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Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread

Nicoletta October 3, 2016

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Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread, delicious, dairy free mini banana chocolate chip loaves, with a delightful walnut maple streusel topping, perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack.

Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread

Few days ago I celebrated my birthday, I am a Libra and Fall is my season. The beginning of Fall, though, when the air is still warm, the temperatures are mild, not too hot, not yet cold, the colors are starting to change, the sky a lighter blue, the leaves a soft green and yellow hue, the overall landscape like it is painted in sepia color.



Outside my window, just outside of Rome, I have a vineyard that produces a famous, local white wine. Looking out the window we could see beautiful, plentiful yellow grapes hanging heavily in bunches on the vines, and before we left they were starting to pick the grapes. Soon after the picking, the grape leaves turned into a yellow color, and looked as if they were dead, they had begun their dormant time.

Gorgeous ombré hues of warm colors are all around us this time of year, like the colors of maple, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, in these Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread. Cute mini banana chocolate chip loaves, perfect for breakfast, or as a healthy snack, easy to make and so delicious to eat. With a comforting, sweet and nutty, spiced flavor, that helps transitioning you from the warm Summer to the brisk Fall with a soft smile on your face.

They’re made with a blend of all-purpose and oat flours, mashed ripe bananas, coconut oil and almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla sugar, dark chocolate chips, and spiced with bourbon vanilla powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. They would be already good like that, but to take them over the top good there is a maple walnut streusel topping. You’ll just have to make them to know how tasty they are. And healthy, way better for kids and adults than the store bought snacks you can find. I’ve frozen some and they were so handy to take out and re heat in the toaster oven, as good as they were freshly baked.

Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread

Baking, a great thing to do in the Fall, to warm up the house and infuse it with the sweet spicy fragrances of your baked goods. Summer doesn’t stop me from baking, I love it too much, but it’s in the Fall and Winter, that I really get into it.

These Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread were deeply enjoyed at breakfast, with a cup of coffee, or cappuccino, that my sweet half makes so good. But I don’t lie that we also shared one after supper, as a dessert, with a glass of milk. After all, the chocolate chips inside and the streusel topping make them a delightful treat. Moist and rich, soft and crunchy, sweet and mellow.

Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread


Song of the day: “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground”, by The White Stripes. Happy October everybody!

Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread

Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread

Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 7-8 mini loaves 1x


Adapted on a recipe found on Tutti Dolci


  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp bourbon vanilla powder
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp vanilla sugar (or any other sugar)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips

Maple Walnut Streusel

  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line on a baking sheet 7 or 8 mini loaf pans.
  2. Whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, bourbon vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl combine banana, maple syrup, sugar, coconut oil, milk, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add to flour mixture and fold in just until combined.
  5. Add in chocolate chips and fold gently.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared mini pans.

For the topping:

  1. Combine walnuts, maple syrup, flour, in a small bowl. Add coconut oil and toss mixture with your hands or a fork until crumbly.
  2. Sprinkle over batter and bake for 20 minutes; rotate pan and continue baking another 15 minutes. The mini banana breads are done when golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Cool in pans on a wire rack.


You can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or you can freeze the mini loaves wrapped tightly in plastic for up to 1 month.

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Maple Walnut Mini Banana Bread

We have another great recipe for a Spelt flour Banana Bread with Walnuts and Honey. Don’t miss it!

Spelt and Honey Banana Bread with Walnuts

And a fantastic recipe for Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip “Tortine” (Mini Cakes).

Vegan Spelt Tortine (mini cakes) with banana and chocolate

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    Reply Demeter | Beaming Baker October 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Nicoletta, these mini banana loaves look and sound so delicious! All I need is a chance to share that view with you two and a few of these loaves for a perfect day with friends. 🙂 Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope it was a wonderful one. If you had a few of these, then I’m sure it was! I’m so happy you two are back. Hope you had a wonderful time on vacation! Have a great week settling back in. xo

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta October 4, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Hi Demeter, so happy to hear back from you, we missed you 🙂 . I had a fantastic birthday, filled with love, sun and good food 😉 . I didn’t have these maple walnut mini banana bread, but they would have been a great addition to the day. Thanks so much for your comment!

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    Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop October 4, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Fall is amazing….so are these loaves of walnut bread! These sound just wonderful and I love the mini size!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta October 4, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thank you Kathy, their mini size is perfect to have for breakfast or grab on the go. And I agree, Fall is amazing!

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    Reply Maresa | breakfast for dinner October 7, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I must get my hands on some bourbon vanilla powder – that sounds incredibly delightful! I love the mini size of these loaves – perfect to stash a few in the freezer. I sure enjoyed visiting your fair city in September – however, Rome was not showing any signs of Fall at that time, it was still hot and sunny every day! I adore fall as well. Cheers to a happy season!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta October 8, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Hi Maresa! Yes, bourbon vanilla powder is amazing! We found it at Duchess Provisions, here in Edmonton, a paradise for cooks and bakers 😉 . I know, we were in Rome too in September and it was summer! But as soon as we got here, we had 4 days of Fall and suddenly winter arrived. It snowed yesterday!!

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    Reply Deryacenter February 26, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    *Note: I like storing my banana bread in the fridge and eating it straight from the fridge, cold. It’s more moist this way and stays fresher for longer 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 27, 2020 at 12:08 am

      That is a great tip! Thank you for sharing!

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