Banana Nut Bread

We celebrated this past weekend with some of our favorites!
Our newest grandson, Samuel Eric, was given a name and a blessing by his father yesterday.
Baby Sam was surrounded by many who love him and was thought of by more who couldn’t join us, and they were missed.
Uncles, aunts, and cousins, (more than I can show here), had such fun together…at a big water park and floating the river, Friday and Saturday. Sunday we attended church together and then shared a lovely meal.
This is my favorite picture of the day. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen this darling mom in the hospital on bed rest. After 8 challenging weeks in bed, she delivered this little guy. Here she is on this special day, with her new bundle of joy. Her happiness radiates from within. She is such a wonderful mom and makes our son so happy. I can say that about each of my children. They married the best for sure. I’m so thankful for that and for this new little guy. He looks a lot like his dad did at this age!
Knowing that our family is crazy for Banana Nut Bread, and always having bunches of over ripe bananas to use, I whipped up a batch for our fun days together.
These bananas did a little traveling and look worse for wear, but they are perfect inside! Buttermilk is also a big player, making the bread tender with a little tang…
Cream shortening and sugar. Add mashed bananas, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
TIP: I always toast the nuts prior to using them in anything. Love the fabulous toasty taste and texture it adds….
Add flour and baking soda to the batter and mix well. Add toasted nuts and pour in two loaf pans. I like the 8 ” best. Here I used 9″ and the loaves are not as pretty…I’m out of my kitchen sorry! Bake in a 350 oven for 50 to 60 minutes, depending on the oven and pan size…all ovens are a little different.

This bread is a little too done on the edges, but let it cool, and you will find the inside just perfect

if I do say so myself 😀 Spread with a little sweet cream butter…yum!

Banana Nut Bread

  • 1/2 cup Crisco shortening (love the handy sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 4 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups nuts, chopped and toasted, (almonds, walnuts or pecans)

Cream the shortening and sugar well. Add the ripe, mashed bananas. Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Mix the flour and soda together. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Mix well. Stir in toasted, chopped nuts. Pour into 2- 9″ loaf pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 375 degrees for about 55 minutes or until done in the center. Makes 2 banana-fana loaves you’ll be nuts about! Enjoy one today and freeze the other, or share with a friend or family, always the best!

Thanks all for joining us!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Julie Harward

    I love banana YUM! What a beautiful DIL and the baby looks like he has red hair like his mommie..very cool! Looks like you all had so much fun together, I love these kinds of family times, they are the best! 😀

  2. Bonnie

    Precious, Precious, Precious! Happy Times.

    Banana bread looks yummy. Thanks.

  3. Carol at Serendipity

    Beautiful pictures – especially mom and the baby!

    Have a great week.


  4. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Looks like you had a beautiful day! I just made banana bread on Saturday myself, used pecans-yummy!

  5. Debbie

    What a beautiful family!!! I love these pictures and the “family” radiates throughout them. How very blessed little Sam is to come in to a world like that.

    And that banana bread looks delicious too. I never toast my nuts for breads, but I do for salads. I will toast mine next time. You have yet to steer me wrong.

  6. Julie

    What a beautiful family! Such special times!! Love banana bread, this recipe sounds delicious!
    I made your Snickers Bars this weekend. YUM!! I will be posting sometime in the next few weeks. Thanks for a great recipe.

  7. Melinda

    She does look absolutely radiant – and that baby is precious! What a blessed weekend you shared!

  8. Joe Ambrosino

    Hi Gnee,

    You have a lovely family and I will try that recipe. I love banana bread.

  9. Brenda

    Beautiful pictures.

    Great looking banana nut bread.

  10. Whimsical Creations

    Beautiful shots of your lovely family. What a precious baby.

    Looks like a delicious recipe for banana bread. YUM.

  11. even-star

    Not a big fan of banana bread or banana flavoured things in general. Except for really green bananas. But your banana bread looks so nutty and crunchy I might try it with some over ripe ones I have hanging around. Better than wasting them!

  12. shopannies

    the bread recipe sounds great so glad you were able to visit with special loved ones that is always a joyous time

  13. ButterYum

    Aw…. so very sweet!!! Congratulations to you all!!!


  14. Jerri

    What a sweet baby! Love the banana bread too!

    Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!


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