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How to make homemade crackers from sourdough discard or starter.  A quick, easy and adaptable recipe.  These crackers are crisp, tangy and incredibly addicting! What you can plan is too small for you to live. ~David Whyte Made with sourdough discard, …

How to make homemade crackers from sourdough discard or starter.  A quick, easy and adaptable recipe.  These crackers are crisp, tangy and incredibly addicting! #sourdough #discard #crackers #crackersrecipe

How to make homemade crackers from sourdough discard or starter.  A quick, easy and adaptable recipe.  These crackers are crisp, tangy and incredibly addicting! What you can plan is too small for you to live. ~David Whyte Made with sourdough discard, these crackers are a favorite in our house and usually gone within a day.  I...

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Easy Banana Nut Bread

This easy classic banana nut bread is everything a banana bread should be: moist, warm spiced, and studded with crunchy toasted walnuts. Do you like your banana bread…nutty? A few dark brown bananas are an ordinary sight on our counter (yours too?). Usually our go-to banana recipes are healthy muffins or banana oatmeal pancakes, but this time we wanted something new. Meet this ultra Classic Banana Nut Bread! This one is just like Grandma’s: moist and cinnamon-scented, with bursts of crunchy walnuts throughout. To take it over the top, toast the nuts in a skillet to bring out their nutty undertones before gently folding them into the batter. Ingredients in this banana nut bread This banana nut bread is a straightforward take on the classic! We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve, so here are a few notes on what you’ll need: Bananas: Make sure they are ultra ripe! Spotty and brown is good and black works too! Walnuts: You can use any type of nut in banana nut bread. Walnuts and pecans are the most classic: but you can get creative (see below). Neutral oil: We prefer oil in our quick breads because it doesn’t require melting like […]

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This easy classic banana nut bread is everything a banana bread should be: moist, warm spiced, and studded with crunchy toasted walnuts.

Banana nut bread

Do you like your banana bread…nutty? A few dark brown bananas are an ordinary sight on our counter (yours too?). Usually our go-to banana recipes are healthy muffins or banana oatmeal pancakes, but this time we wanted something new. Meet this ultra Classic Banana Nut Bread! This one is just like Grandma’s: moist and cinnamon-scented, with bursts of crunchy walnuts throughout. To take it over the top, toast the nuts in a skillet to bring out their nutty undertones before gently folding them into the batter.

Ingredients in this banana nut bread

This banana nut bread is a straightforward take on the classic! We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve, so here are a few notes on what you’ll need:

  • Bananas: Make sure they are ultra ripe! Spotty and brown is good and black works too!
  • Walnuts: You can use any type of nut in banana nut bread. Walnuts and pecans are the most classic: but you can get creative (see below).
  • Neutral oil: We prefer oil in our quick breads because it doesn’t require melting like butter: one less step!
  • Light brown sugar: Color matters here! Dark brown makes the bread a very dark color
  • Eggs, baking soda & salt: The regular players for a quick bread.
  • Cinnamon and allspice: Allspice gives it just the right unique intrigue in flavor!
  • Vanilla: A hefty dose of vanilla gives it a smooth flavor.
  • All purpose and whole wheat flour: A mix of flours adds a nuance to the flavor a pinch of nutrients.
How to make banana nut bread

How to make banana nut bread

Banana nut bread is like any quick bread recipe. If you’ve made pumpkin bread or zucchini bread, you know the drill! There’s one extra step you’ll need in the beginning:

  • Toast the nuts in a dry skillet. This brings out their nutty flavor (see below).
  • Mix the wet ingredients. Mash that banana with a fork or potato masher first.
  • Mix the dries in a separate bowl.
  • Stir to combine, then gently fold in the nuts.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then add foil and bake 15 more. Add the foil to make sure the nut topping doesn’t get too brown.

Why toasting the nuts makes a difference

The first step to this banana nut bread is toasting the nuts. Why do you toast nuts? Toasting nuts brings out at beautiful nutty essence that’s otherwise undetectable. You have to taste it to believe it, but there’s a huge difference between a raw nut and a toasted nut.

Over here, we always toast our nuts (yep!) before adding them to salads and desserts. So why not do it before folding into a quick bread? You can toast nuts on the stovetop or in the oven. Here’s How to Toast Nuts (2 Best Ways!).

