Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Banana Nut Bread

 I usually make banana bread when I have some over ripe bananas that are just begging to be used.  If I catch them before they become too ripe then I will usually make banana puddingThose overripe bananas help make this bread so moist!  This really is a fairly simple bread to throw together.  You can make it with or without the streusel topping.   I do like to add some banana extract to the batter because I like a really strong banana flavor but if you don't have it on hand, just substitute with vanilla extract.
For the bread:
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/3 cup melted butter
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract 
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup chopped walnuts

Optional Streusel Topping:
¼ cup flour
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray loaf baking dish with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, butter and sugar and extract. Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix until combined then stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into baking dish. 

If you want to make optional streusel topping:  Combine flour, butter and sugar until crumbly.  Sprinkle on top of batter.  Bake for about an hour. Bread should spring back to the touch. Or you can insert a toothpick in the middle. It should come out clean (no batter sticking to it). 

Allow to cool before slicing.  
Printable Recipe Here


Cassandra said...

This looks yummy!

Lisa said...


Jill (jillpickle, jillpickle74) said...

Looks great! Jon is a banana nut! Have to give it a whirl for him :)

Annie said...

I love banana nut bread! Never would have thought of putting struesel on top. Ingenius!

Sandra said...

Delicious! I love this recipe!

Mother Rimmy said...

I adore Streusel topping on anything! Add banana bread and this is perfect.

Moogie said...

Yum.... I'm your newest follower.

Kori said...

Yum! Banana bread is a favorite in our house, but I've never made it with a topping. Might have to do that next time! :)

Miz Helen said...

I love Farmers Market, it is so much fun! Your Banana Bread looks so good...We are going to really enjoy it here at Full Plate Thursday. Thank you so much for bringing it today and please come back!

Melynda said...

Stopping by from Full Plate Thursday, I have made a lot of banana bread, but never with a topping. Looks great and I can't to make this version. Thanks.

Catalina said...

I love bananas in any form and bread is one of my most favourite ones :) Yours looks so exquisite! It's a great idea to sprinkle the bread with streusel (haven't thought of that before) - I'll have to try it next time when making bread :)

Lisa said...

Yum, I love banana bread and I love streusel. I can't imagine why I never thought of making one with the other. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

Art By ASM said...

I love everything about this! I am going to make this today and post it on my blog and link it back to you! I bet this streusel would be awesome on zucchini bread. I have some to use!

Donnaquilt said...

I'm going to get up early in the morning and pop this in the oven. My family will be blessed with the wonderful smells when it is baking. What a nice way to wake up!!

Thanks for sharing!! Donna

Karen Dyck said...

I made this last night - it was amazing! thanks for sharing the recipe!! I want to post it on my facebook (with your link) to share

Shellie Masini said...

This looks wonderful!! Im wondering, when a recipe calls for All-purpose flour, is there any way to use Self-Rising rather than A.P.? Thanks for the suggestions-
Love all of your recipes, Brandi!! You make executing them so much easier than any other blog Ive read-
Thank you for that! Youre the best!! :)

Anonymous said...

I always make 2 batches, never thought about cinnamon before! hubby will like it even better! :)

Michelle P said...

I just made this without the nuts. The streusel topping was to die for! This is definitely going to be my new go-to when I have old bananas.

Crystal said...

I made this tonight without the topping. DELISH!!

Emma said...

SOOO GOOD. I opted to leave out the nuts and add chocolate chips. Nice and light and fluffy. Would definitely make again!

Birdseed said...

Banana cake is always yummy. When bananas are starting to go black and you don't have time or have the energy to make a cake, they can be peeled and frozen. When you are ready to make a cake, just take them out of the freezer and within 10 minutes they are ready to use for baking.