Banana and Walnut Loaf

Banana Walnut Loaf

About 18 months ago, hubby had to go on a business trip to the US. With a very unsettled baby permanently attached to my hip, I decided I wasn’t going to miss out on the fun AND be on my own with Roman, so we went too! While we were in Seattle, I got a bit obsessed with the Starbuck’s Banana Bread. This recipe is meant to be the same, although I can’t quite remember what the original tasted like and I’ve changed it a bit from the recipe I found.

Banana and Walnut Loaf
1 cup plain flour
1 cup wholemeal (whole wheat) flour
1 tsp bi-carb (baking) soda
3 medium bananas
160g (3/4 cup) sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F). Grease a loaf tin and dust with flour, or even better, use your Pan Coat

In a medium sized bowl, sift the flours and bi-carb soda together. Give it a light stir to make sure it is all evenly combined.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add the sugar, egg, oil, yogurt and vanilla and fold it all together. Add the flour in 2 batches and then finally fold in most of the walnuts. Leave some of the walnuts for sprinkling on top.

Pour the batter into the loaf tin and smooth it out. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts. Bake for 1 hr – 1 hr 15 mins, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove from the tin and cool on a baking rack.

Banana Walnut Loaf

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