Before you bake this, be sure to read my bread baking tips!
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1-3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (plus additional to sprinkle on top if desired)
Preheat oven to 350-F. Grease and flour a 9x5x3" loaf pan (or use PAM cooking spray for baking). If you are making muffins, grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper baking cups.
Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat well. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas, blending well after each addition. Stir in nuts.*
Pour into loaf pan or muffin tin. Sprinkle generously with more chopped nuts if you want to. It looks really nice! Bake loaf for 40-50 min. or until toothpick comes out clean. Bake muffins for 20-25 min. Let cool for 5 minutes or so, then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
*Sometimes I mix in mini chocolate chips and use pecans instead of walnuts, which is very yummy :-)