Bread with Banana Nuts

Walnuts give this healthful banana nut bread texture and flavor. For additional sweetness, use very ripe bananas with brown spots or black bananas. Banana nut bread is soft and caramelized. 

3/4 cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup whole-wheat flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened

2 big egg 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil 1 tsp vanilla 3 ripe, large bananas, mashed (1 1/4 cups) ¼ cup plain whole-milk yogurt ¾ cup toasted, split chopped walnuts (see to Tip)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides.Mix all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a small basin.

Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3–5 minutes until butter is lightened in color and well integrated. Pour in eggs one at a time and beat for 1 minute, scraping sides as needed.  

Beating oil and vanilla takes about a minute. Add bananas and mix for 1 minute. Add yogurt and flour mixture alternately, mixing for 30 seconds per batch until just blended. 

Stir in 1/2 cup walnuts with a spatula. Pour batter into pan. Evenly sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup walnuts. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50–60 minutes. 

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