Banana Nut Bread

Linda Mericle


Here is one of my oldest banana bread recipes from a "Farmers Journal" bread book of some kind. The recipe is almost illegible it is so old, so I am glad I can preserve it now. You can make it as a basic banana nut bread, or add cranberries, chocolate chips or anything else to jazz it up.

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15 Min
1 Hr 15 Min


2 c
flour, all purpose
3/4 c
sugar (i like to mix white and brown sugars)
1 Tbsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
11/2 c
quick oats (can use old fashioned, chopped up)
1/3 c
1 c
mashed bananas
1/2 c
1 tsp
3/4 c
walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/2 c
optional add ins like cranberries, dates, chocolate chips-optional

How to Make Banana Nut Bread


  • 1Preheat oven to 350.
    Mash the bananas with a fork or other kind of masher. Set aside.
    Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.That would be the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and oats. Cut the butter in with a pastry cutter or your fingers.
  • 2Put liquids in a bowl and mix together. The milk, egg and vanilla. Add to the mashed bananas and put all this into the dry ingredients, mixing with a whisk or wooden spoon until just mixed. Fold in the walnuts. At this point you might want to fold in other add-ins. Or scoop out some batter, add say, chocolate chips to it and put into a smaller loaf pan, then put something else in the rest of the batter for yet another pan.
  • 3Pour into an 8" loaf pan or 2 smaller pans. Bake until golden brown and a straw poked through the middle comes out clean. Just when you think its done, give it at least another 5 minutes. Sometimes they look done, then as they cool, they collapse. An 8" loaf pan will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to bake.
  • 4Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to finish cooling on a rack.

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About Banana Nut Bread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #Oats, #bananas