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Poppy Seed-Banana Mini Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.


3 loaves (6 slices each)

These lovely loaves from Katherine Stallwood of Kennewick, Washington are absolutely perfect for gift giving. A surprising hint of orange adds a unique touch to this banana bread which is crunchy outside and deliciously moist inside.


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts


  1. In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes or until crumbly. Beat in egg and bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; beat into banana mixture just until blended. Stir in poppy seeds and orange zest.
  2. Transfer to three 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. For topping, cut butter into brown sugar until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 160 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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