My mom gave me this recipe and it's nice and sweet. I normally use three medium-large sized bananas. Nuts can be added, if desired.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 8x4 inch loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla pudding mix. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and shortening until light, scraping sides of the bowl often. Add the eggs one at a time, beating smooth after each addition. Mix in the milk.

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  • Add flour mixture and mashed bananas alternately to creamed mixture, beating until smooth after each addition. Fold in nuts if desired. Pour batter into a lightly greased 8x4 inch loaf pan.

  • Bake in a cold, (non-preheated) oven set to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for 50 minutes, then cover with foil to prevent burning and bake for additional 10 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the crown comes out clean. Leave in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 32.8g 11% DV; fat 12g 18% DV; cholesterol 31.7mg 11% DV; sodium 259.8mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2007
Wonderful banana bread. I used instant vanilla pudding because that was what I had in hand. I also decreased the salt to 1/2 tsp. other than that I followed the recipe and it is worth making again and again. Thank you for sharing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/28/2010
First of all use a 9x5 pan. If you follow the recipe directions you'll be cleaning your oven like me. The pudding flavor overpowers the banana flavor. Read More
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156 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 126
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2007
Wonderful banana bread. I used instant vanilla pudding because that was what I had in hand. I also decreased the salt to 1/2 tsp. other than that I followed the recipe and it is worth making again and again. Thank you for sharing. Read More
(95)
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2007
Oh my gosh is this bread good! I used instant banana pudding mix and I replaced the milk with rum and Kahlua. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2003
it is delicious!!! I made it for my family after school one day and they LOVED IT!!!!! You have to make it the fresh bananas make it so juicy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2008
Very good, but a bit salty...will cut down on the salt next time. I used butterscotch pudding because that's what I had on hand and it still turned out great! Also, great results using butter instead of shortening. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
You know how when you add pudding to a cake mix it makes the cake soooo moist and dense.....Same with this banana bread. Its a great recipe Maranda. Sweet dense moist and flavorful. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2004
Great Bread. One word of caution bake it in a 8 x 5 inch pan it over flowed in my 8x4. Great Recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
By far the best banana bread I have ever made! I have long been looking for the perfect banana bread recipe and others have been good but nothing like this. Moist dense and full of rich banana flavor. Can't wait to share with family and friends! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
This recipe is wonderful! I had a whole bag of ripe bananas and was looking for a good bread. I didnt have any vanilla pudding but had a box of sugar free chocolate pudding so I used that. It turned out great and hubby is working his way through half of it while I write this. This is a keeper for sure thanks for sharing! Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2004
Banana bread is one of my favorite things to make so I was excited to try this recipe and I'm glad I did. I found it to be moist sweet and great flavor. The vanilla pudding added a cake like texture. I added two more bananas for extra taste and left out the nuts. Great bread recommend it to anyone. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/28/2010
First of all use a 9x5 pan. If you follow the recipe directions you'll be cleaning your oven like me. The pudding flavor overpowers the banana flavor. Read More
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