Banana-Walnut Mini Loaves Recipe
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Banana-Walnut Mini Loaves Recipe

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We have many walnut trees in Pennsylvania. You have to collect and crack a lot of nuts for a pound of meat—but oh how good the baked goods taste!—Lee Sauers, Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped black walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

2 slice: 169 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas.
  2. Combine the flour, cardamom, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg; gradually add to banana mixture just until moistened. Fold in walnuts.
  3. Pour into six greased 4-1/2-in. x 2-1/2-in. x 1-1/2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the spread ingredients. Serve with bread. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6 loaves (4 slices each) and 1 cup spread.
Originally published as Banana-Walnut Mini Loaves in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p89

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Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"Marian08 - Relax and don't be so negative. Relax, some of us enjoy hearing other options to try. Read between the lines, we are saying we enjoyed the recipe as is, but also enjoyed it this way too. Free yourself...Think outside the box. Life is too short to let a recipe review "annoy"you. Don't sweat the small stuff."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I added mini chocolate chips and everyone went crazy!"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"I've made this recipe twice now and my family eats it up! It was moist and flavorful. I added chocolate chips to some of the batter and that was great, also."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"loved it!!!!thank you!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"The bread is rather heavy. I used English walnuts, otherwise, the recipe is the same. I will not make this particular recipe again. Maybe it is the cardamon."

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