My daily blog-hunt bought me to this wonderful eggless banana-walnut cake from Mahanandi and i was hooked. My husband loves all the bread experiments I make, so I thought why not make it into a bread recipe. Made couple of variations and the Bread was ready. My variations were inclusion of cinnamon, which I love for its heavenly smell, and wheatgerm. From the moment, I got to know its health benefits, it has been a regular addition in my recipes.  The end result was , that it got over even before I had time to admire it!. This is my entry to Coffee's this month's MBP-Bread and to Ahaar's JFI-Banana
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  • Yields: Makes one 9X5 -inch loaf
  • 1 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • About 2 tbsp wheatgerm
  • 5 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar ( or light brown sugar )
  • 3 ripe bananas, pureed
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat Oven to 400F. Grease a bread/loaf pan Sift the flour along with baking powder,salt,cinnamon in a bowl and then
2. add the wheatgerm
3. In another bowl cream the butter along with sugar and beat till light and fluffy
4. Add the pureed bananas and chopped walnuts and mix.
5. Now add the dry ingrediants and stir to incorporate all together
6. Pour them into the loaf pan
7. and bake for 45-50 min or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.Cool and serve.

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recipe adapted from mahanandi

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By vineeta on Feb 20, 2014

i dnt had walnuts so replaced with  almonds :) :) it is moist n yummm :)

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By Vimal on Apr 21, 2013

too gud

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By Veera on Aug 7, 2012

Hi there! I just made this recipe.. A few things went wrong.. 1st - I took regular granulated sugar and when I tried beating it with the butter, it didn't became fluffy at all.. Could this be because my granules were too big? 2nd - I threw that butter sugar mix out and then proceed to use powdered sugar and beat it with the became nice and fluffy but then when I mixed the bananas in, I noticed that ithe mixture had this small white lines in it.. Is this the result of beating e butter and sugar too much? Anyway I proceeded to pour this into the dry mix and when I mixed it all together it was more like a slightly wet roti dough.. Not at all pouring consistency.. So I added a s,all puréed banana and a teaspoon of milk.. It became wetter but again not really liquids pouring consistency.. What on earth could I have done wrong? I checked the quantities 3-4 times before starting the whole thing.. Please help! I'd love to get this recipe right!!!

By meenakshi on Mar 9, 2012

Hi, I made this in my bread machine today and it was perfect!. :)

Oh I am glad to know that. Many readers do ask me if bread recipes here work in Bread machines. Not having a bread machine myself, I had no idea. So this is helpful.Thank you Meenakshi :) --DK

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By Nisha on Feb 1, 2011

DK ,I have been a silent visitor of your blog for past few months. Your recipes are great but somehow havent baked anything yet :-| This bread looks heavenly and i want to start soon :-P I want to try this and your "Persimmon Walnut Bread" along with many other recipes that i have been bookmarking only. Pls tell me what the size of your loaf pan. Thanx

By Shivani on Aug 9, 2010

iam planing to make tis receipe..but dnt have wheat germ..Can I subsitute it wid sumthing..?? Neither do ihaɶe flaxseed or oats...can cornflakes be used in it or crushed cornflakes...Please tell me..

By Gaya on Jun 8, 2010

baked this bread few days back. it was very good. thanks for this wonderful recipe

By Swati on Jul 15, 2009

Hii DK I was looking for some good banana bread recipes and I came across your blog. The recipes are quite impressive. I was hungry seeing many of the photos :) Just baked the bread, it smells great! I can't wait to eat it (its still hot!) It raised well and fortunately its still that way :) My experience with banana cake/ bread has been bad. The cake always fell flat. I didn't have wheat germ so I used half all purpose, half wheat flour (for pseudo healthy feel). Thanks a lot for this great recipe. Thanks for your sweet comment Swati. Am glad u liked them :) This bread is our fav too

By indhu on Jun 22, 2009

hi yar..u doing a very good job...r u from any culinary school or wat..being an indian..u r baking each and every kind of baking..i seriously could u just decorate very nicely without any experience......u r doing excellent..m trying to make simple banana bread and i have doubt that whether should i need to add baking soda or not and also plz do let me knw the ingredients and also the measurements...thnx in advance. Hi Indhu, your comment made my day. I have been literally jumping around the house ever since I read your comment :) No I am not from any culinary school and I have been baking now for about 2 yrs now! Its just practice and encouragement from fellow bloggers/friends. As for your query, I have a simple Banana bread lined up in my draft to be posted soon - so watch out for it. Its v simple and it was the first bread I ever baked. But if you are in a hurry, lemme know,I will e-mail you the recipe which I like :)

By Dhivya Karthik on Nov 12, 2007

Thanks Anali :) I am an absolute foodie and dieting is an alien word..but I want to have my cake and keep it too ( oh well what r cakes for anyways! ), so try a little smthing here and there to make me 'guilt free' :) to keep gorging away without ballooning myself up!

By Anali on Nov 12, 2007

I love banana bread and yours looks really yummy and healthy, so it wouldn't cause so much guilt! ; )

By Dhivya Karthik on Oct 23, 2007

Hi Jo..

Wheat germ is the embryo of the Wheat grain. Although it is not essential or Important to use this ingrediant in Baking, its a good idea to make use for the sole purpose of the nutrients that it contains. It is rich in Vit B1,B2,B6, contains Octacosanol (food molecules which benefit our body immensely),Vit E,protien,Vit A manganese etc.. PHEW! isnt the list awesome...

I use it in my baking as and when I can. U can substitute equal amount of All piurpose flour instead of wheat germ :)

Yeast is used to assist in the process of fermentation, the absence of which will cause longer wait for breads to rise

By Jyostna on Oct 23, 2007

Dhivi, planned to start off with banana bread...but i found one ingrediant missing...what is wheat germ????And let me know clear usage of yeast in baking dishes.

By Sharmi on Sep 23, 2007

oh your version looks nice. I have added some buttermilk too. you have a nice blog. thanks for dropping by.

By Dhivya Karthik on Sep 21, 2007

Hi MB,

thanks for the compliment..and believe me when I say the pleasure was completely mine to be a part in ur JFI

By mb on Sep 21, 2007

DK - the banana walnut bread looks yummy. Thanks for this beautiful entry for JFI :) -- mandira

By Dhivya Karthik on Sep 18, 2007

Thanks siri :)

By Siri on Sep 18, 2007

Wow.. the bread looks yummy..:D... and lovely pics.. Nice post..