Banana Bread Cobbler

What does “comfort food” mean to you? It’s almost impossible to define, isn’t it? It really means something different to everyone. For a Southerner like me, it might mean fried chicken and cornbread. Or okra and tomatoes. Or field peas with sliced tomatoes. It really depends on the season and the reason. Comfort food for cold weather is completely different than comfort food for the summer. And comfort food for when you’re homesick is a different thing from comfort food for a heartbreak.

Whatever comfort food means to you, Southern Living has you covered in their new cookbook, “Comfort Food Made Easy.” I’ve been a Southern Living fan for as long as I can remember. Their magazine is a constant presence on our coffee table and I have their annual cookbooks all the way back to 1982. This latest volume is just packed with recipes that are easy, hearty, and perfect for the busy lives we all lead these days. It’s a cookbook that I’m happy to have an opportunity to give away to one of my readers. Details on that are at the end of the post.

When they say the recipes are comforting and easy, they aren’t kidding. Take this Banana Bread Cobbler for instance. It uses ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now and takes, at the most, 15 minutes to pull together. Pop it in the oven while you’re getting the rest of your meal done and then just sit back and enjoy the compliments. This is real, true comfort food at its best, y’all.

Make batter for Banana Bread Cobbler

Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and milk until just blended. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the batter into a lightly greased 11×7 baking dish.

Top the Banana Bread Cobbler batter with banana slices

Top with the banana slices.

Make streusel topping for Banana Bread Cobbler

To make the streusel, in a medium bowl use a fork to stir together the brown sugar, flour, and butter until a crumbly mixture is achieved. Stir in the oats and pecans.

Add streusel topping to Banana Bread Cobbler

Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the banana slices. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Finished Banana Bread Cobbler

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Banana Bread Cobbler
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A quick and easy dessert for any time of year using common pantry ingredients.
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 medium-size ripe bananas, sliced
  • Streusel topping
  • Vanilla ice cream
For the streusel:
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup uncooked regular oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and milk until just blended. Whisk in the melted butter.
  2. Pour the batter into a lightly greased 11x7 baking dish. Top with the banana slices and sprinkle with the streusel topping.
  3. To make the streusel, in a medium bowl use a fork to stir together the brown sugar, flour, and butter until a crumbly mixture is achieved. Stir in the oats and pecans.
  4. Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the banana slices. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Recipe from Southern Living Comfort Food Made Easy

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And now for the giveaway! Southern Living is offering a copy of their book “Comfort Food Made Easy” along with a container of LouAna Coconut Oil to one Never Enough Thyme reader. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. only. Contest ends on April 7 at 11:59 PM EDT. The winner will be selected and will have 24 hours to respond with shipping information. If there is no response after 24 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling me about your favorite comfort food! results

The giveaway is closed but you can still leave comments. The winner was commenter #19. Congratulations, Rhonda!

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  1. gloria patterson says

    My favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings. It was my favorite as a kid and I still want it if I have one of the days.

    MY Banana Bread Cobbler is in the oven right now. This looked so good and as you said I had everything to make it. It reminds me of impossible pie that is also southern I think :-)

    Wonder if others fruits would be as good.

  2. Bev says

    Okra chips! Going to try your southern tea cakes this week.
    Love the short stories with your recipes.
    Happy April Fools Day, the sun is shinning here in PA maybe
    spring will arrive after all.

  3. Ellen H says

    My favorite comfort food is actually a meal, not just one dish. Growing up, just about every Tuesday night, we had pan-fried ham steak with Coca Cola gravy, LeSeur peas, and yellow rice. Not gourmet and definitely easy, but the one meal I ask my mom to make when I have supper at their house!

  4. Rebecca Cruz says

    When I think of comfort food the first thing that pops into my mind is my grandmother. Of course grandmas are well known for great food. For winter it would have to be a very creamy macaroni and cheese, of course with a Vermont sharp cheddar being that I am from new York originally. Summer would have to be the perfect combination of a strawberry rhubarb pie, that’s definitely refreshing on a hot day, of couse topped with homemade whipped cream. both of these recipies are great and easy to make and comforting of course. Whether you are from the north or south everyone loves some down home American comfort food.

    • Mary Lotempio says

      Mine as well, I remember in the 50s , the store Woolworth’s had a restaurant, and they served the best meatloaf , mashed potatoes, and gravy. My mother took me there as a child, and ordered that. I’ve never forgot that I thought that was the best. I still love meatloaf and mash potatoes with gravy today.

      Ps. that was over 65 years ago.

  5. Betty says

    I grew up in an Italian home, so my go-to comfort food is usually pasta. Anything warm, cheesy and/or buttery is good for me!! :)

  6. says

    As you pointed out, different “occasions” call for different comfort foods. Having said that I think my all-time favorite comfort food is turkey & cornbread dressing w/mashed potatoes and giblet gravy. (Is it wrong of me to point out that YOUR egg bread/cornbread dressing recipe is my go-to recipe?)

  7. Amanda says

    My favorite comfort food is my mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese–sharp white cheddar gooey goodness that can always make me feel better. Too bad mine never tastes quite as good as when she makes it, but it still works!

  8. Beverly S. says

    I have several favorite comfort foods…I love chicken and dumplings, chicken, keilbasa & rice (aka: chicken bog), my moms butter beans, and banana pudding…just not all at the same time! =)

  9. Tommie says

    I come from Georgia, so my favorite food, after fried chicken, of course, has to be pecan pie. But now I live in Texas, so that pie is now twice as good because I can drown it with Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream. Nothing else on earth comes close!

  10. says

    First I have to comment on this wonderful recipe. I apply the ‘wonderful’ adjective because of your point—-ingredients I readily have on hand and quick. Comfort food for me is probably either
    meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy or mac and cheese. Oh yeah dessert would be a bread pudding of some sort.

  11. Donna says

    Chicken and dumplings and banana pudding are great comfort foods. My husband loves banana pudding and he is excited about me trying the cobbler recipe this weekend. Thanks for great recipes and ideas..

  12. Kathy Flowers says

    My favorite comfort food is fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes! No gravy, thank you, just plenty of black pepper and a touch of sea salt!

  13. Leslie Kiley says

    My comfort food is chicken , peas and buttery rice! I have it when I am sick, sad or just want to be at home. It was always served to us by my mom and my daughter loves it too!

  14. Jim K says

    My comfort food since the late 1940’s — green beans slowly simmered with bacon and a side of crispy-edged cornbread (baked in a cast iron skillet, of course). Although my Mom, Grandma, and the two favorite aunts are no longer here to cook it for me, they taught me how to make it. So I’m always surrounded by family when I’m cooking me some green beans.

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