Date: October 17, 2022
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Banana Nut Bread

Cooking my way through my Grandma's recipe box and next up is Banana Nut Bread. As best as I can tell, this recipe was shared, maybe originally in a newspaper or something of the sort, and shared with friends.

Maybe I am the only one, but I have lost count of the number of frozen bananas I have placed in the freezer with the full intention to make banana bread with them. As I was cleaning out said freezer, I realized that not only did I have one bunch of frozen bananas, but I had three! It was then I decided that I was making banana bread asap. Maybe it is just me, but there is a personal victory in the fact that I used bananas I had frozen with the intention of making bread.

Since it has been a while since I made one of the recipes from my grandma's recipe box I decided this was a perfect time to make one. As some might know, I am cooking my way through my grandma's recipe boxes, yes I said boxes. Some recipes are hers, but many, like this one, are shared by a Mennonite Community many years ago. With my family heritage, many of our recipes and influences on our cooking come from the Mennonite Community.

You will probably notice the white on the Banana Nut Bread, my friend's that is BUTTER! My mom used to ALWAYS rub butter on the top of her banana bread, it is tradition so I did as well!

As best as I can tell the recipe appears to have been submitted to a newspaper or recipe book and was then shared after being retyped on typing papering. According to the paper, this recipe is from Doris Unruh from Halstead, KS. When I read the first ingredient, shortening, it instantly brought a smile to my face. After all, there was always a tub of Crisco in my grandma's kitchen!

A couple of notes after making this recipe myself, I wish I would have used four bananas. I only added three and a half because I was worried four would have been too much, but we found it to be slightly dense. I think if I had added a little more banana this bread would have been perfect! The recipe also calls for nuts to be added and I am not a fan of nuts in any baked goods so those were omitted. A local shop here called the Fork In The Road sells, Bull and Steet Banana Bread, no surprise I chose steer! LOL

I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think and whether you chose to make your version, bull or steer!

Banana Nut Bread

This banana bread is a perfect option to use up all those bananas in your freezer! Full of flavor and absolutley delicious!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, bread, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 Loaf Pan
  • 1 Mixing Bowl


  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Bananas The recipe calls for 3-4 bananas, but unless your bananas are large I would use four!
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix Shortening and Sugar.
  • Add eggs and beat well.
  • Add bananas, flour, soda, salt, and nuts; mix well.
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake one hour at 350 degrees.


Keyword Banana, banana bread, bread, breakfast, nuts, snack
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