Monday, March 7, 2011

Powerful Banana Walnut Bread

In keeping true to my usual self, I've had this lovely Power Foodsbook for well over two months now and just finally got to making one of the recipes.  Sigh.  We love bananas in this house, so this flax infused Banana Bread was the perfect start to this lovely book.  If you haven't picked this up yet, it's worth at least a quick leaf through at the bookstore.  The pictures are so gorgeous and appetizing that you'll be craving veggies in no time.  Now, on to the bread.

Despite being a "healthy" snack, it was pretty darn good - and easy to whip up.  Yay!

2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup mashed banana (about 2)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350.  Spray loaf pan with baking spray.  In a bowl, whisk together both flours, flaxseed, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

In another bowl, with an electric mixer, beat your eggs. Add melted butter, sugar, vanilla and bananas.  Mix until combined.  Add flour mixture and mix on low until just combined.  Stir in walnuts with spatula.

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake until golden, about 30 minutes (recipe calls for 35 but this would've left me with a very dry bread).  Let cool and serve.  Or, if you are like me, wait 2 minutes and grab a quick slice for "taste testing" purposes.  Can be stored at room temp, wrapped in plastic, for 4 days.


  1. Powerful for sure and healthy too! Yum!

  2. Looks so nice, i have not made a banana bread since Christmas, i should soon, thanks for sharing!

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  4. hmmm that looks delicious, I never eat this, i want to try ;-) xxx

  5. I was very happy this turned out yummy. Sometimes I get a little nervous when using those "healthy" cookbooks. :) This will appear in my kitchen again and again.

  6. This looks delightful and sounds scrumptious, Betty! My daughter and I just made banana bread and as I'm commenting, I'm waiting for it to come out of the oven!
    Blessings, Catherine

  7. I love banana bread...and if it can be healthier, I'm all for it!!

  8. Who doesn't love a good moist banana cake! Yours looks fabulous!

  9. Oooh, this sounds fabulous! My kids will eat pumpkin bread but not banana bread, so if I add the ground flax and walnuts to banana bread, they won't mind a bit...and I'll get a yummy loaf for myself!

  10. Wow! That's a very healthy bread, one slice would be perfect for my breakfast. Looks lovely.

  11. Your bread looks good, nice and moist. I like that it had so little butter. I usually search and search for recipes for breads that don't have so much, butter, oil and eggs, and always cut back on the sugar.

  12. Looks great ... I am definately going to be trying this one, there is nothing like a yummy banana loaf!

    I am recovering from the drama of raising a teenager!!! But we saved her from impending trouble... the job of parenting is my most favorite, most challenging and in the end (I hope) most rewarding. Some day she will thank me - I think.

    Make it a great day!

  13. oh wow thats thick!!! <3 powerful indeed, and even has healthy flaxseed to boot!! :)

  14. Banana bread for me any time. This looks so yummy.

  15. Wow, I guess banana bread is well loved. Glad to see I'm not the only one.