Best Banana Nut Bread

A great traditional baking recipe goes a step further when you use Blue Diamond Walnuts!

This recipe is posted on their Best Banana Nut Bread they have posted on their website http://www.diamondnuts.com/recipe/banana-bread

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups Diamond of California (R) Walnuts or Pecans

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour or 1 cup all purpose and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

1 1/4 ups mashed ripe banana (about 3 or 4 bananas)

1/3 cup grape seed oil or vegetable oil

1/3 cup buttermilk

*Variation: Spiced Banana Nut Bread

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnemon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

*Variation: Ginger-Banana Nut Bread

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

The Steps

  1. Position rack in center of the oven and preheat to 350F*. Spread nuts in a single layer on a heavy small baking sheet or shallow pan. Toast the nuts in the oven until just golden brown and fragrant, stirring once, about 7-10 minutes for walnuts and 5-7 minutes for pecans. (If nuts are already chopped reduce baking time by 2-3 minutes and watch closely.) Cool and coarsely chop. Maintain oven temperature.
  2. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Dust the loaf pan lightly with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt to blend in a lard bowl. Stir in 1 cup nuts.
  3. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a medium blow to blend. Mix in the bananas, oil and buttermilk.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Pour the batter onto the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup nuts over the batter. Bake until a tester inserted in center of the loaf comes out clean, after about 1 hour. (Cover bread loosely with foil the last 10-15 minutes if top is very brown.)
  5. Cool the bread in pan on rack 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the bread to loosen. Turn the bread out onto the rack and cool completely.

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