Healthy Banana and Walnut Loaf

Healthy banana and walnut loaf is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee/tea break. It’s delicious and easy to make with a superb moist texture. Filled with crunchy walnuts it’s also a great budget cake for sharing with friends!

Healthy banana and walnut loaf is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee/tea break. It's delicious and easy to make with a superb moist texture. Filled with crunchy walnuts it's also a great budget cake for sharing with friends!

Folks, this is a fantastic simple recipe showing you how to make a healthy banana and walnut loaf cake.

My easy loaf cake recipes seem to have become very popular. Especially my Cherry Bakewell Loaf Cake.

Check out the photographs attached to the Cherry Bakewell Loaf Cake Pinterest Pin. They are superb!

So, based on the popularity of that, that’s why today I’m bringing you this new loaf cake recipe. Who knows, it could become as popular as that recipe! 🙂

Healthy banana and walnut loaf is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee/tea break. It's delicious and easy to make with a superb moist texture. Filled with crunchy walnuts it's also a great budget cake for sharing with friends!

I got inspired for this healthy banana and walnut loaf from an advertising board. It was advertising a similar cake outside a coffee shop on my way home from work in Glasgow.

If you’ve been a regular follower of the blog for some years now (thank you!) you’ll recall I wrote about how I like to do a lot of walking in the How We Follow the 80/20 Rule For Eating post. That includes walking to and from work most days, when weather permits!

So I thought I’d give this cake a whirl. Plus try and see if I could make it a bit more healthy by using no butter and less sugar too.

Healthy banana and walnut loaf is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee/tea break. It's delicious and easy to make with a superb moist texture. Filled with crunchy walnuts it's also a great budget cake for sharing with friends!

I’ve based much of this recipe on my earlier but trusted banana bread recipe.

I mean why reinvent the wheel when there’s already a recipe that’s perfectly simple and works?

The result was a fantastic tasty moist banana and walnut loaf. A masterpiece (in my humble opinion). 😉

As usual Lynne taste-tested this recipe first. Then I took a batch into work for my colleagues to try and it was all gone within an hour! That’s pretty good validation don’t you think?

Healthy banana and walnut loaf is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee/tea break. It's delicious and easy to make with a superb moist texture. Filled with crunchy walnuts it's also a great budget cake for sharing with friends!

Healthy Banana and Walnut Loaf Tips

  • You can freeze this banana and walnut loaf cake.
  • Before freezing cut it into 15 slices. This makes it easier to take out individual slices when required.
  • Using oil and yogurt instead of butter in this banana and walnut loaf helps to cut the calories and fat out. Thus making it a healthy version!
  • If you’re not freezing this loaf cake it’ll keep in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

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Healthy Banana and Walnut Loaf Recipe

This recipe is perfect for using up old bananas and overripe bananas. Those that perhaps don’t look as appetising as they used to!

I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂

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Healthy banana and walnut loaf is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee/tea break. It's delicious and easy to make with a superb moist texture. Filled with crunchy walnuts it's also a great budget cake for sharing with friends!
Healthy Banana and Walnut Loaf
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Healthy banana and walnut loaf is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee/tea break. It's delicious and easy to make with a superb moist texture. Filled with crunchy walnuts it's also a great budget cake for sharing with friends!

Course: Home Baking
Cuisine: International
Servings: 15 Slices
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 150 g self-raising flour
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½. tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 85 g chopped walnuts
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 200 g no fat Greek yogurt or natural yogurt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and grease a 20cm x 12.5cm / 8” x 5” loaf tin. I usually just spray a couple of times with low cal cooking spray and spread that around with a piece of kitchen towel. Line the tin with greaseproof paper allowing it hang over the edges.
  2. Sift all of the dry ingredients, the flours, bicarbonate of soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and walnuts into a large mixing bowl, or stand mixer bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients by mashing the bananas first with a potato masher or fork, then add the yogurt, eggs and oil then mix together.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold all of the ingredients together either using the stand mixer paddle attachment or a spatula.
  5. Pour cake mixture into loaf tin and bake for 30 - 40 minutes until well risen and golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before removing and transferring to a wire baking rack to cool completely.
  7. Once completely cooled store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Banana and Walnut Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.2g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8g
Cholesterol 25.9mg 9%
Sodium 382.9mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 22.4g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
Sugars 9.6g
Protein 3.4g 7%
Vitamin A 1%
Calcium 8%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Healthy banana and walnut loaf is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee/tea break. It's delicious and easy to make with a superb moist texture. Filled with crunchy walnuts it's also a great budget cake for sharing with friends!

Another healthy loaf cake recipe that you might like to try is my Lighter Lemon Loaf Cake. That too was based on a similar recipe I saw in another well established high street coffee chain!

Back to this week though. On Thursday, an Easy Healthier Coleslaw recipe. Perfect for summer salads and BBQ’s it’s superbly creamy tasting too. Lady Lynne and I have been really enjoying that recipe. Especially with the great weather we’ve been having!

Hope you can join me Thursday! 🙂

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Comments

  1. Neil, so love your substitution of yogurt and oil for butter in this delicious looking loaf – and reading through your list, I can see why this disappeared in less than an hour – though I gotta say, if I was one of your colleagues, I’d probably have left a couple slices for others (even though I think sharing is overrated) and taken the rest of this entire loaf back to my desk, hidden it in my drawer and nibbled on slices of it throughout the day!
    Happy Tuesday to you and Lady Lynne – hoping this week is off to a wonderful start for y’all!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Shashi, I think the majority of my baking recipes (except for bread) are now using the yogurt and oil for butter substitution. I’ve just got so used to it. And prefer it.

      Ah, so it was you who ate the rest of the loaf? Ah ha 😆

  2. O banana bread can do now wrong 😉 Literally the coziest thing to bake up!

  3. Banana bread will always hold a special place in my heart, Neil. I remember my Mom making banana bread all the time when we were kids…and the smell in the house was just amazing. In fact, banana bread is one of the first things that I learned how to bake once I moved out on my own. I love this healthy version, and I definitely support the walnuts here! Oh, and great idea to freeze individual slices. Hope your week is going well, my friend!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      When I mention that I’m baking I’m nearly always asked by my colleagues for Banana Bread David. I think that they have similar memories of their Mum’s baking that for them too, when they were kids! Thanks for your comments. Enjoy your week too!

  4. Ben|Havocinthekitchen says:

    I do love the aroma of banana bread (the combo of banana and spices is just so intoxicating!), but I rarely enjoy it as banana bread can often be soggy and kind of underbaked (at least most of the breads I’ve tried). Clearly, that’s not the case here – love this drier but still airy and light texture. And healthy? I’ll take 3 slices then! 😉

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’ll be honest Ben that it took me quite a few attempts at my original Banana Bread recipe before I was happy with the texture. Yes, previously it was soggy and underbaked, until I got it right. That’s why I stuck to my original Banana Bread recipe with just a few tweaks here. Like I said, why re-invent the wheel 🙂

      3 slices, why not 4……or 5? You’re welcome! 😀

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