Oh banana bread, how we love thee. There is something so satisfying about declaring new life to those dying bananas that have been sitting uneaten on your counter. They will not be put to waste, no they will be turned into something delicious, and best of all, easy to make! On top of that, with this banana bread recipe you’ll also be packing in one of nature’s most important nutrients, vitamin B6.
Why You Need Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential to the proper function of many key enzymes in the body. Is actually comes in five active forms, including P5P, which can’t be found naturally in food, it has to be supplemented by natural dietary supplement brands like Pure Encapsulations. Vitamin B6 keeps the brain and nervous system functioning properly and is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism.
Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6, but so is bread. That’s why banana bread is the perfect recipe for getting in your daily dose. We like a lot of banana in ours, it not only increases the B6 ratio, but it keeps the loaf nice and moist. Also, another star of this recipe (and B6 source) are the toasted walnuts, which add an amazing depth of flavor to this classic favorite.
Best Banana Bread Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
- 4 large overripe bananas, mashed
- ½ cup granulated organic sugar
- ½ cup organic brown sugar
- 2 large eggs (brought to room temperature)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using cooking spray, grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and set aside. Pour 1 cup of chopped walnuts into skillet, heat over medium-low heat while stirring constantly so they don’t burn. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda).
- In a separate mixing bowl, hand mix both sugars, butter eggs and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Add the mashed banana and fold in, small chunks are okay!
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and hand mix until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go. When mixed, fold in the toasted walnuts.
- Pour mixture into the greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-60 minutes. Check to see if it’s done by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the loaf and checking to see if it comes out clean.
- Remove loaf from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Slide the banana bread load out of the plan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!
Banana bread is great for an on-the-go breakfast or even as dessert. It also makes a great gift if you need something homemade for Teacher Appreciation Week or Christmas.
How often do you make banana bread? Tell us in the comments below!
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