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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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 8x4-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.).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 133 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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s_pants User ID: 174050 265527
Reviewed May. 4, 2017

"I used extremely ripe bananas that I had frozen and then thawed and it was probably a little more than 1 cup. The loaves were a beautiful golden color and rose perfectly. However the mini muffins I made were dry. The mini loaves were given away and I hope they were not as dry! I am going to make it again into mini loaves and see how they turn out."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 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 User ID: 1393337 246698
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

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

fabianrene33 User ID: 8759367 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 User ID: 7347278 229766
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

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

Very good & moist."

ryansaunt12 User ID: 6211169 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 User ID: 7779446 220941
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"easy and tastes great!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 216461
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"Very basic recipe but very good."

mollysmom1026 User ID: 7394765 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 User ID: 6669272 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 User ID: 7097269 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 :)"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 24392
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"I had to have done something wrong. Mine was a little dry. But my banana bread always turns out dry and I always follow the recipe exact. Maybe I'm over baking? But the toothpick doesn't come out clean when i check it at the time given. I'm definitely doing something wrong."

123caroldeon User ID: 7109981 15880
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"Very dry."

tigerzeschy User ID: 4257444 48875
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"Awesome! They want me to make more. It was super easy to make and absolutely delicious!"

DiHewitt User ID: 6740051 77665
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

"Seemed to lack flavor. I might consider using butter instead of shortening next time."

Ldkelly User ID: 5655236 48919
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"I get requests for this banana bread every year. I like to add either dried golden raisins or diced dried apricots. Its adds another fruit dimension to the banana...."

JTayFil User ID: 6198875 48874
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"Wonderful taste and texture. Not heavy and dense like some banana breads. I did not have an 8X4 loaf pan, so I made 12 muffins and baked them for 25 minutes. I liked the fact that they came out nice and golden yellow, not brown. I will have to get the right size loaf pan for this recipe alone! Can't wait to make it again."

karenrusch User ID: 3366033 44294
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012

"Will definitely make this again."

rosemarion User ID: 5231390 202382
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"Excellent! I only had one banana so I finely chopped an apple, added 1 tsp Almond extract, and 1/3 cup Almond milk. Very moist! My husband loves it! Will definitely will make it again."

GaitherMom User ID: 6038554 19646
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"This recipe is great! My husband ate almost the whole loaf before he went to work! Maybe next time I will try to put my own spin on it, but there is really no need. It is a fantastic recipe!"

barrowsan User ID: 5601501 21696
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"Made this cake and as soon as it came out of the over it was finished. This recipe will be my favorite for years to come because I will be using it over and over."

pjpauls User ID: 6449423 15879
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"This is such an easy recipe and SO good! Very moist and tasty. I have made it following the recipe exactly and also subbin 1/2 cup of butter for shortening and adding 1/2 tsp vanilla. Both are equally good."

pearlsugar User ID: 6532967 15877
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"Yum, this recipe is lovely. I made it on the weekend, but made a minor adjustment because I had a lot of bananas that were way past their prime. I microwaved 5 bananas with plastic wrap for about 5 minutes, and then poured off the juice into a sauce pan and cooked it down until it reduced to a 1/4 cup of "banana juice" and added it back into the softened bananas. Warning don't try this unless you really love the flavor of banana (which I do)!"

yankeesfan42 User ID: 6132958 24391
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"Delicious! I added walnuts and chocolate chips."

princesssamantha User ID: 6452900 47963
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"This recipe should be rated a 5 star. It was the only banana bread recipe in my very old Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book."

judyfran User ID: 161769 20780
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"jabe1946 Many of us seldom prepare a recipe as written as we are creative and like to try something different. I very often look through related recipes and create something using something from many of them. It's just the "nature of the beast""

revjoannrom828 User ID: 2607533 23470
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"This banana bread is a big hit with my family. To make it lighter I used light margarine and 4 egg whites in place of the whole eggs and then added 1 tsp vanilla and my son loves choc chips so I added 1/2 cup of minis and sprinkled the top with brown sugar for a crunchy top & cinnamon and more choc chips....boy it was great!"

Coolchikaboom User ID: 6177254 24386
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Moist and soft. Very tasty. I added 1 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. I used parchment paper in my pan. Lift to rack, cool and serve!"

puppypal81 User ID: 3831579 24385
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011


Ldkelly User ID: 5655236 44289
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"I get requests every year for this bread. I also like to add either white raisins or chopped dried apricots to the bread for that extra fruity flavor. Usually just a 1/2 cup is plenty."

mariekelly User ID: 1260901 24384
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"Used 1/2 c butter instead of shortening, aded some vanilla, and because the batter turned out really thick and tough i added a little milk. came out nice"

jabe1946 User ID: 3162754 77664
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"I didn't try the recipe. I am always amazed at how people tell how good they like the recipe, but have changed it some small way or in some cases large ways. If you liked it

so well, why did you change it? Just curious!"

wendylou3 User ID: 1991622 20152
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This bread was very easy to make. I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla and when I greased the pan I "floured" it with sugar. The bread was very moist and tasty!"

ndwd User ID: 2012428 20777
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"I also have been making this recipe for years. I add vanilla too. It is really versitile. I add pecans, or blueberries and bit of lemon zest, sometimes chocolate chips and walnuts. I make mini loaves and freeze them. When my kids need something for a bake sale they are ready to go"

mkj1965 User ID: 799014 77619
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I would add vanilla the next time I make it and maybe cinnamon. Was very moist... I used butter (not shortening)."

housebunny715 User ID: 4567181 48917
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"This bread is delicious. So soft and easy to make. Even the crust is soft!"

azneongirl User ID: 1085196 46570
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"Am putting my second batch in the oven today. easy and yummy, my family approves!"

Danon User ID: 4194665 23399
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2009

"I have made this recipe for years. It is one of my favorites. I put it in a plastic container with a lid right out of the oven and let it cool. It is sooo moist this way. Even the crust it soft."

Katylady1970 User ID: 3573142 44288
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"This was easy and I even made some simple changes to make 6 mini loaves. I used 3 banana instead of 1 c. I divided my mixture. One of the mixtures; I added chopped peacans, and chocolate chips. The other I left alone as is. Near end of baking time I drizzled honey over the top of it and let it bake 5 mins. My cooking time was cut in half due to the mini loaves and I even lowered the cooking temp. to 325 degrees. My family were eating it right out of the oven and well I rated this recipe 5 stars. Now I have to make more gifts because they ate it all gone. Thank you for sharing.


[email protected] User ID: 3102613 48916
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2008

"Very easy with ingredients on hand but turns out way too dry for my families taste."

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