Light & Fluffy Banana Bread Recipe
My Mother’s banana bread recipe was handed down to her by her Mother and it is not the usual dense banana bread. It has a completely different texture and is light and fluffy banana bread recipe as opposed to the more traditional dense and heavy variety. It’s almost a cake-like texture but with the amazing banana bread flavor. I love it!
Next time you have old bananas sitting around don’t just toss them! Turn them into banana bread. This recipe also freezes well so you can make a bunch and freeze them for later. To eat just take a loaf out the night before and leave it on the counter to thaw. It will be ready to eat by morning!
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Light & Fluffy Banana Bread Recipe
- 1/3 C Shortening
- 3/4 C White Sugar
- 2 Sliced Bananas
- 1 Egg
- 2 C Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3/4 C Buttermilk or regular milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Cream together the shortening, sugar and bananas.
- Add egg and beat until well blended.
- Combine dry ingredients and gently stir them into shortening mixture alternately with liquid ingredients.
- Prepare your loaf pan (or mini loaf pans) with non-stick spray or shortening and then add your banana bread mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
i cant wait to make this,,this look so good,i love banana bread
this looks super yummy! it reminds me when I used to help my mom bake banana bread when I was a kiddie. thanks for sharing. it brings back a lot of awesome memories.
I absolutely love banana bread. This recipe looks great.
I’ll have to give this recipe a try. Every time I make banana bread it comes out over done on top and gooey in the middle. Blech.
As much I love banana bread, I have never made it. This looks so yummy!
You do have to try and make it. Banana bread is always a huge favorite but not that hard to make.
I love th taste of banana bread, but am not crazy about how heavy and dense it can be. This is a recpe I ama going to have to try.
This looks SO good- almost too good to eat! Your photos are beautiful! I love banana bread- I will have to try this recipe next time we have overripe bananas on our hands!
I do love banana bread. I’m going to have to try your recipe! That light and fluffy texture sounds good!
I love banana bread and always buy extra bananas just so I can make some. Thanks for the recipe!
Now this is my type of recipe. I love Banana bread, yet I have never tried to make it. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
You have to at least try making banana bread. It really is a simple thing to bake.
This is such a yummy looking recipe idea. I will give it a whirl once I buy the ingredients. Thanks for a fluffy bread idea!
I absolutely adore banana bread. That looks so delicious! I would love to have some of it now!
I saw this on pinterest this morning and instantly started drooling! Man, it really looks light and fluffy too! Most banana bread I’ve tried is quite dense. I like the fluffy stuff better!
It is so light and fluffy, not too dense at all.
I love to make Banana bread. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend. I am sure it will be as delicious as it looks.
Let me know what you think of it.
My Sister loves to bake. I will have to share this recipe with her. Hopefully she will make it the next time i visit her.
That can be your bargaining. You share a recipe if she makes it for you.
I love to bake banana bread!! This sounds amazing, I can’t wait for it to cool down so I can bake more!
Banana bread is the best. Now I really want to make some.
It really is so good. This recipe is a great one.
Banana Bread is my favorite. I love topping it with peanut butter. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Yummy!
What a great idea. I never thought of topping it with peanut butter.
Banana Bread is my favorite! I want to try this version with shortening.
Oh, let me know how it works.
This looks like a great recipe! I will have to try it out soon. I love anything with bananas in it. Thank you for sharing!
Please let me know what you think of it.
I haven’t made banana bread in so long. This definitely sounds worth a try.
You have some really beautiful and delicious recipes on your blog. I love this Light Fluffy Banana Bread! It looks easy to make and my family will love for me to make this for them for breakfast!
Thank you so much. I love to cook and I try and share the favorites here.
I have been looking for an easy and delicious banana bread recipe and can’t wait to try this!
It is really good. Please try it and let me know what you think.
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Banana Bread Yum! I’d love to try to make this. Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It! Pinning and following!
Looks delicious! 🙂
Mmmm! I’ve been searching for a good banana bread recipe. I’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!
who doesn’t love banana bread?! This looks great!
Light and fluffy texture? Sounds like a winner! Love the photos too.
Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty Can’t wait to see what you share next!
I’m so glad that I happened across this recipe. My husband just loves banana bread but I’ve never had the courage to make it. But this recipe looks easy enough that even I can make it! I’ll try it tomorrow!
Can you tell me what size loaf pan you use? Thanks!
Hi Rose, it is just a standard loaf pan. Mine is 9×5 inches.
Hello! I’ve been looking for a banana bread recipe that result in light and fluffy instead of dense ! Could I sub butter in placement of the shortening ? Or is the shortening the ingredient to making it fluffy ?
