The Best Banana Nut Bread
Warm, comforting banana nut bread made with whole wheat flour with a slightly crunchy exterior and soft chewy center. Perfect for using up ripe bananas.
The kids are on spring break this week. We were supposed to go to Florida to visit grandparents, go to the beach and spend a few days at Disney. Now that the world is on quarantine, we are staying home and the kids are struggling to decide if they want to spend spring break in their bedrooms or the living room.
I’ve been encouraging them to learn something new in the kitchen with ingredients we have on hand.
So far we’ve made no-knead rustic artisan bread, fish stew, chocolate chip cookies, corned beef and cabbage, fish tacos, 2 egg breakfast casseroles, egg roll bowls, roasted red pepper hummus, and banana bread together.
They are learning important life skills like how to chop, measure, mix, season, saute, and of course how to keep the kitchen clean when finished cooking or baking. 😉 I know when my mother tried to teach me the essence of rolling koulourakia (Greek butter cookies) or making syrup for baklava, I didn’t appreciate it and took it for granted. I hope my kids will one day look back on this time and appreciate the good food they helped prepare and the memories of the time we spent together in the kitchen.
Now to the banana bread. I prefer a hearty bread to a slice of soft crumbly bread. I like to use a mixture of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour because it gives the bread a hearty consistency and it doesn’t crumble or fall apart like traditional all-purpose flour banana bread.
This banana nut bread recipe yields a delicious bread with a slightly crunchy exterior and a moist, soft center.
Pecans are a must in banana bread – they add a delicious crunch and great texture to the bread.
Banana bread is incredibly economical to make as well. It’s made with simple ingredients like butter, flour, sugar, ripe bananas, vanilla and spices. You’ll likely have all the ingredients on hand in your pantry and refrigerator.
Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread Ingredients
- granulated sugar
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
- whole-wheat flour
- ripe bananas
- vanilla extract
How to Make Banana Nut Bread
This recipe yields one loaf of banana bread. If you have a large family, or if you love to share your baked goods with friends, you can easily double the recipe to make 2 loaves.
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Line the bottom of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with wax paper and grease with butter or non-stick baking spray.
With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well.
Sift the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt over the bowl with the butter and eggs. Stir to blend.
Stir in the whole wheat flour
With a fork, mash the bananas to a puree, then stir the nanas into the batter. Add the vanilla and pecans and stir.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread until level.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until golden brown. Test for doneness by inserting a clean knife into the center and if it comes out clean, the bread is done. Let the bread stand for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Line the bottom of a 9x5 inch loaf pan with wax paper and grease with butter or non-stick baking spray.
- With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until it's light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well.
- Sift the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt over the bowl with the butter and eggs. Stir to blend.
- Stir in the whole wheat flour
- With a fork, mash the bananas to a puree, then stir the nanas into the batter. Add the vanilla and pecans and stir.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread until level.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until golden brown. Test for doneness by inserting a clean knife into the center and if it comes out clean, the bread is done. Let the bread stand for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
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