Easy Banana Bread Recipe
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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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I watch several youngsters each day while their parents are at work. They come running when I announce it's time to cook. This bread is one of their favorite treats to help bake and eat.—Sharon Ward, King Ferry, New York
Featured In: Banana Bread A to Z
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 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 ripe bananas

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 133 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas, beating well after each addition. Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before removing from pan; cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices.).
Originally published as Easy Banana Bread in Taste of Home October/November 1997, p14

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Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 251821
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"A good banana bread. I used butter instead of shortening. If I make it again, I will increase the amount of bananas."

apschwartz User ID: 1393337 246698
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"As the name indicates, it's easy...and very delicious!! Substituted butter for the shortening."

fabianrene33 User ID: 8759367 243106
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"I love it. It was my first time making banana bread and I hit the jackpot. Its not all thick and heavy like others I have eaten. Fool proof recipe."

Bakerjulie User ID: 7347278 229766
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"Love this recipe. I added a little more sugar & 2 cups of bananas.

Very good & moist."

ryansaunt12 User ID: 6211169 227106
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"The consistency is great! I did not change anything, but I did add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. We loved it"

marissacomiskey User ID: 7779446 220941
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Easy and tastes great!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 216461
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"Very basic recipe but very good."

mollysmom1026 User ID: 7394765 50695
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"I read all of the reviews and several of them said that the bread was a bit dry. So since the recipe calls for 1/3 cup of shortening, and the shortening blocks come in one cup sticks, I decided to make 3 loafs. The first one I made exactly as the directions said. It came out rather dry. The second loaf I added one egg to (3 eggs instead of 2). That loaf came out a bit moister. But the most moist of all 3 was the last loaf. I used 2 eggs BUT used bananas that were a bit more mushy than the others. I used 3 bananas that were not firm and really ripe. It tasted wonderful. So, yes, I agree with others that this recipe as is, is rather dry. But adding something to give it a bit more moisture helps. Next time, I will probably add a bit more of the bananas because we like more banana flavor."

CupcakeML User ID: 6669272 50691
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"This became an instant family favorite! We really love the taste of bananas so I used 2 cups of banana, rather than 1. I also used a stick of butter rather than shortening, and added a tsp of vanilla."

pookykaighen User ID: 7097269 20169
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"love this recipe! My family loved this as part of our Thanksgiving dinner. But i substituted butter instead of shortening :)"

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