This is the best banana nut bread I have ever made! So full of flavor. I double the recipe and give it as gifts. Everyone seems to appreciate it.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9x5 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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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the banana and vanilla.

  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and nuts. Pour into prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

255 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 31.8g 10% DV; fat 13g 20% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 161.8mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2003
Hello! I was looking for a good banana nut bread recipe to make to give as Christmas gifts along with a Yankee Banana Nut Bread candle. This recipe is fantastic. The bread is wonderful and is very attractive to wrap in cellophane and give in a gift bag. I tweeked the recipe a little, at the suggestion of some other readers. I used 1 1/2 cup of RIPE bananas. I also added 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the batter. As a finishing touch, I mixed a tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of sugar and about 1/4 cup of oatmeal flakes and then sprinkled them on the top. It is delicious and moist! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/29/2011
I'm only giving this 3 stars because I followed the recipe and it turned out very dry. However the taste was still delicious. I will try it again using more bananas and perhaps cutting down on the flour a bit. Read More
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326 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 243
  • 4 star values: 66
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2003
Hello! I was looking for a good banana nut bread recipe to make to give as Christmas gifts along with a Yankee Banana Nut Bread candle. This recipe is fantastic. The bread is wonderful and is very attractive to wrap in cellophane and give in a gift bag. I tweeked the recipe a little, at the suggestion of some other readers. I used 1 1/2 cup of RIPE bananas. I also added 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the batter. As a finishing touch, I mixed a tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of sugar and about 1/4 cup of oatmeal flakes and then sprinkled them on the top. It is delicious and moist! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2003
Really good classic banana nut bread taste. Use lots of extra banana especially if you are generous with the nuts - they seem to cut a little of the banana-ness from the flavor (I doubled the recipe and poured the first loaf without nuts before adding them to the batter for the second loaf. The no-nut version although the very same batter was much more banana-ier!). I also followed the suggestion of an earlier reviewer and sprinkled the batter with extra oatmeal before baking - what a pretty touch! We will definitely use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2008
I had some left-over banana's from Christmas and wanted to try a new recipe. My old recipe turned out a dense, drier type of loaf that usually ended up too brown and too crumbly. I surfed onto this recipe and gave it a shot. WOW! This is an awesome bread! I love the texture as well as the taste. The addition of the oats is a big plus too. I added a bit (1/4 tsp.) of cinnamon to my batter, and topped it with a brown sugar/oats/cinnamon struesel type of topping. It turned out great, and I am making another loaf in the morning! I would highly recommend this recipe to anyone. It is quick, easy, and sensational. Thanks for the recipe and God bless! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2003
great recipe! I used fat-free vanilla yogurt for half the shortening and it turned out fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2008
Very good! I lowered it a star because there were no spices. I added 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp cloves. I also substituted butter for the shortening. I believe I used 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar too. I used 4 brown/black bananas which were more than the 1 cup banana called for. I added twice the nuts (a full 1 cup). I took the suggestion of some and turned the oven down to 325*F. I made muffins and after 23 minutes they were perfect! I also used the topping another reviewer suggested: 1/8 cup oats, 1 tbsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon. They were soo pretty with the oats on top! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2003
Very good banana nut bread with the added twist of oatmeal. I think I baked it too long this time because it turned out a bit dry but moistness actually improved as bread sat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2003
I made this last week for my church group served it with honey butter and there wasn't a crumb left! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
I thought this turned out great! The oats give it a great texture and fullness. I had to cook it a bit longer to get through all the way to the middle but it was tasty when all was said and done. I will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2003
This recipe was so easy to make and it was so YUMMY!!!!! It doesn't last a day at my house. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/29/2011
I'm only giving this 3 stars because I followed the recipe and it turned out very dry. However the taste was still delicious. I will try it again using more bananas and perhaps cutting down on the flour a bit. Read More
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