Toasted Walnut Banana Bread

by Kirsten on March 27, 2012 · 24 comments

in Breakfast, Cakes, Desserts

This toasted walnut banana bread has been one of our favorite quick bread recipes for many years. My family loves this moist banana bread with the crunchy walnuts. I always double the recipe since the bread just seams to vanish as soon as I get it out of the oven.

Toasted Walnut Banana Bread
4.7 from 3 reviews
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
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Serves: 12
  • 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temp.
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled, and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup, 250 ml))
  • ½ cup toasted walnut pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar for about 4 minutes.
  4. Add one egg at a time into the butter while mixing until incorporated. Add the bananas (the mixture will appear to be curdled, so don't worry), and remove the bowl from the mixer.
  5. Set mixer on low and slowly add the flour mixture until well incorporated. Don't over mix.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake in the center of the preheated oven for about 50 minutes.
  7. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool on a wired rack.



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Michelle February 8, 2013 at 5:41 am

Just made 4 loaves and my kids are loving it! they sayit is the best banana bread they have had. I havebeen making banana bread for over 30 years and this one rocks! We did use 2 different kinds of chocolate chips instead of nuts.

Monica Canseco September 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Just pulled 2 loaves out of the oven and they smell divine! Can’t wait til they cool so we can eat 1 tonight then the other with coffee in the morning! Yeah!

rosita vargas April 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

Se ve adorable me encanta el pan con ricos ingredientes como el suyo luce perfecto ,abrazos hugd,hugs.

Nuts about food March 30, 2012 at 1:20 am

I love all kinds of banana bread, this would certainly be a hit. Oh, I have been meaning to compliment you on your “new” layout and keep forgetting.

Cathy at Wives with Knives March 29, 2012 at 6:23 am

Your photos are stunning, Kirsten. This lovely bread is my favorite kind of treat with a cup of afternoon tea.

Medeja March 29, 2012 at 2:58 am

Awesome banana bread! I like it and especially combination with nuts!

Susan o March 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I love walnuts and bananas. This is a great recipe and the bread looks so moist. Where’s the butter?

Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Susan, I thought there was enough in the bread, but you are very welcome to spread some on top.

manu March 28, 2012 at 4:40 am

Great!! this bread looks so divine!
I love the pics

Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thanks, Manu.

Dominic March 28, 2012 at 12:12 am

Stunning! I love the way we all have a recipe for banana bread that varies ever so slightly from person to person. Yours really does look very very good. Lovely pictures as always xx

Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Yes, I like that, too. We all have our favorite.

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Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Thanks. Hope to see you soon again.

Lea Ann March 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Beeeutiful Kirsten. I love making banana bread and this is a version I’d love to try.

Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

You should, Lea Ann. It is pretty tasty.

Schokozwerg March 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Das sieht so köstlich aus! Perfekte Bananenverwertung, wenn sie zu braun zum Essen sind, many thanks from Berlin! 🙂

Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Stimmt. Oftmals gefriere ich die Bananen wenn sie braeunlich werden einfach ein und verwende sie dann spaeter zum Backen.

Jennifer Neef March 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This bread looks so good- I love the picture in which you can see pieces of the walnuts.

Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Thanks, Jennifer.

Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes March 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

This bread looks heavenly! I love banana bread!

Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Thanks, Annie. It also tastes heavenly!

Yvette ~ Muy Bueno Cookbook March 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

I have been craving banana bread! YUM! This just might be a recipe I have to make this weekend 😉

Kirsten March 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Yvette, I hope you will find the time to try it. We really love it.

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