These are sooo sooo delicious! "Really great appetizer for the summer or anytime. Every time I have served these everyone wants the recipe...and they're so easy! Just be sure to refrigerate the cream cheese mixture overnight!"
This is the first and still the best banana bread I've ever made, out of my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that was a wedding gift 20 years ago. I've tried a few other recipes since then (including the most popular online recipes, as well as other people's), and nothing matches this.
To make it healthier but still taste the same, I replace some of the white flour with whole wheat and some of the sugar with stevia.
I mash then freeze bananas that have gotten too ripe to eat, and thaw them for the bread.
I usually don't save recipes that I have to make a ton of changes to, but since my family really liked this I'm keeping it. The original recipe* calls these tater tots but they actually taste much more like hushpuppies! The original recipe calls for small slices to be fried in a bit of oil. When I did that they never firmed up, so next time I make this I'm going to flatten them into crabcake-style patties. I also had to cook these at a higher temperature and for at least double the time for them to finally brown enough to hold together, so I have also changed the temperature and timing.