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Taste of Home’s Banana Walnut Mini Loaves with Cream Cheese Spread for Family and Holiday Gifts

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 Attend our Taste of Home Cooking School, October 27! In the meantime here is an awesome recipe for you to try.


•1/2 cup butter, softened

•1 cup sugar

•2 eggs

•1-1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)

•1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

•2 teaspoons ground cardamom

•1 teaspoon baking soda

•1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

•1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

•1/2 cup chopped black walnuts

•CINNAMON SPREAD:•1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

•3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

•1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


•In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas.

•Combine the flour, cardamom, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg; gradually add to banana mixture just until moistened. Fold in walnuts.

•Pour into six greased 4-1/2-in. x 2-1/2-in. x 1-1/2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

•In a small bowl, combine the spread ingredients. Serve with bread. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6 loaves (4 slices each) and 1 cup spread.

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