Banana Walnut Bread
Banana Walnut Bread is a fabulous homemade bread for the breadmaker! Instead of the normal sweet banana bread recipes, this one is a yeast bread made with walnuts, but it is not as sweet, and it is light and fluffy the way yeast breads are supposed to turn out. I loved the way this home-baked bread tasted. It was so delicious. Plus, since it was made in the breadmaker, I only had five minutes of work tossing the ingredients into the bread canister and the breadmaker did the work. Yay!
I had a friend at church tell me she was putting on a bridal shower for someone and since it was in the afternoon they were having salads. She wanted homemade breads to accompany the salads (along with cake). I volunteered to make a couple of loaves of bread in the breadmaker. I had seen this recipe as one I had collected a few years ago and wanted to give it a try even though I had to increase the ingredients to make a two-pound loaf instead of a one-and-a-half pound loaf.
I added vital wheat gluten to the recipe and had to cook it longer for the bread to finish completely, so the wheat bread cycle rather than the basic bread cycle is the best option for this bread–even though it doesn’t include whole wheat flour.
Who doesn’t love a good tasty loaf of Banana Bread? Banana bread has always been one of my favorite homemade sweet breads since I was a little girl. My favorite recipe is one that’s loaded with chocolate chips and nuts. But I couldn’t resist the challenge of making a banana bread with yeast and in my breadmaker!
Also I wanted to see what it would taste like when it wasn’t as sweet as normal recipes for Banana Bread. I decided to use honey instead of brown sugar, and as I mentioned earlier, anytime I can use the breadmaker it’s a win-win for me. Plus, there’s just something about giving away loaves of homemade bread (because so few have the time anymore to make it).
Well this bread was a hit with all the ladies at the bridal shower, and I’m sure it will be a hit with your family too. The next time you want a scrumptious and wholesome banana bread recipe without all the sugar–but just as tasty–then give Banana Walnut Bread for the Breadmaker a try! You will have difficulty sticking to just one slice of this amazing homemade bread.
Banana Walnut Bread is a wonderful home-baked bread using the breadmaker!
The texture is light and fluffy.
This close up shows the texture of the bread. You can see tiny pieces of walnuts interwoven into the bread.
Here’s what I did.
These are the ingredients I used to make the bread.
Layer ingredients into your bread canister and bake on a whole wheat setting for about 4 hours or 4 hours 30 minutes until bread is completely done.
Allow bread to rest in breadmaker 15 minutes after finishing. Remove from oven and butter top and sides of bread to prevent the crusts from hardening.
Allow the bread to rest an additional 15 minutes. Slice down bread into individual slices. We’ve found that an electric knife works best to cut the bread.
The honey, cinnamon, walnuts and mashed bananas provide amazing flavor.
This breadmaker bread has amazing taste. It received raved reviews at the bridal shower.
Here’s the recipe.
BANANA WALNUT BREAD FOR THE BREAD MACHINE
(Recipe adapted from Cooks Recipes)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup banana, mashed (I used 3 bananas which was a little more than 1 cup)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 5 tbsp. honey or brown sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 ½ cups bread flour
- 1 cup finely diced walnuts, toasted
- 1 ½ tsp. active dry yeast
- 4 tsp. vital wheat gluten
- Layer ingredients in bread canister in order listed.
- Select whole wheat bread cycle or allow the bread to bake at least 4 hours 30 minutes.
- Allow bread to rest about 15 minutes in breadmaker before removing.
- Brush top and sides of bread with butter to prevent crusts from hardening.
- Allow bread to rest another 15 minutes before cutting down into slices.
- Makes one 2-lb. loaf, or about 10 large slices.
Banana Walnut Bread is so easy to make because you just dump everything into the bread canister and push a button!
This bread had the flavors of banana bread without the extra sweetness, but with the airiness of yeast breads. It was awesome!
Banana Walnut Bread is great slathered with butter alone, but I also enjoy my breads spread with honey or jam.