I feel like 2018 has been a slow start for me. We’re already a third of the way through the month and I’m just getting back into the groove of things. I’m hoping to pick up the pace very soon, as I have big plans for this year, starting with a home office remodel and maybe even a new blog. How do you guys feel about wine and dessert pairing?
Anyways, to kick things off for the new year, let’s talk about this amazing maple glazed banana walnut bread. I love adding walnuts to my banana breads. It adds a nice contrast in texture to the soft and moist bread. I also love pairing the flavor of maple syrup and walnuts together. It reminds of my childhood and going out for ice cream with my mom. It was her favorite ice cream flavor.
This banana walnut bread is full of crunchy walnuts and fruity banana flavor. It’s topped with a thick creamy glaze that has a sweet-smokey maple flavor. Crunchy, creamy, sweet and fruity – this banana walnut bread has it all!
- 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1½ tsp (8g) baking soda
- ½ tsp (2g) salt
- 1 cup (245g) ripe mashed bananas
- ½ cup (125ml) vegetable oil
- ½ cup (125ml) maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
- 1 cup (125g) chopped walnuts
- 1 cup (125g) powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp (30ml) maple syrup
- 1 tsp (5ml) maple extract
- 1-2 tbsp milk or cream
- ¼ cup (30g) chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 325F and grease a 9x5" loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, toss together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, vegetable oil, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together until almost combined. Fold in the walnuts until just combined. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before glazing.
- To make the glaze; whisk together the powdered sugar, maple syrup and extract in a small bowl. Add just enough milk or cream to make the glaze smooth. Slowly pour over cooled bread. Sprinkle with walnut pieces. Let dry for a few minutes before slicing.
I’ll be sharing this at Fiesta Friday #206 hosted by Angie, co-hosted by Shinta @ Caramel Tinted Life and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens.