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Southern Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Southern Banana Nut Bread Recipe

One day I had two ripe bananas and decided to make banana bread. I found this recipe in an old church recipe book. It really is good with pecans in the bread and in the topping, which makes it unique.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:32 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Additional chopped pecans


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Blend in bananas and vanilla. Add flour alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in pecans.
  • 2. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack; cool completely.
  • 3. For topping, combine the banana, confectioners' sugar and lemon juice; spread over loaves. Sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 2 loaves.
Editor's Note: As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 141 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein

Reviews for Southern Banana Nut Bread

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2015

"Excellent banana bread recipe. Raises nicely. The light glaze adds a touch of sweetness that is very pleasant. This is my go-to recipe for banana bread."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"With the exception of using Stevia in the place of sugar, I made this as written. My family loved it. I took the 2nd loaf to a sick friend and her family loved it. Banana bread is usually not one of my favs but even I liked it. It will definitely be a keeper in my recipe box."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I see why this was an award winner. It is excellent. I will make this recipe from now on. Thank you for sharing."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Absolutely delicious! I need to give away the second loaf or I will get fat. I used walnuts as I had no pecans and it was amazing."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"Wonderful banana bread that will be my go-to recipe from now on. I made these in four smaller loaf pans and they baked to perfection in 35 minutes. I'm crazy about the icing as was my family. I also like that this bread is not heavy/dense. I usually use walnuts in banana bread so the additiion of pecans was a pleasant surprise. Note: If using the substitution for cake flour, I suggest sifting the flour with the baking powder and salt so everything is distributed more evenly. I believe you'll get a better rise out of your bread if you do this (personal experience). This will be a perfect gift-giving bread because it's so pretty with the icing sprinkled with pecans."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"The best ever!!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"Great bread! I used a combination of butter and coconut oil instead of the shortening, used walnuts since I was out of pecans, and omitted the icing on top. I will definitely be coming back to this recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Very moist with a wonderful crust and nutty flavor!!"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Taste Great!!! Very easy to make and I loved the topping!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"This is a marvelous recipe. The banana nut bread tastes like the one my Grandma made. I make this and give it to friends. They love it."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"This is awesome!! It is really light and moist, I don't like dense bread. Just make sure after adding the eggs to beat VERY well, and it will turn out light"

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"THis has such an awesome flavor, I just need to know how to alter it for high altitude cooking, cause mine turned out fairly flat."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2008


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