Walnuts are a great source of fatty acids, they help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, vit E and B complex groups, manganese, copper, iron, potassium and have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Bananas of course are a pretty much over all awesome food. The sweetness eliminates the need for added sugars, the bulk eliminates the need for oil, all the potassium, fiber and B6 and this is one packed loaf.
Why do I make smaller loafs you ask. Hubbs is allergic to Banana, and there is only so much snacking I can do. I prefer savory breakfast and snacks. The recipe can be doubled easily.
And someone please keep bugging me till I make gluten-free flour mix recipes for breads, cakes and bakes, so the recipe can say use a cup of my gf flour blend. :)
More Banana options from the blog.
This Banana Oat Quinoa Quick Bread bar.
Banana Walnut Brown Rice Pudding parfait. GF
Ginger Spiced Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. GF
Banana Oatmeal Quinoa Cookies
And definitely use the fresh walnuts in these Carrot Cake pancakes!. GF option
Mash the banana with the other wet ingredients.
Mix the dry ingredients and drop in a pan and bake.
One of the rare sunny days from March. It is partly cloudy today. If you see me disappear from the blog this Summer, you will know it is Sunny that day ;)
All baked and ready and the house smells amazing!
Banana Walnut Loaf
Allergen information: Free of Dairy, egg, soy, yeast, gluten, refined-sugar. can be made corn-free and oil-free
Makes a medium bread pan. (8.5 by 4.5 inch)
2 ripe Bananas
1 Tbsp oil (optional)
1/4 cup non dairy milk
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (depends on the ripeness of the banana
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Oat flour (certified gluten-free)
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup amaranth flour (or sorghum or millet)
1 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Pre-heat the oven to 365 degrees F.
Mash the bananas well. then mix in all the wet ingredients.
In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Add to the wet and mix to combine.
Fold in the walnuts. Drop the batter in a greased pan.
Even it out and bake for 40 minutes.
I used very ripe bananas. Use stevia/sugar to preference if the bananas are not sweet enough for the loaf. Or if the loaf is already baked and not sweet enough, serve warm with light maple drizzle.
For a with gluten version, use 1 1/4 cup flour (Spelt, white etc) instead of the oat, rice, almond, amaranth flour combination. Mix in with the baking powder,soda, spices and cornstarch. Add 1 cup of dry flour mix to the wet, then add more if needed and bake.
For variations: Add sunflower/hemp/other seeds to make nut-free(Use oat flour to sub almond flour). Add a 1/4 cup cooked quinoa to the batter. Change up the spices.
The walnuts used for this bread are California Walnuts(sample pack was sent to me for review). These were very fresh compared to the hit or miss freshness from bulk bins.