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
Recommended: Banana Bread A to Z
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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GerAmerFoodie User ID: 6871208 244238
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

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

copperftg User ID: 7309516 242920
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!"

demccoy User ID: 4553404 242116
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!"

Emilienne User ID: 8430419 237464
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

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

debpenns User ID: 5553562 235176
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

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

KittensSC User ID: 8546501 233233
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"Made a loaf this weekend! My littles, husband, and house guests absolutely loved it!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 228788
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"I recall preparing this recipe when it was first featured in Taste of Home. I made adjustments to the recipe with the following ingredients: 1/8 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. I used 1 tsp. salt for this recipe. I adjusted the amount of vanilla extract to 1 tsp. for more flavor. I greased and floured my loaf pans used and used a 325o F. oven. I got 1 to 2 loaves on the 8-1/2x4-1/2" loaf pans and 2 to 3 loaves on the 7-1/2 x 3-1/2" loaf pans. I'd baked my breads 45 to 50 minutes with the 7" loaves and 50 to 55 minutes at least on the 8" loaves-I used my trusty cake tester to determine when loaves were done-cake tester should come out clean when inserted near center! delowenstein"

PenelopeWin User ID: 5924001 223595
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"This banana bread was so delicious. I must use gluten free flour so I was looking for a recipe that was a little lighter. It came out consistency of a regular banana bread so it worked. It tasted great. I will make this again. The recipe states to cook until a toothpick comes out clean. I cooked it 10 minuets extra and the toothpick never came out clean. I would recommend that you cook it no longer than recommended even if it does not pass the toothpick test. Even though mine was over cooked it still tasted great!"

123caroldeon User ID: 7109981 220940
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Very dry, disappointing"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 215531
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I really loved this bread. I left out the walnuts and I used three bananas in it. I think it turned out moist and delicious!"

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