1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup mashed banana (about 3)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans)
Cream shortening with sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Combine dry ingredients. Add to shortening mix, alternating with buttermilk.
Stir in mashed banana and vanilla. Add nuts, if using.
Pour into muffin tin or loan pan(s). Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes (muffins or mini-loaves) or about 45 minutes (regular loaf). Let cool on rack.