Easy walnut banana bread made with greek yogurt and very simple ingredients. This banana bread is super moist, soft and fluffy with a lovely crispy exterior.
Lately, I’ve been obsessing over banana bread. Banana bread is just one of these things that I don’t mind having for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It also makes the perfect snack. And when I say obsessing, I mean that I’ve been doubling the quantity and baking 2 loaves at once every single weekend for the past month!
My partner loves banana bread as much as I do, so it made it to all the lunch boxes that we’ve been taking to work with us. He works in an office in the corporate world, and I work in my own creative office creating content to share with my readers. I split my time between cooking and photography, and then editing, writing, working on strategies and all of the work that goes behind my blog.
I spend one or two days a week cooking (for the blog and for us) and doing photography, and do everything else during the 3 or 4 days that are left. So imagine all the meal prep that I have to do to make sure that I don’t spend much time in the kitchen when I should be working in the office. And this banana bread is a lifesaver! It is the moistest banana bread that I’ve ever had and made, and it’s just perfect for lunch boxes!
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT BANANA NUT BREAD
The ingredients in this recipe are quite simple! Basically, things that you normally find in your kitchen.
To make this banana nut bread you need 2 ripe bananas. If you have overripe bananas, feel free to use them as that would result in a dense but moist caramel like banana bread that you will love.
2 eggs at room temperature
all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt
baking soda and lemon juice to activate it
Sweeten the banana bread with agave syrup and brown sugar, I used sugar to give this banana bread the lovely crunchy exterior
a handful of crushed walnuts or any other nut that you would like to use. Almonds work very well in this recipe too.
You could use a cake pan for this recipe, and make a round banana bread cake. However, my favourite way to bake banana bread is in the classic loaf pan. I also love the fact that loaf slices fit perfectly in lunch boxes.
Preheat your oven to 180c, and grease the loaf pan with nonstick spray.
In a bowl, combine the flour with the salt and set aside. Take another bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, then add the eggs along with the yogurt, agave syrup, brown sugar, lemon juice and mix well until combined.
Add the baking soda to the mixture, and it will be activated by the lemon juice. This will ensure that your banana bread is moist and fluffy.
Combine the dry and the wet ingredients, and mix lightly with a spatula. Be careful not to overmix your batter. As that can result in a tough super dense bread.
Fold in the crushed walnuts, and pour the batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with more walnuts on top of the batter.
Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of the bread.
Wait for the loaf to be completely chilled before you start slicing.
THE SECRET TO A MOIST AND FLUFFY BANANA BREAD
Baking soda requires an acid to be activated, in this recipe I’ve used both yogurt and lemon juice that will activate the baking soda. That will result in a super moist, soft and fluffy banana bread.
This banana bread can be ready in less than an hour, so make sure to try this recipe and let me know what you think!
If you try this recipe, please don’t forget to rate it and share a picture on social media, tagging #NourishPlate in your posts. I would really love to see your creations. Bon appetit!
Banana and Walnut Cake
- 1 and ½ cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 bananas very ripe, mashed
- ½ cup (120 grams) yogurt
- ¼ cup (50 ml) agave syrup
- ¼ cup (50 grams) light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup (125 grams) walnuts
- Preheat oven to 355°F (180°C) and grease a loaf pan.
- In a bowl, combine flour with salt and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs then add mashed bananas, yogurt, agave syrup, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Mix well until combined.
- Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients and mix lightly with a spatula. Make sure not to over mix the batter.
- Fold in crushed walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Make sure that the loaf is completely chilled before removing from pan and slicing.