Aunt Minnie’s Banana Bread

This is my Great-Aunt’s Recipe.  It’s easy and delicious:

BANANA BREAD

  • 5 large bananas, mashed
  • 4 eggs, well-beaten
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups white flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)

Cream together sugar and shortening; add eggs and bananas.  Sift together flour, salt and soda; add to banana mixture.  Mix well.  Add walnuts if desired and pour into 2 well-greased bread tins.  Bake 250 degrees for 90 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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I’ve made a few changes to suit our family:

First of all, I omit the walnuts since none of us love nuts in sweet bread.

Second, I make banana muffins instead of banana bread because they are easier for the kids to grab for a snack or pack in a school lunch.  They also bake up in 15-20 minutes instead of an hour and a half.  Simply grease muffin tins (or use cupcake liners) and fill 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until clean toothpick.

Third, I occasionally add chocolate chips to the last half of the batter.  Some in our family don’t care for the chocolate, so I just add the chips after I’ve already made a bunch of muffins sans chocolate chips.

Finally, if I am in ultra-healthy mode, I make the recipe as follows:

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{HEALTHIER} BANANA BREAD

  • 5 large bananas, mashed
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups white flour, sifted
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Follow the same directions as Original Banana Bread recipe above.  This recipe reduces fat (from shortening) by 50%, sugar by 25%, salt by 25% and adds some whole wheat goodness.

These freeze well, so if I have a bunch of dead bananas, I make a batch or two and throw them in the freezer in a Ziploc bag.  Just 20 seconds in the microwave for a homemade snack!

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