Walnut Banana Bread Recipe
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Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I bake 200 loaves of bread.—Douglas Jennings, Ottawa, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 207 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and milk. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.
Originally published as Walnut Banana Bread in Taste of Home February/March 2001, p53

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"The same recipe my Mom used in the 50's. Basic and delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"This is my "GO TO" banana bread recipe. I double and freeze one. Estimating a dozen times I've made this. Excellent every time!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"I have made this twice now. The first time I followed the recipe exactly as written. The second time I added a teaspoon of vanilla. Great recipe and everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"My family loves this bread. Easy to make and great flavor."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"I made this for the family! they loved it!!"

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