Banana Bread Squares USDA Recipe for Schools

Age Group: Ages 6-18
Serving Size: 50-100
Whole-wheat flour, bananas, and lovely spices make these delicious Banana Bread Squares a nutritious treat.
1 piece provides 1 oz equivalent grains.
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  • Place flour, sugar, instant dry milk, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a commercial mixer (batch as needed). Using a paddle attachment, mix on low speed for 1 minute. Leave dry ingredients in mixer. Set aside for step 3.
  • Combine eggs, water, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir well.
  • Add shortening and egg mixture to dry ingredients. Mix for 30 seconds on low speed. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed.
  • Add mashed bananas. Add walnuts (optional). Blend for 30 seconds on low speed. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Batter will be lumpy. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  • Pour 1 qt 2 cups (about 3 lb) batter into a half steam table pan (12" x 10" x 2½") lightly coated with pan-release spray.
    For 50 servings, use 2 pans.
    For 100 servings, use 4 pans.
  • (Optional) Sprinkle coconut flakes on top of banana mixture before baking.
  • Bake until golden brown:
    Conventional oven: 350 °F for 35–45 minutes.
    Convection oven: 300 °F for 25–35 minutes.
  • Portion: Cut each pan 5 x 5 (25 pieces per pan).
    Serve 1 piece.


Nutrition Facts
Banana Bread Squares USDA Recipe for Schools
Amount Per Serving 1 piece
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 130mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g8%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Total Sugars 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin D 6IU40%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0mg0%
*Marketing Guide
50 Servings:
Bananas: 1 lb 12 oz
100 Servings:
Bananas: 3 lb 8 oz


*See Marketing Guide for purchasing information on foods that will change during preparation or when a variation of the ingredients is available.
Cooking Process #2: Same Day Service.
Yield / Volume
50 Servings:
About 6 lb
About 3 qt/2 steam table pans
(12" x 10" x 2½")
100 Servings:
About 12 lb
About 1 gal 2 qt/4 steam table pans
(12" x 10" x 2½")