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Go Nuts For Banana Bread

Go Nuts For Banana Bread

This is a great way to use those ripe bananas no one wants to eat ! The riper the bananas, the sweeter and better the banana bread will be. This bread makes great toast when spread with a little butter.

  • Yield: 1 loaf, serving 8


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable shortening or unsalted butter
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnut pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour


  • Make sure the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Lightly grease a 6 by 9-inch loaf pan with the vegetable shortening or butter.

  • Peel the bananas and place in a small mixing bowl. Mash with the back of a fork until there are no big lumps remaining.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, and sour cream, and whisk until smooth.

  • Add the cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt, mashed bananas, and walnuts to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.

  • Add the flour and stir until just combined. Do not overmix!

  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake until golden brown and risen, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the loaf from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes in the pan. Turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling before serving.

  • Donít be alarmed when your banana bread splits open on top while itís baking; this is supposed to happen. To be sure your bread is done, perform the toothpick trick.