Banana-nut Bread

This sweet bread has less oil than most traditional recipes, but you won't miss it. Extra bananas keep it moist.

Southern Living JUNE 2006

  • Yield: Makes 10 servings
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Bake:1 Hour
  • Cool:10 Minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 medium-size ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Light whipped cream cheese spread (optional)


1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.

2. Stir together bananas and next 4 ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in walnuts.

3. Pour batter into a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.

4. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Serve with light whipped cream cheese, if desired.

Note: Nutritional analysis does not include cream cheese.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 217
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 7.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 35.9g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Cholesterol: 21mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 183mg
  • Calcium: 42mg

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