Banana Bread Topped with Walnuts & Brown Sugar

Banana Bread Topped with Walnuts & Brown Sugar

This recipe was formed, as all good banana bread recipes are, out of a desperate need to use my over-ripened bananas. 

I scoured the internet and all of my most trusted cookbooks for a banana bread and could find none that called for less than 5 bananas. I only had 3. I desperately wanted banana bread at this point, in fact I couldn't live without it. So without the option of buying overripe bananas at the grocery store, I had to make do. I went ahead and created my own using a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I'll admit I over did it on the salt, because yes, even trained chef's make mistakes. Don't get me wrong, I prefer all of my sweets to be extra salty, but this was a metallic taste or something, just a little too far. Don't worry, it's has been corrected in the recipe shared below. And considering all of the variables in making a baked good at your whim, I would say my banana bread came out surprisingly well for the first go. I guess that's the beauty of quick-breads though, never too much effort or craziness needs to happen to end with a yummy treat.  

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Simple Banana Bread
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 over-ripe bananas (1 for garnish)
  • 1 stick butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped for garnish
  • 1 tsp brown sugar for garnish
1. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. 2. Mix on medium speed two bananas, sugar, vanilla, and butter for 3 minutes - it should be light in color. 3. Add egg and mix on slow speed until just combined, then add flour mixture in 3 increments until just combined and batter is formed.
4. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and pour in the batter. Sprinkle on top the walnuts and brown sugar and (optional) garnish with banana. 5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 loaf