This is an updated version of an old favorite. Still a wonderful comfort food. Cut a slice and slather with some creamy butter; sit and enjoy with a cup of your favorite cuppa tea!

Lynn A Jaskowiak
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 5x9-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.

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  • Beat banana, sugar, butter, and shortening together until smooth; mix in eggs. Stir fresh orange zest, dried orange peel, nutmeg, and vanilla extract into mixture. Gradually stir flour into moist ingredients. Fold chocolate and lavender into batter. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle coarse sugar crystals over batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

Best made the evening before serving. Be sure to preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sanding sugar always gives your baked goods that fresh, Sunday morning bakery goodness.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

442 calories; 27 g total fat; 68 mg cholesterol; 253 mg sodium. 48.1 g carbohydrates; 5.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2017
I made this for my family at Easter and it came out terrific. The only substitution I made was vegetable oil for the shortening. Can't wait to make and share it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2017
I made this for my family at Easter and it came out terrific. The only substitution I made was vegetable oil for the shortening. Can't wait to make and share it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2013
I changed the recipe for family preferences so used spelt flour honey instead of sugar oil instead of butter and shortening and dark cocoa instead of the chocolate. WOW! This is a sophisticated banana bread! I will have to more more tomorrow! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2017
I made this for my family at Easter and it came out terrific. The only substitution I made was vegetable oil for the shortening. Can't wait to make and share it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2015
I love this recipe but I did make changes: I substituted Splenda for the sugar (my husband prefers it) used bitter orange-flavored olive oil for the shortening and added about a tablespoon of honey for layering of flavor although I'm not sure it is needed. I also made muffins instead instead of a loaf. Wonderful moist recipe! Read More