Maple Walnut Banana Bread


Hello there– We have a treasure sitting in our fridge– it’s a huge jug of real maple syrup fresh from upstate New York!  Our daughter-in-law’s Dad, Alfie is a warm and wonderful guy.  Every year he taps trees around his town and in the spring is joined by family a friends at in the maple sugar shack to boil down gallons of maple syrup.  Then being the generous guys that he is, he mails big jugs to people far and wide (including lucky us!!).

So this little recipe uses a precious half cup of that lovely syrup and which accounts for it’s rich and wonderful flavor.  Plus while it’s baking in the oven, for kitchen smells like that New York maple sugar shack– maple luscious!

2 large ripe bananas
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup canola oil
1 egg
1 tsp. maple extract (optional)*
3 tab. milk
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4  cup walnuts, chopped and divided
3 tab. brown sugar

In a large mixing bowl, smash the bananas to a creamy substance.  Then mix in the maple syrup, oil, egg, maple extract and milk until all blended.  Add in the flour, baking powder and salt and stir it all together.  Finally mix 3/4 cup of the walnuts.

Spoon the mixture into a 5″ by 9″ loaf pan** that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Mix together the brown sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup of walnuts and sprinkle them over the loaf of banana bread.

Bake it all up at 350 degrees for 50 -55 minutes until it’s browned and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.  Delicious warm from the oven– or toasted the next day for breakfast  with a smear of butter!!

*maple extract is optional– it just adds a little more maple flavoring.
** I used 2 half size loaf pans and cooked it about 5 minutes less.

27 thoughts on “Maple Walnut Banana Bread

      • Baking sugar cookies, Rhonda! I am baking the ham, making scalloped potatoes and macaroni and cheese tomorrow morning.everyone else is bringing something to complete the meal. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Easter to you and your family!💜😘

        • Oh! I think I wish we were coming to your house for Easter dinner Mary!! Scalloped potatoes AND mac & cheese!! sounds like a feast! (and don’t you love it when people come in the door with the other dishes??!) Enjoy enjoy!! Happy Easter! xo

  1. YUM! Rhonda, this looks delicious. And healthy too with the bananas and walnuts and maple syrup. The photo is fantastic. ❤ Hugs, my friend. Have a wonderful Easter for you and your family. I hope you are doing something beautiful (I'm sure you are). ~Debbie

    • It really is a treat. I grew up eating fake maple syrup from Mapeleine flavoring– and used it all the time we lived in Spain (no maple syrup there!). Always love hearing from you Kat. You have the freindliest sense of humor! xo

    • I know Daisy– on my wish list is to travel to NY some year when they are making the syrup and pitch in! Hope you are having a blessed Sunday– we’re just about to walk to church (we live about 2 block away). xox

  2. I’m always playing catch up on my visits these days, but I’m afraid there’s a point when looking/commenting start to approach stalking, lol!! Seriously gorgeous loaves you have there! 🙂 I’m sorry I didn’t get to visit in a more timely manner. I love your food and am getting a pretty long list of Rhonda to makes! 🙂

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