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Walnut Banana Bread

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I bake 200 loaves of bread.—Douglas Jennings, Ottawa, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and milk. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 207 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • kathy
    Oct 8, 2017

    I really loved this recipe, I made this last night. I only had 3 small bananas, but I have to say this is my favorite recipe. not too sweet, just right.after I baked this bread I cut it in slices and wrapped each slice in saran wrap. It kept this bread nice and fresh.easy to grab on the go for a quick breakfast or a simple snack.this is a keeper.and the best part of it all, it's so easy to make!

  • GerAmerFoodie
    Feb 21, 2016

    The same recipe my Mom used in the 50's. Basic and delicious!

  • copperftg
    Jan 31, 2016

    This is my "GO TO" banana bread recipe. I double and freeze one. Estimating a dozen times I've made this. Excellent every time!

  • demccoy
    Jan 19, 2016

    I have made this twice now. The first time I followed the recipe exactly as written. The second time I added a teaspoon of vanilla. Great recipe and everyone loved it!

  • Emilienne
    Nov 16, 2015

    My family loves this bread. Easy to make and great flavor.

  • debpenns
    Oct 18, 2015

    No comment left

  • KittensSC
    Sep 21, 2015

    Made a loaf this weekend! My littles, husband, and house guests absolutely loved it!

  • delowenstein
    Jul 1, 2015

    I recall preparing this recipe when it was first featured in Taste of Home. I made adjustments to the recipe with the following ingredients: 1/8 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. I used 1 tsp. salt for this recipe. I adjusted the amount of vanilla extract to 1 tsp. for more flavor. I greased and floured my loaf pans used and used a 325o F. oven. I got 1 to 2 loaves on the 8-1/2x4-1/2" loaf pans and 2 to 3 loaves on the 7-1/2 x 3-1/2" loaf pans. I'd baked my breads 45 to 50 minutes with the 7" loaves and 50 to 55 minutes at least on the 8" loaves-I used my trusty cake tester to determine when loaves were done-cake tester should come out clean when inserted near center! delowenstein

  • PenelopeWin
    Mar 26, 2015

    This banana bread was so delicious. I must use gluten free flour so I was looking for a recipe that was a little lighter. It came out consistency of a regular banana bread so it worked. It tasted great. I will make this again. The recipe states to cook until a toothpick comes out clean. I cooked it 10 minuets extra and the toothpick never came out clean. I would recommend that you cook it no longer than recommended even if it does not pass the toothpick test. Even though mine was over cooked it still tasted great!

  • 123caroldeon
    Feb 19, 2015

    Very dry, disappointing