Jul 1, 2009

Dislike bananas; Love banana chips

Banana Walnut Bread

Very few people dislike bananas and I am one of them. So why would I make a bread out of ripe, old bananas? Well, I wanted to see if I would like them in bread the way I love snacking on banana chips. Also, it was another opportunity to entre Mena’s Banana bread recipe on Tried and Tested being hosted by Kitschow . I love Meena’s Hooked on Heat blog and though she has not written since Dec of 2008, being busy with writing a cookbook, it is an adventure to try her different recipes.

I have not modified the recipe in any way but have substituted pecans instead of almonds and also added ¼ cup of semi sweet chocolate chips*.

1 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup butter
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup dry shredded coconut
1/2 cup pecans or almonds
¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a loaf pan on all sides.
Melt the butter in the microwave and add flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Stir to mix.
Add the mashed bananas and mix to make a smooth batter.
Stir in vanilla extract, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips.
Pour in the pan and bake for 30 minutes or depending on your oven, till a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
Serve with tea or as an after dinner dessert. The bread is not too sweet, loaded with banana flavor and tastes yummy. Yes, I liked the banana flavor in the bread.

This banana bread also goes to Madhuram's Low Fat Eggless Baking event.

*Note: If you add chocolate chips, the toothpick may come out coated with melted chocolate. In that case insert in another part of the cake.


  1. I too not fond of bananas so much but adore banana cake and with chocolate chips cant ask more!!

  2. Ive recently started making banana bread and I must say it will go very well with the nuts..and chocolate !! Isnt it an added bonus :) ...very nice ! nd wish I had seen this recipe ealier..I missed the TNT this month :(

  3. Jaya, I have a special affection for banana cake/bread because the first baking recipe which turned out good was a banana cake from Indira's blog. You can never go wrong with a banana bread. So I know how good yours would have tasted. Thank you very much for sending it to the event.

  4. Hi Jaya
    PLease come by my website..there is an award waiting for you! Please pick it up.
    Bread looks delicious!

  5. Banana bread is one of my very favorite things to make. I like this version, it looks so moist.

    Stopping by through foodie blogroll, you have a lovely lovely blog!!

  6. I am the opposite. I love bananas but never bake with them. But I'd bake this one - it's got chocolate so it has to be good, right!

  7. Parita you are a sister of my heart.
    Dips, Madhuram, Donna -- Banana bread is one of my favorites from now on as well. And yes Donna it is moist and thank you for the compliment.:) Love your blog and your lovely house as well.
    Jyoti, thank you for the lovely award.
    Simran, anything with chocolate it good :) said the chocoholic.

  8. Hi Jaya,

    Wonderful looking bread - thanks for participating. I hope you are up for this month´s challenge too :-) Details on my Blog - left upper corner.

  9. I love bananas and this looks delish!


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