Easy banana nut bread

Alternate nuts & mix-ins for banana nut bread!

Walnuts and bananas are a classic combination. But you can get creative with other types of nuts or add-ins! Here are a few ideas of mix-ins for banana nut bread:

  • Pecans
  • Hazelnuts
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
  • Dried cherries or cranberries
  • Shredded coconut

The most fun part is combining them to make interesting flavors! Try chocolate hazelnut banana bread, cashew cherry, or coconut butterscotch.

Banana nut bread storage

Here’s the great thing about this banana nut bread: it’s seriously moist and keeps very well! You’ll find it’s even softer and moister the second day. We like to keep it at room temperature because it’s so beautifully moist and you can eat it right away. But here are a few options for storage:

  • How long does banana bread last at room temperature? 4 to 5 days, covered in aluminum foil.
  • Can you refrigerate banana bread? You can! Keep in mind that it does dry out a bit in the fridge. It also tastes a little better at room temp, so you may want to leave it on the counter for a few minutes before eating.
  • Can you freeze banana bread? Yes! Slice it into pieces and wrap it in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer safe bag or container. It stays good for about 3 months.
Best banana nut bread

Vegan variation

Do you eat plant-based? It’s easy to make this banana nut bread vegan: just substitute flax eggs for the eggs. Flax eggs are simply ground flax seed mixed with water: it combines to make a gel-like substance that’s great as a binder in vegan baked goods.

Want another option? This Vegan Banana Bread is extremely delicious.

More banana recipes (bread, muffins, oh my!)

What else can you make with ripe bananas? So many things. Our favorite are our healthy muffins (many variations below), but there are lots of options. Here are our favorite banana recipes:

This banana nut bread recipe is…

Vegetarian and dairy-free. For plant-based and vegan, substitute flax eggs for the eggs.

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Banana nut bread

Easy Banana Nut Bread


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 to 12 slices
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This classic banana nut bread is everything a banana bread should be: moist, warm spiced, and studded with crunchy toasted walnuts.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnut halves and pieces 
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas  (4 or 5 very ripe bananas)
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil (organic vegetable, canola or grapeseed)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (or flax eggs for vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8 or 9-inch loaf pan.
  2. Toast the walnuts: Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and slightly darker brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stay at the stove because the nuts can easily burn! Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking. Then chop the walnuts: it should be enough for about 3/4 cup.
  3. Make the batter: Mash the bananas in the bottom of a large bowl, enough for 1 1/3 cup. Whisk in the oil, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the baking soda, kosher salt, all-purpose flour, and whole wheat flour to the bowl and stir together with a spoon. Gently fold in the 1/2 cup walnuts.
  5. Bake: Pour the batter into the loaf pan and top with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Bake 45 minutes, then add foil loosely on the top. Bake another 10 to 15 minutes a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (or the internal temperature is 200 degrees): the exact timing will depend on the size of the pan.
  6. Cool: Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edge and invert the loaf onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Storage info: The bread lasts 4 to 5 days at room temperature wrapped in aluminum foil, refrigerated for 10 days, or frozen for 3 months (slice it into pieces and wrap it in plastic wrap then a freezer-safe bag or container).

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Banana nut bread

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While my go-to banana bread recipe offers other gluten-free options within the post (including a delicious oat flour option), the almond flour answer is not as straightforward. I think it took me seven tries to get this recipe just right!

This version required several modifications, so I’m sharing it as its own recipe today. I’ll also walk you through how I modified the recipe to work with almond flour, which might be helpful if it’s your preferred flour, or you happen to have a surplus in your pantry.

gluten-free banana bread ingredients

This banana bread is very tender, moist and decadent. These qualities are natural by-products of using almond flour and additional eggs to hold the bread together. This “bread” almost reminds me of pound cake in texture, and it could definitely pass as banana cake—perhaps you’d like to top it with cream cheese frosting.

While it’s different in texture from my favorite banana bread, this gluten-free banana bread is awesome in its own right. Like the other recipe, it’s easy to mix together—by hand, in one bowl, no less! It’s also naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup. And, I believe it qualifies as paleo as well. Ready to make some?

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flax egg ingredients

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Flax eggs are an imperfect substitute, but in the right recipe, they can work great!

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