Best of Kansas Banana-Walnut Bread

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Lisa1

I clipped this from a magazine several years ago. It was from an article featuring award-winning recipes. This bread was a Kansas State Fair winner twice.

Top Review by CookofLove

Perfect! I tried substituting 1/4 c of applesauce for the shortening and 1/4 c wheat germ and 1/2 c oats for 3/4 c of the flour and it was still good and it was ready a bit sooner! I would start checking it after about 40 min next time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a 9"x5"x3" loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt onto waxed paper.
  4. Beat together sugar, shortening and vanilla at moderate mixer speed for about 5 minuts until light and fluffy.
  5. With mixer running, beat in eggs, then bananas.
  6. By hand, stir in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, mixing after each addition only enough to moisten dry ingredients. (Add ry ingrredients in thirds, buttermilk in two additions).
  7. Stir in walnuts or pecans.
  8. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading well to corners.
  9. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until loaf is richly browned, begins to pull away from sides of pan and is springy to the touch.
  10. Cool bread in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen loaf around edge with small thin metal spatula. Invert; turn right side up.
  11. Cool completely.

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