The Best Banana Bread Ever

  • Author: Fork in the Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 (1 slice) 1x


This timeless banana bread recipe is the only one you’ll ever need. It’s incredibly moist, has the perfect amount of banana, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (approximately 23 bananas)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Optional: walnuts for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease loaf pan well.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  3. Cream the shortening in a separate bowl. Add the sugar gradually and continue beating until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs to shortening mixture and beat well until mixture looks creamy.
  5. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of flour mixture, beat together.
  6. Add a small amount of mashed bananas and beat together.
  7. Continue alternating between adding a small amount mashed bananas and flour; beat after each addition until smooth. Continue until all ingredients are mixed.
  8. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg.
  9. Pour in loaf pan. Optional: top with walnuts.
  10. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until center is cooked through (you can test with a toothpick). I start checking after 40-45 minutes, because you absolutely do not want to overcook the bread!
  11. Let sit in pan for 5-10 minutes. Remove and let cool on cooling rack until cool enough to cut (I love to eat it warm still, so I can only wait about 15 min. max before cutting into it).

  • Category: Breakfast
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