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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Recipe for Banana Nut Bread

What to do with bananas going ripe?

bunches of bananas

Banana bread is one of my favorite things to eat when I’m hungry or when I’m needing a little pick-me-up during the afternoons. I guess as a lover of all things banana, I just enjoy the goodness of the banana flavors and the comforting bite of the tender and moist bread. To me, I’ve always thought that banana bread isn’t really a bread at all, it’s more of a cake (just like the Dutch apple cake that we posted recently). Can anyone tell me why they’re called breads?

And of course, when you add walnuts to the mix, that just adds another layer of texture to it. I almost always add more nuts to my batter than what is called for. For some reason, walnuts just go really well with bananas. I read somewhere that toasting the nuts also prevents the nuts from turning black in the baked goods. So, I toast the walnuts before adding them in to the batter.


Now, most recipes that I’ve seen out there call for just a little butter and a small quantity of ripe bananas. But I just can’t resist adding more butter and really upping the quantity of ripe bananas. Maybe that’s why my banana bread turns out to have a more cake-like texture. Whatever it is, I have found that upping these ingredients don’t seem to affect the bread too much and it’s still wonderfully moist and delicious. The extra bananas seem to help to perfume the bread with that heady banana fragrance that makes you want to snatch it out of the oven as it is baking up!

The one key thing to any banana recipe (except banana cream pie where you want the bananas nice and pretty looking) is that you really, really need to wait till your bananas are overripe. Being in Malaysia, this happens more quickly than you think. I find that after just two days, my fresh bananas have become super ripe so I’ve been baking banana bread more often than I’d like. Thankfully, I have friends and neighbors to share this with. If you haven’t gotten a banana bread from me, never fear, you probably will in no time at all (as long as you live close by).

If you find yourself overrun with ripe bananas and cannot keep up, another trick is to peel the bananas, stick them in a freezer bag and freeze them. Then the next time you feel like baking banana bread, you won’t have to wait for your bananas to ripen. Just thaw the bag and mash the bananas and you’re good to go.

Alright, so here is my recipe for banana bread. Do give it a try the next time you have loads of overripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter! Or if you just love banana bread, buy some bananas and let them get ripe on the counter (or try bargaining with your grocery store manager for the bananas that are already overripe in the store!).

Banana Nut Bread Recipe


2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup (8 oz) butter
2 eggs
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (really, I find it’s ok to have a bit more or less, I just tend to eyeball depending on how many ripe bananas I have)
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or other nuts), more if you like it nuttier

banana nut bread ingredients


1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
2. Cream sugar and butter till well mixed.
3. Add eggs and bananas. Blend well.

mixing banana bread batter

4. Add milk and vanilla essence and mix till well incorporated.
5. Stir in nuts and dry ingredients (you can sift the dry ingredients if you want but I normally don’t bother) and mix well.

adding walnuts to banana nut bread batter

6. Pour into loaf pan and bake for about 60-70 minutes till tester comes out clean. One trick I do is to use two slightly smaller loaf pans and bake up thinner loaves when I’m in a hurry (ie. can’t wait to take a bite into the warm, yummy bread). This way, the baking time will only be about 30-40 minutes.

baked banana nut breads


Cheers, Annie

This post was entered into the January edition of Sugar High Fridays, created by Jennifer, the Domestic Goddess and hosted by A Merrier World.


Hungry for more baked banana goodness? Click below:

Aunty Marlene's Banana Muffins Recipe

Recipe for Banana Cream Pie

Banana Nut Muffins Recipe on Rasa Malaysia

Ultimate Banana Bread Recipe Collection on Not Quite Nigella


Tuty said...

I am sure you can't stop feeling blessed for the abundance of tropical fruit at the peak of their freshness. My husband and I truly miss the varieties of sweet and aromatic bananas.

Living in the Pacific Northwest means that we have to settle with the types of bananas available in the market... which is not tasty most of the time. :-(

Anonymous said...

Hi Annie, I miss the many varieties of bananas back home. My fav is pisang rastali. You´re so lucky to be able to enjoy all the tropical fruits. Shall try out yr recipe soon :)


Alessandra said...

Kia ora Nate and Annie, how are you?

Banana bread, yum!!

I have put two entries for the January GYO, one from the blog only recipes and one from the blog Alessandra Zecchini. This is my first time so I am not sure if I have done it right. Please advice if iI have to put the logo (I only saw the 2009 logo...) somewhere in my blogs, or something in the posts...I can edit the posts if necessary :-)

All the best, and my compliments for your beautiful blog!

sheril said...

Gosh I never heard about such varieties, personally i wont like banana much, but after looking at these irresistible varieties I cant stop tasting one.

WendyinKK said...

They are called breads because they are in the category of quick bread.

A bread not leavened with yeast but baking powder or baking soda.

I knew this from reading on the internet years ago.

The Speeding Turtle said...

Yum! I make a banana bread with walnuts too, but I put chocolate chips in as well. :D It looks great!

PageRank Check said...

looks good going to try it

The Food Hunter said...

Great post... can't wait to make this

Caveman Cooking said...

I'm nuts for nuts! Give me some cream cheese to go with it, and I'd probably eat the whole loaf myself. Sounds great, Nate!

foodcreate said...

I miss the varieties of bananas .. My fav is the small guneos they are so sweet and tiny ..

Thank you for sharing have a awesome day :)

Aenne Carver said...

I love banana bread, and I will try your recipe. I appreciate the photos of the bread being made. The pictures are very clear, and let us feel like we are in the kitchen with you.
Herbally yours,
Aenne Carver

Kate said...

Bananas really are a true comfort food!
Thanks for entering Sugar High Friday :-)

Nate @ House of Annie said...

@all - thanks for your comments!

@Tuty - oh yes, we realize how blessed we are to be here. The many varieties of fresh bananas are just the tip of the iceberg, as it were.

@Eliz - Great! Let us know how you like it!

@Alessandra - thanks for the submissions, and your kind words! You can opt to use the 2009 logo, or leave it out.

@Sheril - trust me. Eat one of these bananas and it will change your mind about them.

@Wendyywy - great, thanks for the info! Isn't the Internet grand? :-)

@The Speeding Turtle - chocolate chips! Now you're talking! :-)

@The Food Hunter - welcome!

@Caveman Cooking - thanks!

@Foodcreate - you're welcome!

@Aenne - we aim to please!

@Kate - thanks for hosting! Looking forward to the entire roundup.