Moist and buttery banana nut bread that melts in your mouth
Bananas are my favorite fruit. I love eating them in my cereal or as a pre-workout snack. But my favorite way to eat them is in banana nut bread.
Our mom makes the BEST banana nut bread. She would make it all the time when Heather & I were growing up. Whenever she would make it, I would get a spoon and scoop out some of the dough and eat it raw. I could probably eat the whole bowl. It was just soooo good! I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who does that. And I always looked forward to licking the bowl and spoon afterward :).
What makes this recipe so popular is that it’s so easy to make. I’m pretty sure you have almost 100% of the ingredients in your pantry right now. And another thing that makes this recipe so great is you could use this recipe for muffins as well if you’re not much of a bread person. I had enough bananas left over to make these Banana Chocolate Chip muffins.
My mom’s banana bread is so perfectly moist inside and has just the right amount of walnuts. It’s got that great buttery taste and the bread just melts in your mouth. And you know what would complete this recipe? A nice cold glass of milk. Can’t eat banana nut bread without milk!
The secret to moist banana nut bread is to use ripe bananas. Always. Repeat after me: Always use ripe bananas when making banana nut bread. Ok, good. Using ripe bananas gives the bread that perfect moistness and buttery taste that we love. If you use unripe bananas, your bread isn’t going to be as moist. Who likes un-moist (is that a word?) bread? No one, that’s who. And it always makes for easier mashing 😉
Banana nut bread works great as a dessert, too! It’s definitely got enough sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth. And if that wasn’t enough, you can always add a slice of butter and warm it up in the microwave for a delicious hot slice of heaven. My dad does that all the time!
I know a lot of people buy a whole bunch of bananas, thinking they’re gonna eat them within the next few days (like me!) but those days go by and the bananas are still sitting there, getting a little browner each day. So, if you catch some ripe bananas in your kitchen, whip up a loaf of banana nut bread! Your family will thank you.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
- 2. Mix sugar, shortening, eggs, bananas and vanilla.
- 3. Add flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
- 4. Fold in walnuts.
- 5. Bake for 1 hour or until fork comes out clean.