Banana Walnut Bread

by zesty on November 10, 2010 · 49 comments

Happy Wednesday!  WOW what a week.  I am pretty excited to see the holiday around the corner for tomorrow.  I had a lot of fun this week especially the blogging aspect of it.  Despite the fact that work and zestycook.com consumes a large majority of my waking day… I love it!  No complaints from being busy over here.  Do you like being busy?

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Today, I thought I would share with you my take of a classic bread -  Banana Bread!  One of my all-time favorite loafs and a great way to use ripened bananas.

Every now and again I feel the need to add some nuts to my Banana Bread recipe for a different texture and flavor combination.  With this loaf I chose the “Walnut”.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 4 Mashed overripe bananas
  • 1/4 Cup walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat Oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and white sugar.
  4. In a separate  bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended, then toss in the walnuts.
  6. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  9. Let bread cool in pan for a bit, then flip it out onto a wire rack.
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  11. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When bananas are on their last leg on your counter, a great place to store them for either smoothies or baking is in the freezer.  They freeze very well and it will help prolong their useful life.

I hope you get some time in the near future to try this banana bread.  As I mentioned earlier, it is one of my favorite loafs to make and eat.  A slight problem is that I tend to eat the whole loaf.  I especially love the two end pieces.  Do you like the end pieces?

Holiday is upon us… any big plans for you? I hope you have fun with whatever you choose to do and I will see you back here on Friday!

Oh, one last thing, if you haven’t checked out our new recipe e-book yet, you can download it here for free.

Take care

zesty

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1 VeggieGirl

Classic!! And yes, I like the end pieces :-)

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2 Meg

I wish I could reach through the screen and grab a piece! The end pieces are my favorite! :)

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3 brandi

I love the ends of banana bread :)

I’m going to visit family this weekend and am super excited!

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4 girlbeerdrinker

Looks great! We’d be good together. You could have the two end pieces and I could have the rest!!!

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5 Steph

I love the end pieces! It’s a good thing there are only 2 ends..hahah.

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6 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

I love the end pieces of breads like that… and baking it in an 8×8 or 9×9 pan makes for MORE end pieces!! Great recipe!

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7 teresa

Mmm, I could go for that right now for breakfast! Looks delicious!

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8 Nila Rosa

I love toasting the bread..especially the end pieces and slathering it with butter. Sooo good.

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9 Kaneil, Balance is Best

Really, Zesty?! I wasn’t the slightest bit hungry until I just clicked on this post. That bread looks to-die-for. Yummm!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

I have 4 ripe bananas at home. Guess what I’m doing this weekend! :)

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10 Rose

Yum! I’m always looking for different BB recipes.

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11 greenbean

i love the ends! and holy butter! those buttery slices in the pictures are to die for.

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12 Kayjbe

The end pieces are the best part! Your recipe looks fantastic.

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13 Joanne

The banana bread looks really good. I really enjoy a good banana bread – but like to add raisins. As for the end pieces, love them on regular breads but sweet breads – give me the middle, moist, and soft any time.

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14 Jonah

This may sound silly, but where’s the walnut in the walnut bread?

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15 ZestyCook

@Jonah – Oh my that is not a silly question. I forgot to add the walnuts in the recipe. I just updated it now. My apologies. Thanks for pointing that out.

zesty

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16 katklaw777

Hi Zesty, I am trying to cut out or at least cut down on my white sugar intake. Your recipe calls for 1 cup, can you help me come up with a healthier substitution? I am pleased that your recipe didn’t have any oil in it, I have learned to substitute apple sauce for that.
Thanks for your help. Your pics are, as always, YUMMY!

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17 Cammie

This looks yummy! I will have to try it the next time I have bananas that need to be used! I was going to ask you where the walnuts were? But I see that you corrected it! Have a great weekend! I love reading your blog!!

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18 Shelby

I need this! Too bad our bananas aren’t ripe yet…
My mom is going to love this recipe!

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19 Leah

I love banana bread!!! Can’t wait to make it again! Great recipe!

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20 Cookie

I LOVE the ends and crusts of any type of bread! It’s the best part cuz that’s where all the BUTTER is! :)

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21 Lynda

Banana bread is my all time favorite quick bread. Yours looks so moist and delicious!

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22 Lori

Always the first to grab the end pieces. Love ‘em! I haven’t made banana bread in a while. You made it sound so good!

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23 Culinary Cory

This was a total staple growing up.

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24 Kath

Look at that pool of butta!

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25 leslie

you can sooo have my end pieces!!!!!!!!!!!!

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26 Marianne

I’m generally not an end person. I like the soft middle better of my loaves of bread. My sister and I are famous for avoiding the ends of the bread at all costs – we always make my dad eat them. It doesn’t work so well since I live on my own now, so I end up with bags full of ends in my freezer. HA!

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27 Adi (oatonomy.com)

Oooo looks great. I love banana breads that actually look moist. Thanks for another yummy looking treat!

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28 pigpigscorner

Looks so moist! Amazing with the melted butter.

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29 Hangry Pants

Delicious! I love all kinds of quick bread, especially banana. I usually like the ends of yeast breads, but not quick breads. I prefer the moist center pieces.

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30 Christie @ Fig & Cherry

Great version! The texture looks perfect.

My husband has been known to hide bananas until they’re sufficiently blackened and ready for banana bread – then they turn up back in the fruit bowl… :)

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31 Kevin

Great looking banana bread!

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32 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

Walnuts are a MUST in banana bread, and your recipe sounds perfect. I’m totally drooling over those pieces pictured with butter. And yes, I love bread “butts” :)

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33 Kelsey

Yummmmm! I love a good banana bread!!

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34 Kristie

I like the end pieces but I LOVE the more moist center best. Funny thing, I don’t think I’ve ever put walnuts in a loaf of banana bread that I’ve made. I think that needs to change. This one looks beyond delicious.

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35 Za

Yummmm!….i love the combination of bananas and walnuts!…have to try it this afternoon for Tea.

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36 ayda

I just finished putting the mixture in the oven. Can’t wait to try it. I haven’t made banana bread in a long time.

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37 Shobha

This one is my favourite..I have book marked it.

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38 Lois

Would I need to make any alterations to recipe if I want to make muffins instead of a loaf of bread?

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39 koop

OK When does the sugar/butter mix get combined with the rest of the ingredients?

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40 koop

and can the sugar be substituted by any of the sweeteners: Truvia, Splenda etc

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41 zesty

@koop – yes you could sub in the sweetners – you may just get a slightly different result. ie. maybe lighter etc.

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42 raj

dear sir
make it like burger buns and enjoy more crispy, crunchy,chewy surface like ends

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43 zesty

Interesting Idea Raj, I will try that.

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44 Lara

Just looking through archives and now I am totally craving this.

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45 Jen

Thanks for the recipe! I added semi-sweet chocolate chips to my batter and it was delicious! :)

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46 Adriana

This bread is really good. I added about 1 tsp of ground cinammom and 1 tbs spoon of rum to the mashed bananas.

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