Walnut Banana Bread

By mattantonino | March, 21, 2010 | 5 comments

Banana bread is one of my all-time favorite foods. I’ve never made banana bread from scratch before but I’ve made the boxed stuff since I was a kid. Learning how all of these ingredients work together is great! While researching banana bread for the recipe I learned that the baking soda/baking powder had to be in there to make this particular bread rise. I know you pro chefs are thinking “no duh!” but hey, that’s why I’m starting to cook.

Inspired by Food Wishes and tweaked with help from Cooks.com.

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This is the setup photo for my shoot. I shot this to give you an idea what went into today’s shoot.

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Blend together flour, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (it will look dry and chunky).
  4. Beat the eggs into the butter/sugar mix one at a time until blended.
  5. Mix in the bananas, walnuts, and milk until combined.
  6. Add the dry flour blend and mix well.Pour batter into a lightly floured 9 x 5″ loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before removing from the pan.

    This recipe contains half the walnuts of many walnut bread recipes so if you want to load it up, use a full cup.

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    5 Responses to Walnut Banana Bread

    • Courtney

      I think the banana bread looks delicious. Great photo, love how you even took a photograph to show the setup. Thanks! :)

    • Patricia

      Love the photo shoot info. That’s what I struggle with. Thanks!

    • Happy Cook

      Bread looks so so good, i love banana bread.
      I am so bookmarking this post, especially for that photo setting.

    • I’m terrible because I don’t really do anything to set up the shot, seeing how others do it does help. And the bread well that looks great. I love when it has walnuts in it, that extra crunch is so good.

    • mattantonino

      Banana bread is so classic I didn’t do much with the light. I’m going to try a modified version of this tomorrow.

      Thanks for all the great comments everyone!! Once this banana bread hit Tastespotting I knew it’d get hit but I’m really pleasantly surprised at the views, comments, everything!