Yes, as random as it sounds, I made Banana Walnut Bread from a recipe card that was provided at a local Starbucks that I went to a few months ago. I thought it was interesting that they were sharing their recipes to their customers. Here’s what they wrote on the recipe card:
We’re making a change by using simpler recipes and taking out artificial ingredients. So your food not only tastes better, it is better. It’s a start, and we think it’s a good one.
We hope you’ll try this recipe at home. It’s just one of the delicious new treats you can enjoy when you visit us.
Your Friends at Starbucks
So, I gave in and made the recipe…. because afterall, I am a fan of Banana Walnut Bread. What I’m not a fan of is coffee, so it’s rather ironic that I was even inside this Starbucks. But thanks for this awesome recipe, Starbucks! I’m definitely going to make this again.
Like the name, banana and walnuts must be incorporated into the recipe, or else it won't be Banana Walnut, right? You will need 3 ripe medium bananas and a little more than 1/2 cup of walnuts.
Somehow, somewhere, we had some whole walnuts in its shell in our cupboard. We didn't have 1/2 cup, so we cracked all the ones we had to add to the batter. I still have no idea how we got these walnuts!
In a bowl, add 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt. In another bowl, mix together 1 egg, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
Next, add the flour mixture to the egg batter and mix together. Then, add 2 tbsp buttermilk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, and the 3 mashed bananas and mix until well combined. Finally, fold in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle with 1/3 cup chopped walnuts. Bake for 60 minutes at 325-degrees, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
This is how the loaf of bread should look when it's done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
I was pleasantly surprised that this recipe was moist and not overly sweet. Even after a few days, the Banana Walnut bread is still soft and tasty. What I liked about this baking experience is that I didn't have to whip out the huge Kitchen Aid mixer! Everything can be done by hand, so it's less mess and very simple. Definitely worth making when you have a few ripe bananas on hand that you want to get rid of!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Banana Walnut Bread from Starbucks