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The BEST Banana Bread

The Wild Cow Ranch Chuck Wagon cooking team from Fritch, Texas shares their recipe for Banana Nut Bread.

You can cook this on a camp fire in a fluted pan that fits inside a 14″ cast iron stew pot, but Shirley Creacy likes using her fluted pan in the oven. Flaky and so moist, I earned a “Thanks, Mom. This is good.” By far, the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever tasted.

Banana Nut Bread

From the cow camp kitchen of Don & Shirley Creacy, Fritch, Texas

1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup nuts, chopped (if desired)

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Beat together until smooth the shortening, eggs and sugar. To this mixture add rest of ingredients and mix well. Pour into a well greased and floured fluted cake pan or bundt pan. Check after 45 minutes. If toothpick inserted comes out clean, remove from oven. If toothpick is not clean, bake another 5 to 10 minutes until done. You can drizzle with your favorite icing, but this moist cake is perfect without. Perfect with your morning coffee or Shirley recommends adding a slice to your packed lunch.

NOTE: For a less sweet version, use 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey instead of refined sugar.


My newest book, KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP EM’ ROLLIN’: The All-American Chuck Wagon Cookbook, features recipes from Don and Shirley Creacy’s Wild Cow Ranch cooking team and many other great chuck wagon and ranch cooks. The book also covers cattle drive history and true stories from the cowboys who went “up the trail”, along with archival and ranch photographs. Keep checking right here a Prairie Purview Blog for more information about the great cattle trailing era and dates for upcoming book events.

If your local library, organization or club needs a speaker, I’ll be traveling starting September and I’d love to talk to your group about “Going Up the Trail” and the history that inspired this book. My contact information is listed under the Contacts Tab at the top of the Home Page of my website.

KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’: The All American Chuck Wagon Cookbook, will be available September 1, 2020, or it’s available for pre-order now at every major online bookstore.

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Natalie Bright is the author of the upcoming book, KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’: The All-American Chuck Wagon Cookbook. With over 100 recipes, cattle drive history, archival photos, and her own Texas ranch photography, you can bring a taste of the old West to your kitchen! She is also the author of the Trouble in Texas series for middle grade readers and a series of easy readers about rescue horses. She blogs every Friday right here at Prairie Purview, and every Monday about the writing life at