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Banana-Walnut Mini Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

6 loaves (4 slices each) and 1 cup spread

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

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large 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
  • CINNAMON SPREAD:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  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 4-1/2x2-1/2x1-1/2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.

Nutrition Facts

2 slices with 4 teaspoons spread: 169 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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