Banana Macadamia Nut Bread

My Grandma always makes fabulous banana bread and now I see what made it taste so good. It is the buttermilk! I took her banana bread recipe and instead of the walnuts she would normally use, I substituted macadamia nuts. I have been craving macadamia nuts for weeks now since my brother recently visited us from Hawaii and brought us macadamia nuts. Since macadamia nuts are a softer nut so that when they are baked into the bread, you can taste the flavor, but you aren’t crunching into a hard nut; they are very subtle and the perfect accompaniment to the banana. I think my next batch, I will also add some chopped nuts to the top, perhaps with a little coconut.

Top your slices with butter or margarine and serve warm or cold. Perfect with coffee or tea.


1/4 to less than 1/2 cup Crisco shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter and flour a regular sized bread pan.
  2. In a mixer combine the Crisco and sugar then add the eggs and beat until combined.
  3. Put the soda in the buttermilk, stir it together, and then add this to the batter.
  4. Sift together the salt and baking powder with the flour.
  5. Slowly add the flour to the batter in the mixer while continuing to mix until all ingredients are combined.
  6. With mixer still running, add the three bananas (the riper the bananas, the better) and then mix in the nuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan.
  8. Bake for 1 hour.
  9. Check with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. Continue to bake another 10 minutes if the toothpick is wet and check again. (I found that my bread took 1 hour 15 minutes. That is why you should check for doneness with the toothpick as it will vary according to your oven and the type of pan you use.)
  10. When done, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly in pan before transferring it out of the pan onto the cutting board.
  11. Cut and Serve.

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