Monday, November 12, 2012

Mama's Banana Bread

Making this recipe always brings back memories of my mom baking banana bread or banana muffins when we were kids.  She always used the same recipe and I think it is the only banana bread recipe I've ever made.  It has been in the family for at least 40 years and I have no idea where it originated.

One of the things I like about this recipe is that unlike most quick breads, you beat this one with a mixer rather than just mixing until the ingredients are incorporated.

I have taken the recipe and made it vegan.  It took a little trial and error, but seems to work well with the following ingredients.


(Most of the ingredients)


1/3 Cup Vegan Shortening
1/2 Cup Sugar
1-3/4 Cup Flour (I used half whole wheat half white)
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
4 Bananas, peeled and mashed
Optional Add Ins:
1/2 Cup Walnuts, chopped
3/4 Cup Vegan Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

(Ready for the baking pan)

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

1.  In electric mixer bowl cream shortening and sugar.  Add mashed bananas and mix well.

2.  Mix dry ingredients (not add ins) in separate bowl.  Add dry ingredients to wet and beat well.  Mixture will be fairly thick.

3.  Add walnuts and/or chocolate chips.  I used both for this batch.

4.  Pour/scoop into greased 9 inch loaf pan.  Spread into corners. Bake at 350˚F for 55 minutes or until done.  You may want to check it at 50 minutes with a toothpick to see if it is baked in the center.

Remove from oven, let rest a few minutes then remove from pan and enjoy.  Let cool before slicing or it will be slightly crumbly - like in my first photo.  I was a little impatient.

**  I have been known to add a sprinkle of cinnamon into the dry ingredients as well as one teaspoon of vanilla into the wet for extra flavor depending on my mood.  Both work well in this recipe.

***To make muffins bake for 20-25 minutes depending on size of muffin tins.  If you are using mini muffin tins 12-15 minutes might be better.

Enjoy.  This recipe will make the whole house smell yummy.

- Au Revoir

"  Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana." - Groucho Marx


  1. That looks tummy-lious!! I wish I could reach through the screen and grab a slice!

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by Pam.

      The recipe is really good. I know you aren't vegan, so to make the standard recipe use 2 eggs and 1 cup mashed bananas. That is the original from me mom.

  2. Trobairitz:

    When I try this recipe, tell Troubadour that this time, I'm sticking to the plan and using the proven recipe from an accomplished baker, and not some stupid recipe I found on a package label

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    1. Now you're just teasing Bob.

      It's banana bread so remember, it is supposed to be a little on the heavy side. :-)