Banana bread was something my mom made frequently. She loved to bake and cook and did up until she could no longer. She passed away this past April. I will never live up to her cooking skills. This recipe was in her personal collection and I am happy to share it. And it truly is the best banana bread! A printable recipe is located at the bottom of this post and you can pin it on Pinterest. 

Banana bread
Combine 1/2 cup of shortening and 1 cup sugar

Yes, I am using my pyrex mixing bowls. Received these as a wedding gift – 38 years ago. I have managed to not break them–I still have all three. 

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Add 2 eggs and 1/2 c. sour milk. I put 1 tsp of vinegar into regular milk to make sour milk.

I used my portable mixer for this batter.

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Add in 1 cup of mashed bananas. Make sure bananas are ripe because it really improves the taste.

Here’s a tip – I asked my mom how come her banana bread was always so moist. She said to add a little more bananas than what the recipe calls for.

Banana bread
Add in 2 cups flour, 1 tsp, baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt

You probably noticed I changed bowls. I tripled this recipe because I had quite a few bananas to use. I miscalculated how much mixture a triple recipe would make! 

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Complete banana bread mix – ready for baking
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Banana bread mix ready for the oven

Since I tripled the recipe, I had enough banana bread to make 8 loaves. You can also use the larger loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees. I baked these for 40 minutes but if you have the larger pan, bake for 1 hour. To make sure it’s done, insert a table knife in the middle of the loaf and it should come out clean. 


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Right out of the oven! 

When the banana bread comes out of the oven, I do put some butter on the top and let it melt in. Just a small amount.

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Oh so good!

And, yes, I am using my Pioneer Woman Plates.  I love anything Pioneer Woman!  Doesn’t it look good? Check out my other recipes. 

Homemade Banana Bread


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Combine sugar and shortening.
  • Add in beaten eggs and sour milk and mix. May need mixer
  • Add in mashed bananas and stir
  • Add in flour, baking soda and salt and stir.
  • Put in loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees. 1 hour for large loaf pan, 40 minutes for small load pans.
  • Remove from oven and let cool. These freeze well.





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