Banana Walnut Bread

by zesty on November 10, 2010 · 49 comments

Happy Wednesday!  WOW what a week.  I am pretty excited to see the holiday around the corner for tomorrow.  I had a lot of fun this week especially the blogging aspect of it.  Despite the fact that work and consumes a large majority of my waking day… I love it!  No complaints from being busy over here.  Do you like being busy?



Today, I thought I would share with you my take of a classic bread -  Banana Bread!  One of my all-time favorite loafs and a great way to use ripened bananas.

Every now and again I feel the need to add some nuts to my Banana Bread recipe for a different texture and flavor combination.  With this loaf I chose the “Walnut”.


  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 4 Mashed overripe bananas
  • 1/4 Cup walnuts


  1. Preheat Oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and white sugar.
  4. In a separate  bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended, then toss in the walnuts.
  6. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  9. Let bread cool in pan for a bit, then flip it out onto a wire rack.


  10. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When bananas are on their last leg on your counter, a great place to store them for either smoothies or baking is in the freezer.  They freeze very well and it will help prolong their useful life.

I hope you get some time in the near future to try this banana bread.  As I mentioned earlier, it is one of my favorite loafs to make and eat.  A slight problem is that I tend to eat the whole loaf.  I especially love the two end pieces.  Do you like the end pieces?

Holiday is upon us… any big plans for you? I hope you have fun with whatever you choose to do and I will see you back here on Friday!

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Take care


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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl

Classic!! And yes, I like the end pieces :-)


2 Meg

I wish I could reach through the screen and grab a piece! The end pieces are my favorite! :)


3 brandi

I love the ends of banana bread :)

I’m going to visit family this weekend and am super excited!


4 girlbeerdrinker

Looks great! We’d be good together. You could have the two end pieces and I could have the rest!!!


5 Steph

I love the end pieces! It’s a good thing there are only 2 ends..hahah.


6 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

I love the end pieces of breads like that… and baking it in an 8×8 or 9×9 pan makes for MORE end pieces!! Great recipe!


7 teresa

Mmm, I could go for that right now for breakfast! Looks delicious!


8 Nila Rosa

I love toasting the bread..especially the end pieces and slathering it with butter. Sooo good.


9 Kaneil, Balance is Best

Really, Cooking?! I wasn’t the slightest bit hungry until I just clicked on this post. That bread looks to-die-for. Yummm!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

I have 4 ripe bananas at home. Guess what I’m doing this weekend! :)


10 Rose

Yum! I’m always looking for different BB recipes.


11 greenbean

i love the ends! and holy butter! those buttery slices in the pictures are to die for.


12 Kayjbe

The end pieces are the best part! Your recipe looks fantastic.


13 Joanne

The banana bread looks really good. I really enjoy a good banana bread – but like to add raisins. As for the end pieces, love them on regular breads but sweet breads – give me the middle, moist, and soft any time.


14 Jonah

This may sound silly, but where’s the walnut in the walnut bread?


15 ZestyCook

@Jonah – Oh my that is not a silly question. I forgot to add the walnuts in the recipe. I just updated it now. My apologies. Thanks for pointing that out.



16 katklaw777

Hi Cooking, I am trying to cut out or at least cut down on my white sugar intake. Your recipe calls for 1 cup, can you help me come up with a healthier substitution? I am pleased that your recipe didn’t have any oil in it, I have learned to substitute apple sauce for that.
Thanks for your help. Your pics are, as always, YUMMY!


17 Cammie

This looks yummy! I will have to try it the next time I have bananas that need to be used! I was going to ask you where the walnuts were? But I see that you corrected it! Have a great weekend! I love reading your blog!!


18 Shelby

I need this! Too bad our bananas aren’t ripe yet…
My mom is going to love this recipe!


19 Leah

I love banana bread!!! Can’t wait to make it again! Great recipe!


20 Cookie

I LOVE the ends and crusts of any type of bread! It’s the best part cuz that’s where all the BUTTER is! :)


21 Lynda

Banana bread is my all time favorite quick bread. Yours looks so moist and delicious!


22 Lori

Always the first to grab the end pieces. Love ‘em! I haven’t made banana bread in a while. You made it sound so good!


23 Culinary Cory

This was a total staple growing up.


24 Kath

Look at that pool of butta!


25 leslie

you can sooo have my end pieces!!!!!!!!!!!!


26 Marianne

I’m generally not an end person. I like the soft middle better of my loaves of bread. My sister and I are famous for avoiding the ends of the bread at all costs – we always make my dad eat them. It doesn’t work so well since I live on my own now, so I end up with bags full of ends in my freezer. HA!


27 Adi (

Oooo looks great. I love banana breads that actually look moist. Thanks for another yummy looking treat!


28 pigpigscorner

Looks so moist! Amazing with the melted butter.


29 Hangry Pants

Delicious! I love all kinds of quick bread, especially banana. I usually like the ends of yeast breads, but not quick breads. I prefer the moist center pieces.


30 Christie @ Fig & Cherry

Great version! The texture looks perfect.

My husband has been known to hide bananas until they’re sufficiently blackened and ready for banana bread – then they turn up back in the fruit bowl… :)


31 Kevin

Great looking banana bread!


32 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

Walnuts are a MUST in banana bread, and your recipe sounds perfect. I’m totally drooling over those pieces pictured with butter. And yes, I love bread “butts” :)


33 Kelsey

Yummmmm! I love a good banana bread!!


34 Kristie

I like the end pieces but I LOVE the more moist center best. Funny thing, I don’t think I’ve ever put walnuts in a loaf of banana bread that I’ve made. I think that needs to change. This one looks beyond delicious.


35 Za

Yummmm!….i love the combination of bananas and walnuts!…have to try it this afternoon for Tea.


36 ayda

I just finished putting the mixture in the oven. Can’t wait to try it. I haven’t made banana bread in a long time.


37 Shobha

This one is my favourite..I have book marked it.


38 Lois

Would I need to make any alterations to recipe if I want to make muffins instead of a loaf of bread?


39 koop

OK When does the sugar/butter mix get combined with the rest of the ingredients?


40 koop

and can the sugar be substituted by any of the sweeteners: Truvia, Splenda etc


41 zesty

@koop – yes you could sub in the sweetners – you may just get a slightly different result. ie. maybe lighter etc.


42 raj

dear sir
make it like burger buns and enjoy more crispy, crunchy,chewy surface like ends


43 zesty

Interesting Idea Raj, I will try that.


44 Lara

Just looking through archives and now I am totally craving this.


45 Jen

Thanks for the recipe! I added semi-sweet chocolate chips to my batter and it was delicious! :)


46 Adriana

This bread is really good. I added about 1 tsp of ground cinammom and 1 tbs spoon of rum to the mashed bananas.


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