This Banana Walnut Bread is easy to prepare and works amazingly every time. It’s a low-effort baking recipe, and the result is always delicious. This classic treat is a beloved favorite for its moist and tender crumb, paired with the natural sweetness of ripe bananas.
I have tested a number of banana bread recipes, and every time,, something didn’t turn out. Too moist, too dry, doesn’t bake well, and the list goes on. Eventually, I combined a few recipes, and the result is this delicious Banana Walnut Bread.
A lot of my baking Inspiration comes from Mary Berry. Her Baking Bible was the only source of information I could ever find to teach me how to bake properly as I’m not a baker at heart. This recipe is strongly based on hers with a little twist.
Ingredients for the Banana Walnut Bread
The ingredients for the banana walnut bread are simple, and the quantities are easy to follow. A few modifications I have made – I use more honey than sugar. The honey is not as sweet and has great health benefits for you.
- Self-raising flour
- Ripe Bananas
- Brown sugar
- Lemon zest
See the recipe card for quantities.
Instructions for the Banana Walnut Bread
What I love about this banana walnut bread is that you need to combine everything and are ready!
Start by adding the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and softened butter (not melted!). You need to incorporate the butter with the dry ingredients until you get something like that:
Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until everything is one consistency.
Hint: My Kitchen Aid has been an absolute life savior on my baking journey. While the product is a bit of a financial investment, it made baking more enjoyable for me. You can use a simple handheld mixer or any other item you have in your kitchen, but I love how easy Kitchen Aid made it for me.
If you don’t have chopped walnuts, put whole walnuts in a bag and use a meat tenderizer to crush them. Be careful how many times you use the hammer, I usually get the desired size after just two or three hits
There are a few things you can replace in the banana walnut bread recipe to make it suit your family’s taste and needs, or simply if you don’t have the ingredients.
- Honey – You can skip the honey and add extra sugar. Be mindful that sugar has a higher level of sweetness than honey, so by doing this, you will increase the sweetness
- Walnuts – You can add pecans instead of walnuts, in certain areas of the states, they are more affordable and easy to find.
You will need a large bowl (I used my Kitchen Aid bowl) to mix everything. One would be enough as you are not required to mix wet and dry ingredients separately.
Then you will need a mixer or if you don’t have access to one a kitchen whisker will do. Keep in mind the mixture will be a bit hard at first and the whisker could prove a challenge but as the ingredients start to blend, this would be easier.
Loaf-shaped baking dish. I used ceramic and covered it with baking paper. If you use metal or other material, you will need to glaze the bottom well with butter to prevent the loaf from being stuck. The baking paper prevents sticking and helps you pull your banana walnut bread easier.
Store in a cool, dry place or your fridge. It would last for up to a week with proper storage. Make sure you cover your bread as it will dry if some moisture around it is not preserved. I use clear foil and wrap it around the loaf. That helps keep it fresh.
Top Tip for the Banana Walnut Bread
Be mindful of your cooking time! My cooking time is based on the equipment I use and my own oven. If you use metal or another baking dish, they might heat slower or faster and change the time needed for your banana walnut bread to be prepared. The first time I baked it, I checked on it a few times with a wood skewer to ensure it was cooked.
Banana bread always tastes best when done with ripe bananas (you are starting to see some dark spots on the peel). While not impossible to use greener bananas, the flavor won’t be as sweet, and you might have a harder time mixing them with the rest of the ingredients.
I recommend using local honey as it has great health benefits. Be mindful as some types of honey could have strong flavor based on what type of plant the bees used.
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Banana Walnut Bread – Easy Recipe
- 8 oz Self raising flour
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 4 oz Butter
- 2 oz Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- Zest of one Lemon
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 Ripe Bananas
- 1 cup Honey
- 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- In a mixing bowl add the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter.
- Mix the butter with the dry ingredient until incorporated. You can use your hands to make it easier.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with a mixer until everything is incorporated well.
- Layer your baking dish with parchemnt paper
- Pour the bread mix in your baking dish and distribute evenly. Make sure one side us not taller than the other as the mix could ba a bit thick.
- Place in the preheat oven and bake for about 75 minutes. Please note that baking time might vary based on the baking dish you are using so make sure to check with a skewer occasoinally.
- The bread is ready when a wooden skewer comes out clean.
Always pay attention to the ingredients you use:
- If you spill any egg while cooking, please clean it as soon as possible
- Make sure the bread is cooked through due to containing eggs. The moisture should come from the bananas and the butter, not the undercooked egg.
- Don’t leave the mixture sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.