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Banana Bread with Pistachio and Orange

If you’re tired of the same old banana bread, then hold onto your hat! This banana bread with pistachio and orange will knock your socks off.

Scented with the warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, this luscious bread is very moist, tender and highly aromatic.

With the subtle crunch of pistachio’s and the sweet added bonus of a cinnamon and sugar topping, I can certainly understand why this bread deserves a national day of recognition!


1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus extra for topping)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey
4 eggs
4 overly ripe bananas, mashed
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus extra for topping)
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
1 cup shelled pistachio’s

-Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
-In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. 
-Add the honey, eggs, and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
-Mix in the mashed banana and orange zest.
-Sift together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
-Stir all ingredients together until well mixed and add the pistachios
-Butter 2 loaf pans, and divide the batter equally between the two pans.
-Sprinkle tops of each loaf batter with additional sugar and cinnamon (if desired)
-Bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
-Cool 10 minutes and then remove loaves from pans to cool completely.

Pistachio Orange Banana Bread Recipe
Now this is my kind of holiday!
* Did you know you can stick those aging bananas in the freezer, as is, and they’ll be perfectly ready for your banana bread baking day when you are? Just thaw and you’re ready to peel and mash!  How cool is that?
Until we bake again,
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Monday 28th of February 2011

Oh I bet that smells heavenly!


Friday 25th of February 2011

Lovely flavor combo, Renee!


Thursday 24th of February 2011

This looks fantastic!! Great recipe Renee!!


Thursday 24th of February 2011

Ooh, pistachios sound good! Definitely a nice twist from the usual walnut addition!


Thursday 24th of February 2011

Pistachios would be a wonderful nut to use, great idea! And I do freeze my banana's like that. Piece of cake. My BFF once questioned me on the method and I replies that you cant out do God's wrapping! ;)