This Delicious Banana Walnut Bread recipe has been passed down through my family for generations. It’s an amazing way to use leftover bananas!
I love keeping fresh fruit around the house for healthy snacks…and bananas are one of my favorites. But despite my best intentions, sometimes I don’t get to the bananas before they begin to turn brown. But that’s quite alright because the overripe bananas are perfect for this delicious banana-walnut bread…jackpot!
Unlike other banana breads which often turn out dry unless you add a whole bottle of oil, this recipe relies on butter and simple, quality ingredients to coax an amazing flavor from the bananas.
Tip: I actually prefer pecans instead of walnuts in this recipe. Walnuts are the most common partner to bananas, but I find the nuttiness of pecans actually creates a tastier bread. So pick your fave and swap in and out.
Hint: If you are trying to sneak in some healthy ingredients, this recipe works well with 1/2 All-Purpose flour and 1/2 whole-wheat flour. Try it both ways…the extra depth of flavor from the whole wheat flour will make you fall in love with this bread all over again!
Banana Walnut Bread
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs separated
- 3 ripe bananas mashed
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cream together the butter and sugar in an electric mixer fit with paddle attachment.
- Add the egg yolks and beat well. Blend in the bananas, vanilla, lemon juice, and walnuts.
- Mix in the flour and baking soda until fully incorporated, but don’t over beat. Add hot water.
- Beat the egg whites and fold into the batter. The batter will be lumpy from the bananas and walnuts, but remember not to overbeat.
- For muffins, bake for approximately 20 minutes. (Note: Mini-loaves will take closer to 45+ minutes to bake while large loaves will take 60+ minutes. The loaves are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.)
So grab those overripe bananas off the counter and get to baking…then sit down with a hot cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the season!