My family asks me to make this whole wheat banana nut bread every year for Thanksgiving. It’s a light, cake-like bread with a great banana flavor… it is very easy and quick to make because all the mixing can be done by hand.

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (room temperature and slightly beaten)
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Melt the butter or margarine until just melted (don’t overheat). Stir in sugar, bananas, and eggs, and mix until smooth. Combine flours, salt, and baking soda and stir into banana/sugar mixture. Stir in the nuts.

Bake in a loaf pan at 325°F until a toothpick or metal skewer inserted into the bread comes out clean and dry. (Baking time is one hour plus.)

I found this recipe in one of Bernard Clayton’s books. He says that this bread tastes best when it has been allowed to “age” for at least half a day… we think it tastes great freshly-made, too. It also freezes well.