Banana Nut Bread

YUM! I love having extra very ripe bananas lying on the counter. I always mash them up and make this to die for banana nut bread! The recipe can be found in the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. If you hate nuts you can always substitute chocolate chips. I’m a chocolate lover at heart but decided to take the heather route this time.  I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!


1/3 cup shortening, butter or margarine {if you use margarine use less salt}
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed banana {2 very ripe bananas}
1/2 cup chopped nuts {walnuts or your favorite nut}


1. In a large mixer, cream together shortening {butter or margarine} and sugar

2. Once creamy add eggs to mixture and beat well

3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix together
4. In a separate bowl or glass measuring cup mash bananas
5. Add about a cup of the dry ingredients {flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt} to the shortening, sugar and egg mixture; beat well


6. Add about a half of cup of mashed bananas; beat well


7.  Alternate adding the rest of the dry ingredients and mashed bananas to the mixture and beat well
8. Once all the ingredients are combined stir in the nuts or chocolate chips

9. Pour into a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan {make sure it’s well-greased}

10. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 50 minutes {check the center of the bread with a toothpick to make sure it’s done}
11. Remove from pan, cool and enjoy!




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