Black Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

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Black Walnut Banana Bread.
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Black walnut (Juglans nigra) isolated in front of white background.


  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1⁄2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄3 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped black walnuts, divided


    • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan and set aside.
    • In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork until mostly smooth. Blend in butter, egg, vanilla, and brown sugar.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Stir into banana mixture and mix to combine.
    • Stir in 1⁄3 cup walnuts.
    • Turn mixture into prepared loaf pan, and sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
    • Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    • Cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from the pan.

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