Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread

Yogurt adds the perfect amount of moisture while chopped walnuts add crunch and texture to this delicious whole wheat banana bread.Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread - The Lemon BowlThere’s a funny story behind this banana bread. My Aunt Patsy is the undisputed Banana Bread Queen of our family. Since I am lucky enough to live just two blocks away, we often pass by her house during our daily walks. Whenever we stop to say hello there is inevitably a fresh loaf on the counter, coming out of the oven or being defrosted from the freezer.

What’s the secret to Aunt Patsy’s incredibly moist and addictive banana bread? Sour cream, butter and plenty of it. Please note: Aunt Patsy is and always has been thin and gorgeous. As you can imagine, everyone in the family, young or old, loves her banana bread and begs for a slice whenever she is nearby.

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread Meltdown - The Lemon BowlGuess who else is apparently addicted? My son. This photo is mid-meltdown which I also happened to video tape but I’ll spare you the drama. I made the mistake of walking past Aunt Patsy’s house on the way to my mom’s house because I knew she wasn’t home.

Well….apparently my son not only noticed we didn’t stop by he lashed out and thrusted his way out of the stroller, crawled up her drive-way (because it’s hard to walk when you’re melting down) and begged to be let inside.

No Aunt Patsy. No banana bread. No happy.

Clearly, I had some bread to make. Fortunately, he ate two slices of my version without asking for the sour cream and additional two sticks of butter.

Your family is waiting.

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Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread
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Yogurt adds the perfect amount of moisture while chopped walnuts add crunch and texture to this delicious whole wheat banana bread.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 14
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons room temperature butter - unsalted
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup date sugar (or more brown sugar)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 ripe bananas - mashed
  • ⅓ cup plain low fat yogurt
  • ½ cup walnuts - chopped
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8½ x 4½ inch bread pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer over medium-high speed until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Reduce stand mixer speed to low and slowly add the eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla, mashed bananas, and yogurt. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down sides and increase speed to medium until ingredients are blended.
  5. With the mixer still running, slowly add the dry ingredients until they are all added. Scrape down the sides one last time ensuring that the wet and dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
  6. Remove bowl from the stand mixer and stir in the walnuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan and bake for one hour or until toothpick comes out smooth. Cool completely before slicing and serving.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/14th loaf Calories: 188 Fat: 6.8 g Saturated fat: 2.6 g Unsaturated fat: 4.2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 28.3 g Sugar: 12.2 g Sodium: 165 mg Fiber: 2.7 g Protein: 3.7 g Cholesterol: 35 mg



  1. says

    Oh Asher, what a funny moment to capture (now 😉 ). That boy wanted his aunt patsy and banana bread!!!! So cute.

    I love banana bread, and I can bake this kind of stuff. Have been wanting to lately too funny you post. Great recipe!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      hahha – it was a funny moment that’s for sure!! One we will likely never forget. :) Thanks friend! xo

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I sent her the photos as well as the video and she loved it – felt badly but was cracking up at the same time. :) I hope my food makes a toddler cry one day – hahah.

  2. says

    Oh my gosh I love that photo! I mean I do feel bad for the little guy but sometimes the things they melt down about are just funny! My son has started a lot of those meltdowns lately–terrible twos is fast approaching!! I can see why he was sad…who wouldn’t want a piece of that banana bread? Yum!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I know – I seriously wanted to laugh so hard but at the same time wanted him to stop melting down – LOL!! Oh terrible twos…can’t wait. 😉

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I really am glad I captured it too. I felt badly recording the meltdown but I knew a photo was worth a thousand words. :)

  3. says

    Date sugar, never heard of that, that sounds interesting. And I am just cracking up about your son, I would do the same thing if I were him. We too love banana bread over here, I add coconut to mine and it keeps it super moist. Have you ever stayed at the Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki where a cute little Hawaiian lady delivers banana bread to your room in the evening? Yeah…I’m in love with that tradition.

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Oh my God – she delivers banana bread to your room every night? That is by far the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard of in my life!! Reminds me of Cancun where a precious Mexican man walks the beaches every day with fresh mango slices seasoned with lime juice and salt. It was the highlight of every day – haha. Great idea on the coconut!!! Date sugar is something I had on hand from a detox I did where you couldn’t use real sugar. It’s less processed and tasty but not a mandatory ingredient of course.

  4. says

    Ugh. Happened yesterday cuz someone wanted TJ’s “green juice”. I put his arse in the corner til he STFU. Not putting up with that kind of “foodie” shenanigans. My momma raised us on milk powder and white rice.

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      haha – isn’t that photo awesome? I’m really glad I took the photos, despite the meltdown!! xo

  5. says

    Oh bahahahaha I LOVE this. What a cutie 😉

    Also, that banana bread looks amazing. Good thing I’ve got some bananas waiting to be used up so I don’t have to wait long to make this.

    PS So wonderful to meet you this weekend!

  6. says

    Banana bread so good that it’s worth a tantrum?! Sign-me up! Thanks for the recipe!
    Cute photo btw, and I’m SO GLAD camera phones weren’t around when I was young….boy oh boy I can still remember some of my classic tantrum moments.

  7. says

    Oh, no! I bet you don’t make that mistake again! I’m sure her banana bread is pretty amazing, but the lightened version is what I’m more likely to make as well!

  8. says

    Omigosh, I hate to giggle at anyone who is mid-meltdown, but that photograph is just priceless – probably the most adorable meltdown I’ve ever seen! And I just love this quick bread recipe, Liz! It sounds positively delicious and just so SATISFYING!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      My life completely changed when I discovered whole wheat PASTRY flour!! It is all I use when I bake (or make pancakes.) Another good one is white whole wheat flour. You don’t notice a difference from white flour but you still get the nutrients and fiber that are stripped from processed bleached white flour. You get that and I’ll get the cake flour – haha.

  9. says

    How adorable is your son?! It *is* hard to walk when you’re having a melt down, you’ve nailed that one. It’s been years since my kids were that stage, but your words brought it all right back.
    How lovely to live within walking distance of your family!

  10. Austin says

    Hi! I’m making banana bread tomorrow and this’ll be the first time I’ll be making a whole wheat version of it. My problem tho, is that there is no available WW pastry flour here in my area. I read that doing a half-and-half is a good substitute (1 cup APF, 1 cup WWF), is that okay?


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