This recipe comes from my sweet college roommate, who could bake like nobody's business. I modified to make it my own, as I have to do usually with everything. I usually don't add nuts.
Banana (Nut) Bread
½ C. Sugar
1/3 C. Shortening
1 ¾ C. all purpose flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. Baking soda
½ tsp. Salt
4 c. mashed very ripe bananas
½ c. walnuts or pecans (optional)
Cream sugar and shortening. Mix together the dry ingredients and add alternately with the bananas to the creamed sugar mixture. Stir in nuts if adding. Bake in loafs pans at 350º F for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
Or bake in muffins tins for about 18 minutes or less. Ready when a toothpick comes out mostly clean.