Start by sieving the dry ingredients - Flour, Baking powder, Baking soda and salt in a bowl. (Reserve some of the flour to add to the walnuts later on).
In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and add sugar, oil and milk. Whisk to form a homogenous mixture.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet in two batches. Do not overmix.
Finally, coat the walnuts with the reserved flour and dump into the batter and fold that over too.
Transfer to a greased 9x5 inches loaf pan. Level the top.
Bake in a preheated oven of 180°C for 60-70 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Allow it to cool in the pan itself for 5 mins then invert onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Spoon the flour onto your cup and then level every single time.
Sieve the dry ingredients to incorporate air.
Fold the dry into wet in two batches. Add the second batch when you still see some bits of dry flour in it.
This also prevents over-mixing of the batter which is one of the reasons for your bread turning out to be dense.
Coat the add-ons with flour so that it is dispersed evenly and does not settle to the bottom of the cake while baking.
Bananas have to be ripe to make the bread moist and sweet. You can follow the trick mentioned in this Microwave Hacks post to ripen the bananas quickly.
The amount of sugar can be reduced to 1/2 cup but I found the sweetness to be perfect with 1 cup
Grease the pan well with butter and flour. Line the base with parchment so that it is easy for us to unmould the bread once baked.
If you see that the bread is becoming too brown while baking (happens due to the sugar content from both sugar and bananas) simply cover the top with an aluminium foil with the shiny side up or a parchment paper after 30 mins of bake time.
Flour: You can use whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour but the bread will turn out little dense.
Baking Soda: Skip it and just use Baking Powder.
Baking Powder: Skip it and use self-rising flour instead.
Oil : Can replace oil with melted butter or applesauce.
Almond Milk : can be replaced with dairy based milk or any other plant based milk
Sugar: In place of granulated sugar - caster sugar, brown sugar or even coconut sugar can be used.
Nut-Free : You can skip the nuts and use chocolate chips or fresh or dried fruit instead or totally skip a
How long does Banana Bread lasts?
You can store it in an air tight container for upto 3 days at room temperature. Or individually freeze each slice wrapped in an aluminium foil and placed in a zip lock pouch for 3 months.
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