The shortening helps make it lighter and not as dense. It whips better than butter.
Recipe is just fine.
What I don’t care for is the number of pop-ups on this site.
I’m sorry that you are getting a lot of pop ups. There should only be one and it should be at the bottom and not block the screen.
I can’t wait to try this – I love that it’s light and fluffy. Every time I’ve made banana bread it’s pretty dense
I’ve been looking for a recipe like this, and this banana bread did not disappoint. It was not dense and heavy, but had a cake-like texture that I loved. I received lots of compliments from my family, and will be sure to use this recipe again. Easy and delicious!!
I’m so glad your family enjoyed it Mary! Thanks for sharing how it turned out.
Great recipe, thanks for posting. For the first time, my family and I actually LOVED the banana bread I made!
oh my god Ive been looking for the perfect banana bread recipe for more than a year now, and this came out just perfect!! thank u so much!
That’s so great to hear! Thanks for the feedback!
I’ve made this several times now and it turns out great! I have some in the oven now but I don’t know how it will turn out. Right in the middle of making it, I realized I only had about 1/4 cup of shortening, so I added a little bit of oil with it. Last week I had a bunch of dark bananas that I mashed and packaged up, two each, in sandwich bags in the freezer. However, when I thawed one out, it was kind of runny, so I had to add less milk to recipe to compensate for the extra liquid in the bananas. Sure hope it turns out – the batter tasted good though. This recipe is a huge hit here in our full house – it’s usually gone by the next day. Yummm….
Thanks for letting me know Marle! Sorry I missed your comment. I’m SO glad you love the recipe. Hope it turned out with your substitutions!
Thanks for this recipe. I have tried different banana bread recipes and I hated how heavy it was every time. This one is a keeper!
I used sunflower oil instead of the shortening and might try with coconut oil next time to see. They were light, fluffy and delicious. My husband was flipping out on how good they turn out.
Awe that’s great to hear they were such a big hit Melanie! Please update us if the coconut oil swap works well. Thanks so much!
I added cinnamon but wow this is the best banana bread I’ve ever made.
Oh thank you so much for the awesome feedback!
I’ve been searching for a light fluffy banana bread and this us it!!!
I used my convection oven and cut the baking time way down. It also gave the tip a slightly crispy texture.. so delicious!
Making another liaf tonight. The family loves it ❤️
Oh I am so glad you found my recipe and loved it! Thanks for the awesome feedback 🙂
Sounds like a great recipe. But why the “cup” measurement? Whatever happened to metric?!!
Thanks! We are based in the US and as such we use “cups” and not the metric system. 🙂
I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about making this recipe but it really is lighter and fluffier than my previous go-to recipe that contains butter. Flavor is delicious and the texture is firm but not crumbly and it’s a lot less dense and heavy! I made four mini-loaves and at 35 minutes, they came out perfectly done. Thanks for sharing! ❤️
Oh I am so glad you like it! I love reading comments about people’s experience with the recipe. Thanks for taking the time to share.
This is a great recipe, changed few things like using butter instead of shortening, added an extra 1/2 tsp of Baking powder, used the hand blender to get a very fine consistency instead of mashing the bananas cause I don’t like “seeing” the bananas in the my bread lol, and added chopped walnuts. The results are heavenly! Thank you
I’m so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing your tweaks as well! Good to know that butter works in place of shortening.
This has to be the best banana. Bread recipe I have ever tried.. I added some walnuts and substituted coconut oil in place of shortening and it was still nice and light. Thank you so very much for the wonderful recipe.
Thank you for the kind review! I love the variations you made, thanks for sharing them with us!
Banana bread is so good, this recipe looks great.
This is a great recipe. I made the following mods and thought I’d share:
* Used mini-loaf pans and adjusted the bake time to 45 minutes, which was probably about 10 minutes too long.
* Added about 1/4 cup of soy protein powder to give the bread a little more protein.
* I find my bananas often have too much moisture and the baking time and texture is impacted. This time I was using bananas I had previously frozen. When I defrosted them, a lot of sugary, watery banana liquid came out. Rather than wasting that or risk it impacting the texture, I simmered it down to a syrup and added it to the milk.
* I didn’t have shortening so I used salted butter (room temp).
Other than being a tad overcooked, the mini-loafs came out with a nice crunchy crust and a fluffy soft inside. Yum!
I wanted to add chocolate chips but forgot. I’ll have to try next time.
Thanks for sharing your modifications! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂
Best Banana Bread I’ve made or eaten. The recipe is super easy and I love the light texture. I made the recipe exactly as you wrote it and it came out perfect. Thank you!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the great feedback!