There’s something so comforting and familiar about homemade bread that brings back memories of childhood. Memories of coming home to the house smelling of gingerbread and hot chocolate; memories of family and friends gathered together; fond, long ago forgotten memories that float back to the surface when triggered by the welcoming aroma of baking bread. This inviting, warm, moist, aromatic banana walnut bread will not only bring back all those memories with a vengeance, but will help you make new ones too. Especially around the holiday season! Let’s get started.
Banana Walnut Bread – Recipe
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup quinoa flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¾ tsp. salt
- 1 ½ stick butter at room temperature (more to grease pan or parchment paper)
- 1 ¼ cup sugar, more or less depending on how sweet your bananas are
- 3 eggs
- 3 large, ripe bananas, mashed*
- 1 dollop of vanilla yogurt (can be substituted with plain yogurt with a little bit of vanilla essence)
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
*If you can’t mash your bananas smoothly, microwave them for a few seconds at a time until mashable.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and grease with a little bit of butter. You can directly grease the loaf pan, but using parchment paper makes it easier to lift the banana walnut bread out.
- In a bowl, sieve in all the dry ingredients (first 6 ingredients) and mix together. Set aside.
- In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. You might want to use an electric egg beater or mixer for this.
- Add eggs, one at a time continuing to beat mixture.
- Add in the dry ingredient mixture and the mashed bananas slowly, alternating between the two. This is where an electric stand mixer would come in handy. You’ll have both hands free to add in the ingredients.
- Stir in yogurt by hand until well combined. This is what makes it moist. Add the chopped, toasted walnuts and stir through.
- Pour into lined loaf pan and bake for 60 – 70 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick through the middle. If it comes out clean, banana walnut bread is done.
- Let cool completely before slicing.
The delicious smell of bananas as this bread bakes will be a huge temptation to dive right in as soon as it’s out of the oven, but it’s best to let it cool. You can glaze the top with a little icing sugar and lemon juice at this time or just serve as it is. Delicious, moist, slightly crunchy banana walnut bread is ready to eat.