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Banana Walnut Snack Bread

Banana Walnut Snack Bread

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There are so many classic combinations when it comes to loaves or snack breads. Banana walnut is definitely high ranking in this category. I think it has a lot to do with the flavor profiles of walnuts and bananas marrying together in this loaf, with a dash of cinnamon for good measure. This delicious banana walnut snack bread is the most perfect breakfast option, afternoon snack, or “I’m hungry but I don’t really know what I want to eat” treat. I have dabbled in making other snack breads such as my Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread or smaller muffin squares such as Pumpkin Spice Muffin Bars, but this one takes the cake, or loaf? Nevertheless, this snack bread is heavenly and you really need to make it.

banana walnut bread

When making breads or loaves, there’s a few things to keep in mind. For starters, they always bake longer than you might think. I initially started this bake for 35 minutes, quickly realizing that it was still incredibly jiggly and underbaked. Using a toothpick here really helped me out when trying to nail the timing. Another thing to consider is over-mixing the batter. When any muffin or bread batter is over-whisked the batter gets very gummy and can dry out. A recipe that says “work until just combined” literally means STOP MIXING when all of the flour is incorporated. Yes, put that whisk down the minute the flour is fully incorporated. Some lumps is perfectly fine.

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banana walnut snack bread

One final consideration is to let the batter sit for at minimum 20 minutes. Why? This allows the gluten to work its magic with the baking powder and all other ingredients, resulting in a perfectly raised bread with the “bakery style” height you’re vying for when making this.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 small bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (125 mL)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (80 mL)
  • 274g all purpose flour (I love baking with Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

In a large bowl, mash the two bananas using a fork and crack in the two eggs. Pour in the oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. Whisk the wet ingredients together until the oil and sugar are well blended. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and mix. Pour half of the dry ingredients into the wet and whisk to incorporate the flour. Add in the remaining flour, whisk until just combined. Let the batter sit on the counter for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, line a loaf pan with parchment and spray non-stick spray onto the parchment; preheat the oven to 350º. Once the 20 minute resting period is up, pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly across the pan. Drop a few extra walnuts on top and bake for 1 hour. Check the doneness of the snack bread by inserting a toothpick into the center, it should come out clean when fully baked. Let cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Banana Walnut Snack Bread

A perfect treat! This banana walnut snack bread will fill your home, and belly, with deliciousness any time of the day!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Comfort
Keyword banana bread, breakfast, dessert, easy recipe, healthy, snack bread, walnuts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Morgan Peaceman

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas small, mashed
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 6 oz coconut sugar
  • 125 mL avocado oil
  • 80 mL maple syrup
  • 274g g all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mash the two bananas using a fork and crack in the two eggs. Pour in the oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. Whisk the wet ingredients together until the oil and sugar are well blended.

  2. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and mix.

  3. Pour half of the dry ingredients into the wet and whisk to incorporate the flour. Add in the remaining flour, whisk until just combined. Let the batter sit on the counter for 20 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, line a loaf pan with parchment and spray non-stick spray onto the parchment; preheat the oven to 350º.

  5. Once the 20 minute resting period is up, pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly across the pan. Drop a few extra walnuts on top and bake for 1 hour. Check the doneness of the snack bread by inserting a toothpick into the center, it should come out clean when fully baked.

  6. Let cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

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