Recipe: Comforting Banana & Walnut Loaf

I like to share recipes of INALJ readers, especially ones that are protein packed for energy or comfort food for the long job hunt. This delicious recipe was sent in by Kelly Quaye and this long, chilly week has inspired me to share this tasty recipe. Thanks Kelly!

Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)
4 medium bananas
½ cup chopped walnuts
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour (plain and whole-wheat combined)
½ cup butter (1 stick) (at room temp)
½ cup soft dark brown sugar
2 large eggs (at room temp)
1 teaspoon demerara/turbinado sugar (for topping)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf tin
  2. Lightly toast walnuts on baking tray for 7-8 minutes and roughly chop once cool
  3. In a mixing bowl, peel and mash 3 bananas to a puree
  4. In the same bowl, sift salt, baking powder, and flour over the banana mixture
  5. Add butter, sugar, and eggs and beat until smooth and thoroughly mixed
  6. Chop 1 banana into small chunks and stir into mixture
  7. Fold chopped walnuts into mixture
  8. Pour mixture into tin and sprinkle with sugar
  9. Bake for about 1 – 1 ½ hours (depends on size of your oven) until loaf feels springy
  10. Let cool on wire rack before slicing

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


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