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
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 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 246698
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

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

fabianrene33 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 229766
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

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

Very good & moist."

ryansaunt12 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 220941
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Easy and tastes great!"

pajamaangel 216461
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"Very basic recipe but very good."

mollysmom1026 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 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 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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