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Banana bread is great for breakfast or for an afternoon, or even midnight, treat. This moist cake-like bread made with bananas is a favorite for its texture and sweet satisfying flavor. Being made with bananas, this bread also has extra fiber and potassium. You are sure to have a friend or family member that makes some great banana bread, but if you would like to have it more often, there are some great places in Pittsburgh where it is regularly available. Head to one of these bakeries close to you to enjoy your favorite banana treat.

Trax Farms
528 Trax Rd.
Finleyville, PA 15332
(412) 835-3246
www.traxfarms.com

Located in Finleyville, Trax Farms makes fresh banana nut mini loaves each day. If you’re worried about making the drive just to pick up banana bread, be assured that Trax Farms has much more to offer. There are other freshly made breads, bakery items and fresh fruits and vegetables, including apples, squash and tomatoes. On the weekend, Trax Farms offers fun family activities such as hay rides, tasty food and live music. If you are looking to make a farm fresh dinner to go with your banana bread, Trax Farms is your go to source.

Kretchmar’s Bakery
664 Third St.
Beaver, PA 15009
(724) 774-2324
www.kbakery.com

Kretchmar’s Bakery in Beaver offers freshly baked large and small banana bread loaves with walnuts. In addition, this bakery offers many bakery staples including cookies, wedding cakes and specialty tortes. Everything is made from scratch daily with fresh ingredients. This Beaver favorite has been family owned for more than 50 years and continues to make the family recipes that they are known for. You can stop in just to get your banana bread, but don’t forget to check them out for your next special occasion cake.

Party Cake Shop
706 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
(412) 531-5322
www.partycakeshop.com

If you are in the South Hills, and the need for banana bread strikes, pay a visit to the Party Cake Shop where you can get a freshly baked banana nut loaf. The Party Cake Shop, as their name implies, also has a wide variety of special occasion cakes. There are also many other yummy pastries to choose from. You can grab some doughnuts for breakfast or coffee cake for dessert. The Party Cake Shop is a real treat for your sweet tooth, especially if one of your sweet cravings is banana bread.

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Oakmont Bakery
531 Allegheny Ave.
Oakmont, PA 15139
(412) 826-1606
www.oakmontbakery.com

If you live in the Oakmont area, and a mid-day banana bread craving strikes, you can order some banana nut mini loaves from Oakmont Bakery online and pick your order up on your way home. This bakery has more to offer than just banana bread, of course. There are also freshly baked bagels and breads, cookies and pastries. You can even pick up a pie to go with your next family dinner. Don’t forget to keep Oakmont Bakery in mind if you have an upcoming wedding or other special occasion for a beautiful and delicious cake.

Vanilla Pastry Studio
1130 S. Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
(412) 242-9820
www.vanillapastry.com

If you work near regent square, you have no doubt been tempted by the heavenly scent coming from the Vanilla Pastry Studio. Did you know that you can get your banana bread fix there as well? Vanilla Pastry studio has fresh banana bread and also fresh roasted pineapple, walnut-fig, chocolate-zuchini, roasted pear and several other unique sweet bread options. If you want to keep your banana bread all to yourself, pick up an assortment of muffins, scones or coffee cake to take back to the office for a distraction.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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