Our Family Banana Bread Recipe

I have my insanely talented sister here guest posting today! Devan is a professional photographer with a BFA in photography. I am SO proud of her. You can see her amazing work on her website here.

She is sharing one of our very favorite family recipes that we grew up with.  You know a recipe is good if mom grew up with it, we grew up with it, and now we are making it for our families! 3 generations tried and true! 
When I was growing up, I loved it when my mom would make Banana Bread. The funny thing about my mom is that she has a weird hate of bananas. But she loves banana bread! I know, like I said..weird. Anyway, this is a recipe I have incorporated into my little family from the beginning. It is simple, fast, and my husband loves it! It was given to my mother by a sort of mother figure to her when she was growing up.

Banana Bread:
1/2 cup shortening
3 crushed bananas
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup nuts 
{I used walnuts}

Mix banana’s first until they make a smooth paste. 

Add everything else. 

I split my batter into two and put nuts into only one loaf {my hubby hates nuts}. 

Pour into two small greased bread pans. Bake at 350′ for 40 minutes. 
*times vary depending on altitude. 

Thanks Dev! You can follow Devan on her website here, or her facebook page here.
I hope you give this recipe a try. I have made it a thousand times and it is one of my very favorites!
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  1. says

    I tried this bread and I don’t know how, but it came out too dense and too sweet for my liking. I also felt that splitting the batter in half was a big mistake. I came out with a one and a half inch loaf, not to mention that it’s not golden brown on top but definitely cooked through so I can’t stick it back in the oven. It looks nothing like the picture either. I wonder if it’s because I assumed to use overripe bananas like I usually do with banana bread, though this recipe didn’t call for it. Sorry but I wouldn’t make it again. :/

  2. says

    I made this for the first time today. I doubled the recipe and 1 loaf was with walnuts, the 2nd was walnuts and chocolate chips. When doubled it took about 60 minutes to bake and that was with opening the oven twice to insert a toothpick. Without open the oven how long would you recommend baking a double recipe? Also have you ever made this into muffins? If so how long would you recommend baking those? It’s delicious and simple BTW.

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