mark it keeper but the story was too good not to share it here. HA Thanks for another great recipe!!

    • Too funny!!! I can’t believe that squirrel managed to get the lid off! Thanks for sharing, it brought a smile to my day :)

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