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Mary Ellen’s Maple Walnut Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup sugar
¾ stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large or extra large eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup real maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl (I use a Cuisinart food processor), beat together sugar and butter until fluffy. Add in eggs, bananas, maple syrup and vanilla. Beat or process until smooth.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients about 1/2 cup at a time until smooth after each addition. Fold in walnuts or add to food processor and lightly pulse to incorporate.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 15 minutes in pan, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
- Serve warm or cool. Tastes great plain or with cream cheese. Can be sliced and frozen for longer storage.