Banana Nut Bread is by far my FAVORITE baked bread out there. I have experimented with several recipes to make the perfect Banana Nut Bread throughout the years. I really think there are 3 KEY things that make this bread perfect.
FIRST ~ use BROWN sugar ~ it makes it caramel like and really takes the flavor to a whole new level.
SECOND ~ use A LOT of banana, but, don’t puree it, just mush it so you still have some chunky pieces
THIRD ~ use roughly chopped, not finely chopped walnuts that your roast for 3-4 minutes at 400 in the oven first. They will really stand out in your bread as big chunky roasted nutty pieces.
That’s it ~ keep it clean and keep it simple This recipe came about from all my “science project” experiments and I have no doubt you will love it as much as I do.
1 cup Golden Brown Sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large egg
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
4 medium banana, mashed
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp table salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp roasted & roughly chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×5 pan with nonstick spray.
2. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time. Stir in vanilla and banana.
3. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Fold in walnuts until combined.
4. Pour in pan, top with additional 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts and bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Want to make Banana Nut Muffins? Follow the instructions above including sprinkle the muffin tops with chopped walnuts. Spray 14 muffin tin cups with nonstick spray and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Makes 14 nice size slices, 5 points+ each
Nutritional information per slice (using caloriecount.com):
233 Calories, 11 g Fat, 4.6 g Sat Fat, 0 g Transfat, 48 mg Cholesterol, 142 mg Sodium, 31.1 g Carbohydrates, 3 g Fiber, 15 g sugar, 5 g Protein
Your pan will be very full with batter before you bake it.
After an hour in the oven, it comes out nice and poofy (yup, that’s a word) and golden brown.
Today was super busy, but, super fun too. I know I am behind on my emails, comments and questions. I will catch up with you all tomorrow along with my recap of today’s FUN with TJ ~ Bolani, Sushi, Nutella….deliciousness!