Whole-Wheat Banana Bread with Macadamia Nuts

  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins


1/2cup unsalted butter
1cup sugar
2-- eggs, slightly beaten
3medium ripe bananas
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1cup whole wheat flour
1/2teaspoon salt
1teaspoon baking powder
1/2cup chopped salted macadamia nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Cream butter with sugar. Add eggs, bananas and vanilla. Mix until blended.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in 2 tablespoons water and add to banana mixture. Process for a minute or so. Sift together the flours, salt and baking powder. Fold into banana mixture. Pour into loaf pan.
  4. Sprinkle macadamia nuts on top, gently pressing them in. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Reprinted with permission from Joan Nathan's New American Cooking (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 230
  • Glycemic Load 10.85
  • Fat 10g
  • Saturated Fat 4.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 200mg
  • Potassium 150mg
  • Carbohydrate 33g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 16g
  • Protein 4g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Vitamin C 4%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 6%