Toasted Walnut Banana Bread

12 Feb

I wouldn’t usually bake banana bread in February. It belongs to autumn, when the air smells like peat and burning leaves. Just as Truman Capote’s Aunt Sookie knew fruitcake weather, I know banana bread weather.

But this is one of my honey’s and my puppy’s favorites. So I turned on some Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens- my quintessential autumn soundtrack- got my bake on and got lost in nostalgia.

This recipe comes from fellow Vancouver blogger, Vancity Allie. Check out her blog, it’s excellent and totally captures life on the West Coast!


  • Butter, 1/2 cup
  • Brown Sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Sugar,1/2 cup
  • Eggs, 2, large
  • Bananas, 4, ripe
  • Lemon Juice, 2 tablespoons, freshly squeezed
  • Vanilla, 2 teaspoons
  • Cake Flour, 1.5 cups, seived
  • Baking Soda, 1 teaspoon
  • Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Walnuts, 3/4 cup, chopped and toasted (walnuts are a super food!)
  • Dark Chocolate, 1 cup, small pieces (optional)

Toasted Walnut Banana Bread:

  • Toast walnuts at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Set out 4 large bowls.
  • First Bowl: Mix butter and sugars in an electric mixer. Then, mix in eggs, 1 at a time.
  • Second Bowl: mash bananas and add lemon juice and vanilla.
  • Add the contents of Bowl 2 to Bowl 1 and mix.
  • Third Bowl: mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Fourth Bowl: mix toasted walnuts and chocolate.
  • Add the contents of Bowl 3 to Bowl 1 and mix.
  • Add the contents of Bowl 4 to Bowl 1 and mix.
  • Add mixture to a generously buttered bread pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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