My family lives for banana bread, and they all say this recipe is heaven!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 loaves
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease 2 - 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a medium bowl, mash bananas and stir in the eggs until well blended. Set aside.

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  • In large bowl, beat shortening and gradually add sugar. Stir in vanilla and banana mixture. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; blend into batter. Add walnuts if desired. Divide between the prepared pans.

  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

258 calories; protein 3.2g 6% DV; carbohydrates 40.5g 13% DV; fat 9.6g 15% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 214.1mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2004
Wonderful!!! I took the advise of other reviews and did 1cup white sugar and 1cup Brown sugar. I also used an electric mixer. The batter was so creamy, I ate alot of it raw(yummmm). I did have to cook it for an extra 15 minutes to get it done. I also toasted my pecans in a pan with butter flavored Pam before I put them in the batter. I sprayed both pans with Butter flavored Pam then sprinkled cinnamon and brown sugar(mixed) in the bottom of each pan added the batter then sprinkled the top of each with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Both came out of the pan clean and the top was sooooo good. I got this idea from another review as well. I looked at every recipe on this site before I decided on this one. I only found two reviews that were negative for this recipe and I have decided the cook must have done something wrong or their oven was not working properly. I am very pleased and will make this often! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/16/2010
I thought I would try a different Banana Bread from the one that I usually bake. I choose this one because of so many positive reviews. I was very disappointed the bread was just o.k. for me. Very little banana flavour considering you use 5 bananas. I don't think I would make this again. Read More
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726 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 596
  • 4 star values: 81
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2004
Wonderful!!! I took the advise of other reviews and did 1cup white sugar and 1cup Brown sugar. I also used an electric mixer. The batter was so creamy, I ate alot of it raw(yummmm). I did have to cook it for an extra 15 minutes to get it done. I also toasted my pecans in a pan with butter flavored Pam before I put them in the batter. I sprayed both pans with Butter flavored Pam then sprinkled cinnamon and brown sugar(mixed) in the bottom of each pan added the batter then sprinkled the top of each with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Both came out of the pan clean and the top was sooooo good. I got this idea from another review as well. I looked at every recipe on this site before I decided on this one. I only found two reviews that were negative for this recipe and I have decided the cook must have done something wrong or their oven was not working properly. I am very pleased and will make this often! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I have a reputation at work as being our best baker, but I didn't have a banana bread recipe I was confident to share...until now! I made this for the first time tonight with a few substitutions: half shortening/half applesauce; removed 1 c. of the sugar; added 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. It turned out perfectly moist and delicious. NOW I have to decide IF I'm even going to take one of the loaves to work! Thanks, Teri Lynn for a classic recipe to add to my recipe box! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2004
This is THE BEST banana bread! I recently made it with SPLENDA sugar substitute and added 1 tsp extra baking soda and 2 tbl molasses. It turned out much lighter (in weight of course) and was more cake-like in texture. I was also pleasantly surprised with the taste. Good for us diabetics. Thanks for this versatile recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2004
My husband is very picky when it comes to banana bread. I have tried about 5 different recipes now to find the one "like his mom used to make." My search is finally over. We both love this banana bread. It is moist and just fanatastic. I made one loaf with chopped pecans (I didn't have any walnuts on hand) and the other loaf plain. I am not sure which loaf we liked best. I always dread getting the end pieces too, but the entire loaf was wonderful. Absolutely perfect!! I wouldn't change a thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
I used this recipe for muffins - bake 23 minutes. To quote my husband, "These are the best muffins I've ever had." I halved the recipe, used 3 bananas, which yielded almost 2 dozen muffins. I added 1/2 cup chocolate chips to half the batch for the choco-holics in the family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2004
This recipe is awesome very cheap too. I made 40 loaves for Christmas gifts wrapped them in nice kitchen towels with color matching lace all that for less than a dollar per gift. Wonderful moist and flavorful. I added chocolate chips and left tiny pieces of banana "unmashed" for a different touch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2004
If I could give this recipe six stars I would!! Very moist and tasty. I did cut back on sugar by a half cup. My old recipe was dry This one is definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2003
Well with all the high ratings you know this is a keeper. The bread was so rich and moist! I didn't have 5 ripe bananas-only 4. I also didn't add nuts. It's awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
Easy good recipe. Very good banana flavor. The best banana bread recipe I have found so far. It makes a double batch so you can either cut it in half or freeze one loaf it freezes very well. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/16/2010
I thought I would try a different Banana Bread from the one that I usually bake. I choose this one because of so many positive reviews. I was very disappointed the bread was just o.k. for me. Very little banana flavour considering you use 5 bananas. I don't think I would make this again. Read More
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