This Best Ever Banana Bread comes from my grandma. It is one of those delicious generational recipes that you will instantly add to your recipe box.
Fantastic for breakfast, a snack or brunch. Made with only fresh bananas and a dash of vanilla, this just lets the bananas shine and be the star. Most of us know that usually when there is a “best ever” recipe, it comes from Grandma. This recipe is no exception.
My grandma is a baker (so was my grandpa). Some of my most coveted recipes have come from my Grandma & Grandpa Gillan. This is one of them. I thought I had already posted it but then when a reader asked if I had a banana bread recipe. I couldn’t find it on my blog and realized I hadn’t. Therefore I made it right away, and viola- here you are.
This recipe frequents our home during the holiday season and is often a gift left on our friends and neighbors door steps as a treat. With as little as 10 minutes to prep and 45 minutes to bake, you can have 2-3 fresh loaves of this Best Ever Banana Bread in just an hour.
So enjoy this from my grandma’s recipe box to table.
How do you make Best Ever Banana Bread?
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix all ingredients in order as listed. Mix until well combined.
Once it is well combined pour into 2- 3 greased bread pans, make sure to divide evenly, and bake at 375 for 40-50 minutes.
Time may vary depending on oven and pan size; insert toothpick to make sure bread is done.
My favorite kitchen items used to make this Best Ever Banana Bread:
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RUBBER SPATULAS: These are great for scraping every bit of batter or sauce out of mixing bowls.
MIXING BOWLS: I love having a variety of sizes of mixing bowls. From small to large, I find that having at least 3 bowls of different sizes has been essential in my kitchen. I prefer Pyrex because of the durability.
MEASURING CUPS: Nothing beats a good set of measuring cups that last a long time. I love metal measuring cups because of their durability.
MEASURING SPOONS: I have to have a metal set of measuring spoons on hand. The plastic ones just don’t last long in our house thanks in large part to the garbage disposal.
BREAD LOAF PAN: I have a few of these on hand and use them for more than just baking.
If you love grandma’s classic bread recipes, also check out this Best Ever Zucchini Bread recipe.
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Kids Review: They especially love this recipe with chocolate chips!
Best Ever Banana Bread
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 1/2 cups ripe bananas smashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Optional: 1 cup nuts or chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients in order as listed. Mix until well combined.
- Once it is well combined pour into 2- 3 greased bread pans, make sure to divide evenly, and bake at 375 for 40-50 minutes.
- Time may vary depending on oven and pan size; insert toothpick to make sure bread is done.