Get us in your inbox


The internet is going crazy for banana bread. Here’s how to make Mrs. Mandolin’s.

Virginia Gil
Written by
Virginia Gil

Have you reached the baking stage of social-distancing yet? It usually comes after you’ve attempted a Zoom workout but definitely before you join strangers in House Party.

If you’re there right now, deciding whether you’re a sourdough kinda gal or more of a cookie monster, we have a better idea for you: banana bread! This particular viral food trend is doubly efficient in that it helps you repurpose the giant bundle of rotten bananas you bought on Instacart in a panic and it also keeps you entertained for a couple of hours. Plus, it feeds the whole fam.

One of our favorite versions comes from Mrs. Mandolin—sister property to EAT List staple Mandolin Aegean Bistro—right here in Miami. The charming café, located in the entryway of Anastasia Koutsioukis’s dreamy lifestyle boutique, is a cozy hideaway where fresh-baked goods abound and a perfectly frothed cappuccino is always on hand.

Mrs. Mandolin is closed right now but the café’s pastry chef, Jessica Hernandez, is sharing her recipe for making its stellar banana bread loaves at home—down to the gluten-free flour she uses and her secret ingredient (dates!).

Gave her recipe a whirl at home? Share the goods on Instagram and tag #timeoutmiami for a chance to be featured. 


  • 1 stick room temperature butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (Use cup4cup to make it gluten-free like the cafe’s)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (usually 3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1 whole banana for the top of the bread 


  • Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy—about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Mix for 5 minutes until your batter is fluffy and smooth.
  • Add in your dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Once that comes together, add yogurt and bananas.
  • Fold in chopped dates.
  • Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan.
  • Top with a whole banana sliced lengthwise with the 2 halves facing up.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  • Let cool before slicing.
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Mrs. Mandolin (@mrsmandolin) on

Most popular on Time Out 

-People in Miami are sharing their window views during lockdown and they’re stunning
-Buy this Miami roaster’s specialty coffee and help the local restaurant industry
-Miamians can’t stop throwing balcony parties and the raves are getting wilder
-Zoo Miami just shared the cutest birth announcement
-City of Miami is now requiring residents to wear masks in public


Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.

Latest news


    The best things in life are free.

    Get our free newsletter – it’s great.

    Loading animation
    Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

    🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

    Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!