Old Fashioned Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Banana Nut Bread framed

Tis the season for baking so I’m posting my mom’s Banana Nut Bread recipe. Nothing new, nothing special, just a reliable, moist and old-fashioned quick bread using good old Crisco. This recipe uses the creaming method where the shortening, sugar and eggs are creamed together before the bananas and dry ingredients are added. Creaming adds air, and affects the volume and texture of the bread. And no, I’ve not become an overnight baking expert, I Googled it.

This recipe has been in our family for a very long time. Banana Nut Bread made a regular year-round appearance when I was growing up. Served with butter most of the time, then sometime in the 70’s, my mom came up with the idea of spreading room temperature cream cheese over a  warm slice.

However you slice it and serve it, it’s my favorite.

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Banana Nut Bread
Recipe type: Bread
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup banana -- mashed
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 wholes eggs
  • ¾ cup pecans -- chopped
  1. Sift flour, soda and salt together. Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs and beat until fluffy. Add dry ingredients and mashed banannas and buttermilk. Add ¾ cup nuts. Turn into greased loaf pan. Bake 350 degrees 60 minutes.

Old Fashioned Banana Nut Bread…It’s What’s for Baking.

From The Kitchen Of Lea Ann Brown

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  1. says

    I love banana nut bread especially when made with black walnuts, like Bev’s mom did. Her dad would spend hours cracking those pesky things and digging out the nut meat.

    • Lea Ann says

      I would imagine the reward of that banana bread made it worth the tedious task of cracking those walnuts. I love family food memories like this.

  2. says

    Aaaaaaahhh… just like the banana bread recipe in my family.. I love this!! Simple and perfect…. and I am so going to try the cream cheese spread idea next time I make it… that sounds decadent and wonderful!

  3. says

    I most always have a few mini loaves of banana bread in my freezer. It’s a perennial favorite of ours. I have a tried and true recipe that we love but yours sounds well worth trying. It looks delicious! I also love your mother’s idea of cream cheese on it! That’s something I’ve never tried but certainly will now.

  4. says

    Your photo captured the soft crust of banana bread perfectly. I can almost taste it. I will add this to my cookbook as the “go to” recipe – thanks! (of course I’m drooling over the vintage silver – it’s a total weakness) :)

  5. says

    One of my boys’ favorites! I hate the stuff but the rest of the family LOVES it. The hardest part is getting bananas to last long enough in our house to get ripe, the boys devour them before they get ripe.

    • Lea Ann says

      I always have good intentions with bananas but always seem to have a few that end up getting too ripe. I think you’re the first person I know that doesn’t like banana nut bread.


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