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.

  3. Heather says

    love the ease of this recipe. Added chocolate chips to it. My grandsons favourite.
    Then I was thinking about the apples I had on the counter. And what to heck I made some apple loaves with this recipe. Adding of course some cinnamon and a little nutmeg. Delicious!

  4. says

    I am often disappointed in the banana breads I try because it lacks true banana flavor. Well, this banana bread was by FAR the BEST banana bread I’ve ever made! Perfect flavor, great consistency and easy to follow recipe. I did add a Tsp of vanilla and cooked for approx 70 minutes. Thanks for the great recipe! I’m sure to use it again and again and again!

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