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Mini Banana Nut Bread

 Mini Banana Nut Bread
“This recipe won several blue ribbons at our county and Nebraska State Fairs,” writes Anna Marie Moore from Aurora, Nebraska. “It’s especially wonderful with black walnuts.” TIP: Since this bread freezes so well, why not double the recipe and keep a loaf on hand for guests or a quick gift?
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture
  • alternately with banana. Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer to a 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pan coated with cooking
  • spray. Bake at 325° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick
  • inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before
  • removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 8
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 303 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 169 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.