Simply the Best Above All the Rest Banana Bread

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

My mother used to make this banana bread for us often. I have fond memories of waking up in the morning to smelling mom's homemade banana bread baking in the oven on a cold rainy day...AHHHH!!! She would cut off a big slice and place it on a napkin and off to school I went with a WARM piece of mom's LOVING homemade Banana Bread! I seached here to see if anyone else had the same recipe and I noticed that my mom's recipe has one ingredient different from everyone elses and I think it is the secret ingredient why my mom's recipe is Simply the Best Above All the Rest Banana Bread! Here is the recipe In Loving Memory of My Mother who passed away May 31, 2009...Mom I Love you thanks for the fond memories!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350% and grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the Shortening and sugar. Then add in the eggs and mix. Now add in your mashed up bananas(the blacker the skin on the bananas the sweeter the bananas will be) and add the Vanilla.
  3. Now mix in the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. You do not need a hand mixer mix everything with a spoon.
  5. Pour the batter in the greased loaf pan and place in the oven for 1 hour or 45 minutes depending on how hot your oven gets. Test the middle with a toothpick. You should have no batter on the toothpick that means its done.
  6. SPECIAL NOTE: Make sure your bananas are over ripe. The blacker the skin is the better!
  7. Now for the Secret ingredient -- it is the shortening. DO NOT substitute the shortening for butter or anything else. I promise this is what makes the crust so brown and YUMMY! I'm not a big fan of using shortening except I make an acception to this recipe.
  8. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have through the years =).
Most Helpful

I made this twice. Both times it burned around the edges and did not cook in the middle. It overflowed in the loaf pan and I used a large one. I would think you could easily get two loafs out of this if you increased the recipe by 1/3. I made a mess in the stove twice, next time I will make a little bit more and make two. What did cook was good, but way too much batter for one loaf pan.

Laurie C. December 22, 2015

I had some extra bananas in the freezer so I thought I'd give this recipe a try. I added chocolate chips and it made it even better! The shortening was the trick. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa S. August 28, 2013

I used butter instead of shortening (i hope you don't mind) because we had no shortening in the house. The crust was crunchy, and the centre was moist and tasty. My first food-sampling guinea pig called it "delightful". It wasn't as sweet as it could be, as the bananas wern't overripe, but it gobbled up quickly anyway! My guinea pigs ratings varied from 4/5 - 5/5, and I rate it 5/5. Great recipe. :) Made for veg swap 09

TALIA #3 October 03, 2009