Banana Walnut Apple Bread represents everything that is great about the fall season. Prepared using only one bowl, it has never been easier to fill your house with a fresh-baked aroma.
Banana Walnut Apple Bread reminds me of my mother’s Apple Sharlotka Cake. Simple and satisfying, she made it often and my siblings and I gobbled it up. Inspired by mom’s cake, this recipe ups the ante by adding in bananas, walnuts and greek yogurt. The end result is a bread that is ultra-creamy and the perfect compliment to a nice cup of coffee.
When I have family or friends in town during the Autumn months, I love to have them wake up to this treat baking in the oven. But, it is also perfect to have on hand during the week for a quick breakfast, my kids’ lunches or a yummy snack on the go.
How Do You Keep the Banana Bread Moist?
What makes this bread so special is the use of greek yogurt in the batter. This makes the bread ultra-decadent and helps it stay moist past the first day it is baked. Not to get too science-y, but greek yogurt also helps activate the baking soda in the batter. This process creates a nice, fluffy bread that doesn’t skimp on moisture!
Using overripe bananas also lends to the moistness of this cake. Make sure your bananas are nearly or all black before you use them for this cake. The darker the skin, the sweeter the banana pulp will be. Trust me, it makes all the difference!
How Long is the Banana Nut Bread Good For?
Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, this bread will stay good for up to a week.
Can you Freeze the Banana Bread?
If you have a good amount of bread leftover, freeze it! Wrap individual pieces or the entire remaining loaf of the cake in two layers of plastic wrap. Then, place the wrapped pieces/loaf into a freezer safe storage bag. The bread will keep up to 4 months in the freezer. Defrost the bread in the fridge when you are ready to chow down.
Other Ingredients to Add to the Banana Bread
Just like my other recipe for Banana Bread, you can play around with the different ingredients you add to this bread. Here are a couple of ideas:
- Swap out the greek yogurt for sour cream, mayonnaise or creme fraiche. The key here is tanginess and the latter fit the bill and add their own unique flavor to the bread.
- Add in a scoop of raisins or dried cranberries for a pop of sweetness.
- Put a tablespoon of cinnamon in the batter to make the bread more coffee cake-like.
- Exchange apples for pears.
- Use chopped pecans or almonds instead of walnuts.
- Like it extra fruity? Add a handful of fresh blueberries or raspberries to your batter.
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- Prepare the ingredients for this recipe.
- In a large bowl, combine flour together with baking soda.
- In a separate bowl, mash bananas.
- To bananas, add in eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract and greek yogurt. Whisk together until the mixture is smooth.
- To the mixture, add chopped apples and chopped walnuts.
- Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture. Stir to combine everything together. Make sure not to overmix it.
- Spray cooking oil on a baking sheet (size 9×13). Spread the mixture evenly.
- Bake it at 350F for about 30 minutes or until the tooth pic comes out clean. Let it cook to a room temperature and serve.