This Banana Nut Bread tastes and smells amazing. Every time I make it, my kitchen is filled with such a sweet aroma.
I started baking with my Mom during the Holidays when I was little. She always made it so fun. My cousins would come over and it was an all day thing. That really stuck with me and is really where my love of baking began.
This Banana Bread is an all time favorite of mine because it comes out so moist and perfectly sweet every time. This recipe is foolproof!
And I’m so excited for you to try it, so let’s get started!
It’s important to note that you want to use spotted bananas for this recipe. The more spots, the better.
The reason you want to use these bananas specifically is because that is when they are the sweetest. The ones I used were sitting on my counter for about 2 weeks. I wanted to give them enough time to ripen.
Side note: If you happen to have any bananas leftover, you can freeze them and use them for smoothies later.
Along with the spotted bananas, you will need a hand or standing mixer, a small and medium mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a loaf pan, and a dash of Christmas spirit. Ha corny I know, just had to throw that in there.
The first step is to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Second, you want to butter the inside of your loaf pan. This will help to keep the batter from sticking. I just use my handy dandy pastry brush to get the job done.
Make sure that you focus on the corners because that is where the batter tends to stick the most.
I also like to do as much prep as I can before combining anything, this way it makes the process go smoother for me.
So, the third step is to sift all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt) into a small bowl.
This helps to get rid of any lumps and makes for a smoother batter. And that’s what we want.
After that, I smash the walnuts by placing them in a bag and using a small glass cup. You want to use glass or something heavy to help break down the nuts.
Then, once they are smashed into smaller pieces, I put them in a measuring cup so they’re ready when I need to add them into the batter.
Now to put it all together!
First, I add my butter and sugar to a medium bowl.
Then, I mix on low until it reaches a sandy-like texture. The butter does not need to be completely thawed for this.
Next, I add the eggs and bananas, and continue mixing on low. If you have bananas that are not as soft, or didn’t have enough time to ripen, you can mash them in a separate bowl first, then add them to the batter.
Continue blending until the batter is creamy. You can use a spatula to scrape down the sides and make sure everything is thoroughly mixed.
After that, put your mixer aside, slowly add in the dry ingredients.
And stir with your spatula to combine.
Once everything is mixed together, toss in the walnuts. If you don’t like walnuts or have someone with an allergy you can omit this step. The bread comes out just as good and is still moist.
On the other hand, you can add a little more walnuts if that’s what you prefer. Just be careful not to add too many because it can break the batter while baking, causing the bread to fall apart later. I did add another 1/4 cup of walnuts to my batter, just cause I was feeling nutty!
Next, I pour the batter into my buttered loaf pan. My pan size is 9 x 5 inches. If you have smaller pans, no worries, you can simply split the batter up.
Fill the pan about half way. Remember the batter is going to rise, so you don’t want to overfill it.
Bake for 1 hour, then place on a cooling rack.
You can use a toothpick to check that the bread is completely baked through.
The toothpick should come out clean.
Allow the bread to cool for 10 – 15 minutes. Then add to a serving tray or plate.
If we buttered it up enough, the bread should simply pop out of the pan. In case that doesn’t happen, you can use a butter knife to loosen the edges and help you wiggle it out of the pan.
It’s ok if it’s not perfect. Either way it’s going to be eaten…trust me!
This is a great last minute gift idea too. My mom and I sometimes make smaller loafs, wrap them up, put a bow on it, and give them to family and friends.
A slice of this Banana Bread is amazing with coffee in the morning, or for a late night snack. I choose both, but it’s up to you.
I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you try it out, don’t be afraid to post pictures. Merry Christmas!