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Banana-Walnut Mini Loaves

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
    6 loaves (4 slices each) and 1 cup spread


  • 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
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 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.
  • Combine the flour, cardamom, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg; gradually add to banana mixture just until moistened. Fold in walnuts.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • kloe49
    Dec 16, 2012

    No comment left

  • vgniaz
    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.

  • vgniaz
    Oct 22, 2012

    I added mini chocolate chips and everyone went crazy!

  • cindikg
    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.

  • nurs4us
    Sep 23, 2012

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  • tukan
    Sep 23, 2012

    loved it!!!!thank you!

  • SandraHammons
    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.

  • SandraHammons
    Sep 23, 2012

    I am in the process of making this recipe. Cardamon is very expensive. I bit the bullet and bought a 1.75 oz bottle for $12. You can be sure I will store it properly and use it in more recipes!

  • palm1350
    Sep 23, 2012

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  • Laino
    Sep 23, 2012

    It is so annoying when people who have not tried a recipe give it a rating, especially 5 stars.