Nutty Banana Bread

I know I should start the New Year off with something creative and breathtaking, but in reality, simple and classic sweets are what we eat more frequently than pastry chef style desserts.  Banana bread is definitely one of those simple but fantastic things to have stored away in the kitchen. This recipe was based on an official Starbucks recipe as I do think that Starbucks' is the best I've ever had.  Let me know if you have a good recipe; because it's our favourite cake at home.

1 cup plain flour
1 cup Italian 00 flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup caster sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 heaped tbsp thick greek or natural yoghurt (ie. not overly sweetened)
1 tsp vanilla bean or extract
3 ripe medium-large bananas, mashed
1/3 cup crushed walnuts or almonds + 1/4 cup crushed walnuts or almonds


Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (fan-forced).  Line a loaf tin.  Sift toghether the flours, salt and soda; set aside.  Mix the egg, sugar, vanilla and vegetable oil together in a jug using a whisk until combined; when whisking try to lift so that some air is incorporated for lightness. Pour into flour mixture and stir.  When just combined, add in yoghurt and mashed bananas; stir to combine.  Fold through desired 1/3 cup of nuts, then pour into loaf tin.  Now sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of nuts on top of loaf mixture.  Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.  Leave in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from tin.  Serve!


  1. Banana's and I aren't on friendly terms so I couldn't comment on the Starbuck's version but when I was little my Granny used to make the best banana bread in town! My brother and cousin used to fall on it when it was rolled out for afternoon tea! This one looks great, love the texture it has.

  2. I'm still looking for the perfect banana bread recipe. This one looks great, look at all those gorgeous nuts!

  3. Happy New Year! There's nothing wrong with simple and classic. Banana bread definitely fits in that category :)

  4. Happy New Year! I have to try this, the last i tried another recipe i didn't quite like it..tasted very bland..maybe i was expecting more of the cake version.

  5. ohhh --- looks lovely to me!! :)

  6. While I've never had Starbucks' banana bread, this one definitely looks like a winner- Yum!

  7. A mon tour de te souhaiter une très bonne année, avec plein de projets en cuisine.
    J'aime beaucoup ce pain et je vais essayer de le traduire pour le tester ...

  8. cela me semble délicieux j'aime beaucoup la banane
    je te souhaite une très bonne année 2011
    à bientôt

  9. Happy New Year to you! This bread looks perfect to me!

  10. That looks really good with the nuts sprinkled on top and I bet it tastes delicious too.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year

  11. yum! that looks so good:) thanks for sharing this...happy new year to you and your family:)

  12. Happy new year! Banana bread is such a comforting snack. I love my mom's recipe--it's the best!

  13. Though I'm not a fan of bananas, I do not mind baking and have a piece once in a while. Yours look wonderful. I'm not familiar with Italian flour though! Have a lovely day.

  14. I am very much a fan of bananas and nuts...hence, the perfect comforting slice of banana bread for me please ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  15. this looks really nutty..sure this taste good. is there any other substitution for the italian oo flour?

  16. This looks delicious and I love nuts with bananas. I haven't had Starbucks banana bread in a long time but recall is tasting a bit artificial when I had it years ago. This recipe, however, looks good. My absolute favorite recipe is one I adapted from Recipezaar. It's really moist with fantastic banana flavor: When I'm looking for something different, I like this coconut banana bread with a lime rum glaze: Happy New Year!

  17. Yum! I love walnuts in banana bread, walnuts in fudge, walnuts in chocolate--walnuts in anything. I think they're my new obsession.

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