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Holiday Banana Bread Recipe

This dark and moist banana bread is a famous family recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, banana bread recipe, banana recipe, holiday bread, holiday bread recipe, holiday recipe, ripe banana recipe, sweet bread recipe
Servings: 10


  • electric mixer


  • 1 cup shortening like Crisco
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4-6 bananas very ripe
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans chopped (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream shortening and sugar together with electric mixer (until light and fluffy).
  • Mash bananas with a fork and mix into shortening and sugar mixture.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Sift flour, salt and baking soda together and add to banana mixture.
  • Add vanilla and pecans.
  • Pour into sprayed or greased bundt pan or two 9x5x2 loaf pans, and bake for 45 minutes or until done (toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.)
  • Cool 20 minutes and turn onto a plate.


  1. The bananas should be very ripe with brown splotches covering much of the yellow peel. Once they have moved into the stage where the entire peel is black and they are starting to liquefy, it is too late for those babies. As for the amount, use 6 bananas if they are small or if they are very large, you can use 4 or 5.
  2. You can honestly make this bread with whole wheat or white flour but using whole wheat flour, in my opinion, is what makes this recipe so special.
  3. Pecans totally optional - I don't typically add them.