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Nutty Banana Bread Recipe

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Even Santa wouldn't guess grated potatoes are the "secret ingredient" that makes this quick bread so delightfully moist.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups grated peeled uncooked potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Combine bananas and buttermilk. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternatively with banana mixture. Stir in potatoes and walnuts.
  2. Transfer to two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Banana Nut Bread in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2003, p21

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"We think this is the best banana nut bread recipe every. Moist and delicious. I use dry potato flakes if I don't have time to peel potatoes and they work just fine."

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