Banana Walnut Bread is healthier banana bread!
Yogurt, whole grains, protein and fiber with less sugar and fat. The best way to use ripe bananas!
Lemon blossoms bring me to my family home in California.
Pears take me to my grandma’s house.
A whiff of espresso takes me to Italy.
Our sense of smell has amazing power over memory and emotions.
While oranges and other citrus may be stimulating and boost our mood, vanilla and lavender are more relaxing. Sometimes we need the soothing smells of simmered soup or baked bread. Cinnamon, bananas, walnuts and vanilla perfuming the house, feel like a hug.
This week I wanted solace. So the timing was perf! I hadn’t made banana bread in years. That’s not for a lack of overripe bananas, but because so many banana bread recipes have more sugar and oil than I want. They seem more like cake. Not this LiveBest Banana Walnut Bread.
During banana bread taste testing, I asked my husband what could be improved.
He said: If you’d made 2 loaves.
Why I like this Banana Walnut Bread recipe
- Less sugar and fat. Many quick bread recipes have a cup of oil and 1 to 2 cups sugar. Not this LiveBest Banana Walnut Bread.
- It’s pumped up protein from eggs and yogurt.
- It’s fortified with fiber by the whole-wheat flour, oats, prunes, and walnuts.
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How to store bananas
Bananas prefer warm, tropical weather. If they get too cold, they refuse to ripen and sweeten. Bang them around and the bruises grow wider and deeper. Bananas store best at room temperature. The warmer it is, the faster they ripen. You can refrigerate them to slow ripening. The peel will turn black, but the fruit is still good. Bananas can also be frozen. Peel them and store in an air-tight container. To ripen bananas faster, place them in a closed brown paper bag for a day or two.
How to use ripe bananas
As they ripen, bananas become sweeter and more flavorful, so where you might like to eat them, they are great to use in other recipes. The texture changes, may feel a bit slick, but they’re still perfectly good.
- Mash and add to oatmeal while cooking. I use a potato masher.
- Peel and freeze. Whirl in food processor for banana sorbet.
- Blend a Berry Banana Smoothie.
The best pan to bake banana bread in
I prefer a dark aluminum pan like the photo above. One with handles so it’s easier to move in and out of the oven. Aluminum is light weight and conducts heat well. That means the food cooks a little faster and browns better. Stainless steel pans don’t conduct heat as well as aluminum. On the other hand, glass takes longer to heat and doesn’t conduct heat well, but it does hold heat for a longer time. That means with a glass pan the edges of baked goods may cook faster than the center, so you might end up with dry bottom and sides. Reduce the heat by 25° F. to remedy this.
Another recipe to try is this zucchini bread.
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Banana Walnut Bread
If you want to snazz up the loaf, slice a banana in half and set it on top of the loaf, cut-side up, before baking.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- 3 overripe bananas, mashed with fork or potato masher
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup prunes, chopped
- Prep: Heat oven to 375° F. Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan lightly with cooking spray.
- Mix: Combine bananas, eggs, yogurt, sugar, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
- Mix this: In a separate bowl, stir together the flours, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and nutmeg. Add to egg mixture and stir just to combine. Stir in walnuts and prunes.
- Bake: Pour into prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (No wet batter on the toothpick). Move to cooling rack and let rest 10 minutes before removing from pan.
When you add flour to wet ingredients, be gentle. Stir just until the flour is incorporated. Overmixing the batter results in a tough loaf.
- Serving Size: 3/4 inch slice
- Calories: 235
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