Banana Nut Bread

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When the theme for this BM was finalized, I made a list of recipes I want to bake and also made a list of cakes & muffins I could bake in India during my stay there. My older nephew like any child of his age loves cakes and muffins. The plan was to bake at least 5-8 bakes when I was there. However, I could not bake much. I could not figure out my mom’s oven settings. I baked 3-4 times and gave up. Bakes were not perfect but my nephews loved the bakes, including the toddler. I baked all those goodies in my oven after coming back.

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Back in India, one day my sister-in-law was going to discard 3-4 almost ripe bananas as there were no takers. I asked her to hold on to the bananas for a day or two until very ripe and the bake this banana nut bread. Recipe called for baking at 350 for 50-60 minutes and our bread was done in 15 – 20 minutes, despite baking it at 300 – 325F. The taste was good and everyone finished it off but it was a little dry. By then I had already baked 2-3 recipes and gave up. Since my nephews liked the bread, my sister-in-law baked this bread again & second time it came out perfect. This was just before I was returning and I could not take any pictures. My older nephew and I finished off the bread in less than a day & that bread was 3 times the recipe given below. After coming back I baked the bread, not once but numerous times and the number of pictures in various settings is the evidence of that.

I am one of those few people who dislikes banana. I don’t like banana and do not like to touch or taste it. Growing up I was not this pick and did not mind few pieces in fruit salads and desserts but over the years I got very picky. I just could not stand it. My cousin gave this recipe 5 years ago and I just could not get myself to bake it until recently. Actually, I am gradually befriending bananas, especially since last April after trying sel roti. Now I am ok with bananas in bakes and have one more banana bake coming up next week.

Today’s bake is an easy one. The recipe actually calls for mixing up all the ingredients together and bake. But I made it a little complicated by mixing / beating one ingredient at a time. The first time I made this bread here; I made it with 3 bananas and baked it in an 8 ½” square pan. I added too many nuts and I was not very happy with it.

Few days later there was this ripe banana staring at me. I took pity on it and made a mini loaf by scaling down the original by 1/3rd. This time I used few nuts and the bread was great. The loaf was also the perfect size for two of us that finishing it off was not an issue at all. Actually the mini loaf was the perfect size for me to finish it off in less than a day. The bread is not very sweet and it is better less. How can one resist such a guilt free bake!

Source: Cousin S from Chicago
Total Time: 48 – 50 minutes
Preparation: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 38 – 40 minutes
Yields: 1 mini loaf (6 x 3 ½”)


  • 43 grams (1/3 cup) All-Purpose Flour
  • 21.5 grams (1/6 cup) Wheat Flour (I have used atta and also used all-purpose flour)
  • 1/3 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 4 tsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 33 grams (2 tbsp. + 2 tsp.) Brown Sugar (I used dark brown sugar and can be substituted with white sugar)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 tsp. Buttermilk (I used yogurt)
  • 1 medium Ripe Banana, mashed or 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp. chopped Walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a mini loaf pan.
  • In a bowl, mix together flours, baking soda and keep aside.
  • Mash banana and keep aside.
  • In another large bowl, mix oil and sugar.
  • Add egg, yogurt and banana to sugar oil mixture and mix.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  • Fold in walnuts.
  • Pour in the grease pan and bake for 38 – 40 minutes until the loaf is done. If a tooth pick or skewer inserted in the center comes out clean means the bread is done.
  • Let the bread cool for few minutes in the pan, cool on wire rack until the bread is completely cool before slicing.


  • I actually did a few extra steps when preparing the bread batter. The recipe actually says mix all the ingredients except walnut in a bowl, then fold in the nuts and bake.
  • If making full recipe, that is 3 times the recipe given above, bake time is 50 – 60 minutes. Bread can be baked in 8 1/2″ square pan or a loaf fan
  • Wheat Flour – I have used atta instead of wheat flour and also substituted wheat flour with all-purpose flour.
  • Sugar – Recipe calls for brown sugar but white sugar can also be used.
  • Nuts – I used walnuts in this recipe but these can be replaced with almonds or any kind nuts one preferences. Nuts can also be left out.

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20 thoughts on “Banana Nut Bread

  1. Wow Usha, I must appreciate your patience with this bread..enjoyed reading and it felt I was travelling with you through the many journeys you did while making this bread..all the different pictures look very good..I am hoping the recipe you listed out here gives a very small loaf as I too don’t want to end up with a big one!..:)..

  2. The same thing has happened with me in India and I couldn’t understand the head or tail about my sister’s oven settings when we decided to bake something. I got frustrated and made a pressure cooker cake instead. 🙂
    We are fans of banana bread at home and your version looks good.

  3. Enjoyed reading your trials with the this bread. Banana bread is such a popular recipe for ripe bananas and your looks perfect.

  4. Yup, me too. Couldn’t figure out the Indian oven. I thought how hard could it be, but then it is a little tough to figure Indian ovens, I guess we are so used to the US models 🙂
    Banana bread is one of our favorite and keep making it quite often. Love your version with nuts — looks yummy!!

  5. I am still not able to get over the fact that you dont like bananas!!! My husband hates it in bakes, but he loves bananas as such :-). Anyway, despite the dislike, its great that you are befriending it slowly. And the bread is a heaven for the lovers of the fruit, I tell you!!

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