Walnut Banana Bread

This is the same recipe I used for the Chocolate Banana Bread Muffins except I omitted the chocolate chips, added chopped walnuts to the top, and actually baked it in a loaf pan (which I recently acquired).  Not only is this very easy to make, but it is a perfect way to use up those bananas way past their prime.  This recipe is from The Nibble.

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Walnut Banana Bread

1/3 cup salted butter at room temperature

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup roughly mashed bananas (I used two large ones)

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 large egg

1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt

chopped walnuts to sprinkle on top

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter your loaf pan.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium size bowl.

Cream the butter, honey, sugar, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.  I used an electric hand held mixer.  Add the bananas and vanilla at medium speed and mix until it looks broken.

Add the egg, medium/ low speed, and mix until just incorporated.  Turn the speed to the lowest setting and slowly add the sifted dry ingredients.  Add the yogurt and fold in with a spatula.  It is VERY important to not over-mix in these last couple of steps.  You want to keep the mixture as light as possible!

Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle on the nuts.  Bake until a toothpick comes out clean.  It took me ~49 minutes.  Wait another 5 minutes before taking the bread out of the pan.  Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Walnut Banana Bread

  1. Rachel says:

    Sarah, the Banana bread sounds delicious. I never use greek yogurt in my banana bread but just tried my friends who added yogurt and it was very good. Why do you add yogurt to this mix? Does it improve the flavor? Thanks, Rachel

    • Sarah Ramsey says:

      Hi Rachel! One of the main reasons for adding yogurt is so that you don’t have to use more butter. But besides making the bread healthier, it also makes it more moist and fluffy!

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