College Guys’ Banana & Walnut Bread – by Adam

{Hi everyone, I like to introduce you my dear friend, Adam, who came to visit me over the Christmas holiday coming all the way from Melbourne, Victoria.  He is a seasoned blogger and the one who got me into blogging.  Despite his love for food, he is not a food blogger. To get a taste of being a food blogger, here is his post – Emily}

OMG I’m in Orange.  For the last several weeks I have been couch surfing across mainland Australia.  After spending 4 weeks in Melbourne I have managed to make my way to Orange NSW.  Why Orange you ask?  WHY NOT.

The trip to Orange was more tiring than I had anticipated.  I had to take a flight from Melbourne to Sydney and then a 5 hour bus ride from Sydney to Orange.  Naturally I was jetlag, severely dehydrated, and obviously constipated.  But it was all worth it knowing that I was going to be fed by Emily.  I have known Emily for about 4 years now and during that time I have been introduced to several delicious dishes.  Her love of cooking and uncanny ability to season dishes with meat has inspired me to experiment with cooking.

On Christmas Eve, I was put in charge of cooking the twin chickens.  Yeah you buy chicken in “twin packs” here.  Naturally I just soaked the chicken in butter and herbs…. More butter than herbs obviously.  Baked it for an hour and fifteen minutes and voila!  It was delicious.  I tend to eat really healthy, but Christmas was a special occasion.  I’m surprised we didn’t drink butter that night.  The food hangover the day after was not something to be desired.

Today I had a massive craving for banana bread.  Yeah I’m a bit like a pregnant chick when it comes to food.  Anyway, when I found out that I had the ability to bake banana bread, I used the power to its fullest.  At one point, I was making banana bread all the time.  Needless to say my housemates were sick of it – Although we never ended up with leftovers.  I really love this recipe.   It’s simple to make and best of all it’s FAT FREE.

{Using the back of a spoon, crushed the walnuts in between the plastic bags.}

College Guys’ Banana Bread

(adapted from

Serves 8 (0r 3 with multiple helpings :P)


2 Bananas

2 Tablespoons of maple syrup or golden syrup

¾ Cups of white sugar

1 Egg

1 Cup of self-raising flour

¼ Cup of walnuts or any kind of nuts really, roughly crushed


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for convection oven) / 160 degrees Celsius  (320 degrees Fahrenheit) for fan-forced. Line baking pan with parchment paper and grease the sides without the parchment paper with vegetable oil.

2. Add peeled bananas, maple syrup, and sugar to a bowl and mash everything together with a spoon.

3. Mix in egg.  Use a hand mixer to mix everything well.

4.  Add flour and mix until batter is smooth.

5. Fold in nuts with a spoon.

6. Pour batter in pan and sprinkle on top with remaining nuts. Bake for 45 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean.


17 Responses to College Guys’ Banana & Walnut Bread – by Adam
  1. Green Girl @ A little bit of everything
    December 28, 2010 | 2:45 am

    I love banana bread and this recipe sounds really good. Never tried with maple syrup before.
    No wonder you guys never ended with banana bread leftovers.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you’ll have a joyful season.

    • Emily
      December 28, 2010 | 2:49 am

      You too and happy holidays!

  2. Blog is the New Black
    December 28, 2010 | 2:50 am

    I love banana nut bread! This looks great. I love the idea of adding syrup!

  3. Baking Serendipity
    December 28, 2010 | 3:56 am

    I love the photographs and this bread looks fantastic! I hope you had a great Christmas and are still enjoying the holiday season :)

    • Emily
      December 31, 2010 | 4:21 pm

      Thank you and likewise. Happy New Year!

  4. sukaina
    December 28, 2010 | 4:22 am

    I made a banana bread with golden syrup once so I’m sure maple syrup will be even better!

    Happy holidays!

  5. Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox
    December 28, 2010 | 4:27 am

    Fabulous photos and what a wonderful guest blog! I love it. So funny. And so tempting. Thinking about raiding the freezer for some bananas right now.

  6. Jun
    December 28, 2010 | 9:24 am

    Love this! It’s so mouth watering!

  7. Arudhi@aboxofkitchen
    December 28, 2010 | 3:49 pm

    I was just thinking about making snacks/desserts from banana and I saw this :D The bread looks fantastic! Happy holidays!

  8. Erika Beth
    December 28, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    This looks great! I’ve couchsurfed before and baked for my host too! :)

  9. Amy Bakes Everything
    December 28, 2010 | 5:28 pm

    Yay for banana bread! I forget how simple and delicious it is! Great post!

  10. Helen (grabyourfork)
    December 28, 2010 | 5:30 pm

    Fat free? Now that’s just crazy talk! It looks so good – perhaps better with a slather of butter? lol

  11. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron
    December 28, 2010 | 7:52 pm

    Hi Adam, nice to meet you! Thanks for getting Emily into blogging!

    I made banana bread twice this year and I loved it. I love your bread color! Mine was a bit darker. why!? Anyway, it looks delicious and you convinced me that it’s easy!

  12. Grace
    December 28, 2010 | 10:36 pm

    I loved the recipe, but wouldn’t the walnuts make it contain a little fat?

  13. Simon
    December 31, 2010 | 6:33 am


    Don’t worry it’s the good kind of fat :)

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