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Orange Banana Nut Bread

I like this recipe because the orange juice gives the nut bread such a bright flavor and also makes it moist. —Barbara Roethlisberger, Shepherd, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the sugar, oil and eggs; mix well. Stir in bananas and orange juice. Combine the dry ingredients; add to banana mixture, beating just until moistened. Stir in walnuts. Pour into 2 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans.
  • Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap cooled loaves in foil; freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 176 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Hanne
    Jun 4, 2020

    I reduced the sugar to one cup and increased the oil to 1/3 cup. I also replaced 1 cup of all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. Finally, since I didn't have any nuts, I used dried cranberries instead. Turned out nice and moist, and plenty sweet enough.

  • Kimberly JT
    May 17, 2020

    Addendum to previous review (17 May 2020): Following our tried-and-true family recipe for banana bread, I used light brown sugar in this one.

  • antwerp
    Apr 10, 2020

    I always add 2 T of orange zest and a teaspoon of orange extract to get a true orange flavor.

  • meaganteal
    Jul 30, 2017

    Although a good banana bread recipe, we couldn't taste the orange at all. Will try again tomorrow after the flavors have settled.

  • lvarner
    Jun 4, 2017

    I loved the flavor and texture combinations in this quick bread. With the addition of orange, it is especially nice for the holidays. The one thing I changed was the amont of oil: to me, the finished product seemed a bit dry so I increased the oil to 1/2 cup with good results. I also baked the bread the day before and, after cooling completely, wrapped the loaf in foil e By the next day, it was much more moist (just the way I like it). Don't skip the walnuts - they add great texture and flavor, I think!

  • Debglass11
    Dec 29, 2016

    This was really good! A very moist banana bread with a hint of orange. The recipe made two loaves, so I froze one for Christmas Day and shared the other. I did omit the walnuts, only because I didn't have any. It didn't affect the recipe at all - although I'm sure the walnuts would be great if added! I'll put this one away in my Christmas Baking File!

  • lomckenna
    Oct 4, 2014

    This is one of the best banana breads I have ever made. Super moist and very flavorful. Only had 1 cup of white sugar so added quarter cup light brown, recipe was very forgiving. Made 4 small loaves ,baked for 25 minutes, turned out great!Thank you,I will definitely make again.

  • nawilliams4203
    Aug 8, 2014

    This is the best Banana Bread Recipe thus far.....

  • lhangel
    Dec 10, 2013

    An absolute 10 ! Have yet to find anyone who didn't like this - even used the nutritional facts for those on weight watchers to be able to figure their points. (Which is 4 points per slice.)

  • Church chef
    Oct 2, 2012

    Delicious. Good texture. Easy to prepare.