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Raisin Walnut Banana Bread

on September 15, 2013

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Raisin Walnut Banana Bread

Raisin Walnut Banana Bread

I should probably stop buying so many bananas at once.  Then again, maybe not.  I’ve made a lot of banana bread in my day and recently I’ve tried other things with ripe, mashed bananas.  Things like banana brownies, healthy Breakfast Cookies and even “pancakes” made of only egg and banana!  Stay tuned for those recipes…

Similar to my PB & J Pancakes, this is just a trusty, old standby bumped up a notch.  Use your favorite banana bread batter and top it with raisins and walnuts… or craisins and pecans… or whatever else you think sounds good!  The best part is that the nuts on top get all toasted and yummy!

UPDATE: Check out There’s more than one way to mash a banana for another flavor combo!

Before you bake it, top it with raisins and walnuts for a toasty topping!

Before you bake it, top it with raisins and walnuts for a toasty topping!

Ingredients:

  • shortening for greasing pan
  • 1 ¼ c sugar
  • ½ c butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ c ripe banana, mashed (3 medium)
  • ½ c milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 ½ c flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ c raisins
  • ½ c walnut pieces
  • butter and cinnamon for serving (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of loaf pans will be in the center.
  2. Grease bottoms of loaf pans with shortening.
  3. Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in eggs.
  5. Add mashed bananas, milk, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.
  6. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Don’t over mix.
  7. Divide batter evenly between the two pans.
  8. Sprinkle ¼ c each of raisins and walnut pieces on top of both pans of batter.
  9. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, though times can vary greatly depending on your oven, so check it with a toothpick when it starts to smell super yummy!
  10. Let it cool in the pan.
  11. When cool, run a butter knife around the edges and then turn it upside down over a cutting board and it should fall out.
  12. Carefully slice it using a serrated knife.
  13. Spread butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Yum!

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • She can peel and start to mash the bananas.
  • Talk about the “stems” of the bananas and how they grow on trees.  Talk about other fruits that grow on trees.
  • Have her arrange the raisins and walnut pieces on top before baking.
Go ahead, have two slices!   Don't forget to top them with butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon!

Go ahead, have two slices!
Don’t forget to top them with butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon!

This recipe is modified slightly from the banana bread recipe found in Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.

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