As part of a whole foods diet, I try to feed my family whole grain treats. This whole wheat banana nut bread is loved by my whole family.
There are two reasons I love this bread. First, bananas are so inexpensive. They are not on the “dirty dozen” list, so you can choose to buy them organically grown or conventionally grown. However, there tends to be only 10 – 20 cents price difference, and they are almost always under a $1/lb. PLUS, if you buy them overly ripe, like they are in the picture below, you can get additional savings off the per pound price!
Second, this is a great bread to introduce your family to whole wheat flour. It has just the right amount of sweetness to mask the heavy whole grain taste, so everyone is sure to love it.
Not so sure you want to make a 100% whole wheat flour recipe? Can I introduce you to whole wheat pastry flour?
Throw in the fact it is pretty much foolproof, and you’ve got the perfect Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread Recipe!
Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread
- 1/2 C unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 3/4 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 3 over ripe bananas mashed
- 1/4 c honey
- 2 eggs
- 2 C whole wheat flour
- 1/2 C chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
- In mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add banana, honey, and eggs. Beat until smooth.
- Stir in flour and nuts until well combined.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, cover the bread with foil to prevent over-browning. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of the loaf comes out clean.
- Remove bread and let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and allow to continue to cool.
BTW: I’ve had a few compliments on my napkins/placemat in this photo. If you would like to take a look at them for your self (they make me happy!), you can order them here. Just search placemats.