Sweet Potato Banana Bread - TSLC

This sweet potato banana bread is so good. It freezes well and keeps in the refrigerator for several days. We love it with coffee for breakfast and as a snack anytime. This bread makes a great gift, too.

1 large sweet potato, cooked, peeled and mashed or 1 cup (You could probably use canned, too, but I have not tried it.)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil (I used Canola)
1 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey (Optional)
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup nuts of your choice (I used pecans)
Combine sweet potatoes, white sugar, brown sugar, oil, bananas, vanilla, whiskey and eggs in a large bowl mixing well with a spoon.  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well with a wire whisk.  Mix the two together with a spoon.  Pour into a sprayed loaf pan and top with nuts.  (This will make one large loaf or two small loaves). Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until center is done or about 40 minutes.  Enjoy!
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  1. Made into mini muffins for an Xmas party. Put a half a pecan on top of each. Baked 350 for 13 minutes. Everyone loved them. The bourbon is a nice touch.5 stars

  2. Lya Rachel says:

    I tweaked your recipe a little bit by adding chia and ground flax seeds, using an egg substitute, and mixing the nuts in the batter. Regardless, it was so sweet and tasty; I will be remaking this again soon. Thank you for posting and leaving this online for me to find all these years later. Xoxo.5 stars

  3. I’m actually baking this recipe right now! It smells so amazing, however the nuts on top are starting to burn. Should I have covered the pan?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I never cover the pan when I make this bread, Page. I do cook it on the middle rack in the oven. Some ovens get hotter than others. You could cover it to keep it from burning.

  4. Doreen Runyon says:

    Could I use baby food sweet potatoes? I have a carrot cake recipe that uses baby food carrots and they are soooo moist.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You can try it Doreen. I never have tried it myself. I don’t see why it would not work though.

      1. Doreen Runyon says:

        Thank you for getting back to me. I just made banana bread last week but love sweet potatoes and will have to try your recipe first and then maybe try it with the baby food sweet potatoes. Do you use really ripe bananas when you make bread or use them when they’re still yellow skinned? I always use them really ripe for more intense banana flavor but didn’t know if it mattered.

      2. The Southern Lady says:

        Mine are usually really ripe, too, Doreen.

  5. hjerryjan says:

    Can You use self rising flour and forgo the baking powder and soda

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think you could do that.

  6. This bread is so fantastic. Everyone loved it! I put in spiced rum since that’s what I had, really good. I had a very large sweet potato and extra bananas so I ended up tripling the recipe and making several mini loaves which I gifted to friends and family. My 2 1/2 yr granddaughter kept saying “Mo, MiMa, Mo!!”! Two thumbs up and 5 stars.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much, Gen! So happy you are enjoying this recipe.

  7. I think that pumpkin (not pie filling) could probably be substituted for the sweet potato….

  8. Don’t forget the diabetics…what could I use to replace the sugar and how much?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You might try Splenda, Steven, but I have not tried it. I would use the same amount.

      1. Thanks for the quick response. I will let you know if it worked.

  9. Christine Bryant says:

    Can’t get the printer icon to work, get a “broke X” symbol.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I just tried it on this post with no problem Christine. Try clicking on the name of the recipe and then going to the bottom of the page and clicking on the printer icon.

  10. Leslie Guild says:

    This sounds sooooo good.

  11. Darrelyn Cowan Kelley says:

    This Sweet Potato Banana Bread is wonderful!! I love the tastes of the bananas & sweet potatoes combined. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Ellie Davis says:

    The recipe doesn’t tell you how much sweet potatoe to use ??

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It says one large sweet potato or 1 cup.

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  14. This looks really good . I’ll be pinning this one.

  15. Vita @ Juicer Depot says:

    I bet yhe house smelled so good after baking that.

  16. Sherla Ashby-Hampton says:

    Trying it now. I can’t wait to take it to school tomorrow and share with my coworkers.

  17. Ki'ihele West says:

    I have a very similar recipe but instead of the sweet potato, it has a small can of crushed pineapple (Hawaiian style). It’s called Doctor Bird Cake (I have no idea why, the recipe was passed down to me). It will last for weeks in the fridge! And, freezes well too. It’s nice to be able to make regional plays on an original recipe.

    1. would like to have this recipe pls

  18. this sounds wonderful

    1. I’m definitely going to try this recipe. Yum, Yum, good.