½cupOilflavorless oil e.g. (canola, corn, vegetable or safflower oil)
1 ½tablespoonsLemon juice freshly squeezed
1teaspoonPure vanilla extract
¾cupWalnutsToasted and chopped
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) for at least 10 minutes.
Grease the 9x5x3 inches loaf pan using melted butter or spay with cooking oil.
Take dry ingredients (all purpose flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda) in a bowl. Whisk it until everything is well combined.
In another large bowl, take all wet (mashed bananas, oil, vanilla and lemon juice) ingredients. Whisk it really well until combined.
Add dry mixture to wet. Start mixing using a wire whisk. Halfway through switch to a spatula to avoid over mixing.
Mix (with folding motion) using the spatula until everything is just combined. Do not over mix.
Add walnuts (save some to garnish on top). Fold them into the batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle remaining walnuts on top (this step is optional).
Bake into the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the skewer (or spaghetti) inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let it cool in the pan itself for 10 minutes. Then loosen the sides using a butter knife and invert it on the cooling rack. You can slice it while it’s warm or let it cool down completely and then slice.
Make sure to use well ripen with brown spots on them. They offer a natural sweetness with the best flavor. Though avoid the completely black bananas because they are actually starting to rot and don’t have good flavor.
Check the expiry dates on baking soda and baking powder. If they are outdated, bread may not rise properly.
While folding the flour make sure not to overmix the batter. Otherwise, it won’t rise well and becomes dense, tough bread. Be careful not to over-bake for super moist bread.
You cannot skip the lemon juice. In the absence, you can use the same amount of white vinegar.
Do not skip the salt. It keeps it from tasting flat.
Instead of walnuts, try other nuts like pecans, almonds, hazelnuts.
Add ⅛ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg.
Add ½ cup chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.
Add ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut and ½ cup diced pineapples for tropical flavors.
Add ½ cup fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries.