Mom's Banana Bread or Muffins

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 22 mins

Old fashioned banana bread, excellent use of your over-ripe bananas! Same recipe makes either a loaf or 12 muffins. Walnuts are optional, we usually don't add them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Either grease and flour a 9" X 5" loaf pan or place 12 cupcake papers in a muffin pan.
  2. Cream sugar and shortening, beat in eggs then bananas.
  3. Combine baking soda with milk, stir into creamed mixture.
  4. Sift flour with salt and spices; add a little at a time to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  5. Stir in nuts; pour into prepared pan.
  6. For muffins, bake for 22 minutes at 350 degrees, or until knife in center comes out clean.
  7. For loaf, bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees, then cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake for 25 additional minutes or until knife in center comes out clean.
Most Helpful

Wonderful banana bread! What made this great for me is the spices in it, different from the banana bread recipes I've made before. I baked mine in mini-loaf pans, for about 45 minutes, and got 4 small loaves. Moist and flavorful - thanks for sharing the recipe!

loof October 30, 2010

The spices give a great taste to these banana muffins. I omitted the nuts so I can send some muffins to my son at school. I used only 1/2 cup of sugar which was perfect. Thanks laurenpie :) Made for PAC Spring 2013

Boomette March 26, 2013

Great banana bread. I really loved the spices. The bread was nice and moist with a crispier crust. I might try it with butter instead of the shortening to see if it would still work well. Thank you! Made for I Recommend tag in the Cooking Tag Game forum

LifeIsGood September 11, 2012