Banana Nut and Ginger Bread Recipe -
Banana Nut and Ginger Bread Recipe

Banana Nut and Ginger Bread

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"Dark beer adds a unique twist to this recipe. You may substitute raisins or currants for the dates if you wish."

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Original recipe makes 2 medium loaves Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl cream the brown sugar, banana, eggs, and vanilla. For moister bread, add oil, if desired.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together 3 cups flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, all spice, cardamom, and cloves. Alternately blend the flour mixture and beer into the creamed mixture.
  4. Toss the walnuts with the remaining flour. Stir in the dates and ginger to the mixture and blend well. Pour into two greased 9x5 loaf pans.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for 1 hour, or until inserted toothpick emerges dry and clean.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 25, 2003

This bread was dark, dense, and delicious! I used the oil, and cut the cardamom to 1 teaspoon, which still left plenty of cardamom taste--I can't imagine using the full tablespoon! This keeps great in the fridge. You will love it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 28, 2006

I've been wanting to make this bread forever, but always seemed to lack one or two of the ingredients. Well this time I didn't have any dates and I had just used up all the ginger I had in the house, but I tried to make this anyways. I used half regular flour and half whole wheat, and used a Bud for the beer as that was what I had. The bread came out very moist, even without adding the oil, but I honestly couldn't taste as much of the spice as I expected. I'll probably make it again, as it does have decent flavor and texture otherwise, but I'll try to have all the ingredients next time.

May 10, 2010

This was delicious! I used strong black coffee instead of the beer and currants instead of the dates. I used the same amount of cardamom as cinnamon. I love cardamom, but 1 tablespoon would be too much; I am thinking that is a misprint and 1 teaspoon would be about right. I also had to used dried ginger because I was out of fresh, but it turned out great. This is not quite a banana bread and not quite ginger bread, but it was a real hit with us.

Feb 03, 2004

What a great flavor combination. Will make again, but next time I will double the recipe

Jun 12, 2007

WONDERFULL!!!!!!! I used melted butter in place of the oil & added 2tbsp molasses,,also,I only had candied ginger so i used that,,but this will be one of my new favorites! Thanks for sgaring.

Jan 25, 2004

Made this for a friend after she gave birth to twins. Didn't know she wasn't a banana bread fan. She is now!! Subbed raisins for the dates and used Oatmeal Stout. Wonderful flavor and texture. Doubling the recipe for holiday gifts.

Jun 30, 2008

I had a bottle of really dark beer I needed to use - one sip and I knew I wasn't going to drink it. This recipe was a great find!! I always have a few bananas in the freezer and I have all the spices. I didn't have dates or raisins so I just added walnuts. I also didn't frost it. I still loved it!! I plan to make this again - I'll take it camping and have it in the morning with butter and hot tea.

Dec 27, 2007

This was such a moist cake and everybody loved it. I did omit the cardamom and next time I'll reduce the minced fresh ginger to 1 tsp as the ginger taste was overpowering for me


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  • Calories
  • 197 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.2 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 5.3 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 171 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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