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Nut Butters, New Cookbook, and Banana Bread Recipe

Last month, I wrote about the breakfast challenge that 5 bloggers had. They challenged their readers to use one of these foods to make a healthy breakfast: avocado, flax, quinoa, lentils, and walnuts.

I submitted my banana flax walnut recipe and won the challenge for walnuts. Wo-who!

What did I win?

Two jars of nut butters: walnuts and chocolate/walnut from Futters Nut Butters

I’ve never had such nut butters before. I usually buy either peanut or almond butter. Both nut butters are not sweet, which is perfectly fine. Walnuts and cocoa are naturally not sweet anyways. I spread some over honey Graham crackers, drizzled some honey on top, and the taste was absolutely wonderful. They just melted in my mouth!

I checked the company’s website, and they have tons of flavors (pistachios, hazelnut, almonds, sunflowers, etc…) and many come with chocolate! What makes it even better is that no sugar or salt are added. They suggest that you use the butters with breakfast cereal or sauces, and they also have recipes on their website. I know I will be trying them out!

The second prize is Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes to Get You Started in the Kitchen cookbook.

The recipes are super easy. There’s always an introduction about what to expect, and most recipes have a “get creative” section for those of us who can’t help not to!

I tried the buttermilk banana bread (I always have extra-ripe bananas at home). They were great! I used canola oil instead of the butter and the bread was very moist. I also cut back on the amount of sugar, from 3/4 cup to 1/2 cup. It wasn’t sweet, I admit. My toddler son still liked it, but if you have a sweet tooth, you might want to stick to the original amount. Here’s my version of the recipe:


  • 1/2 c canola oil
  • 3 ripe medium bananas
  • 3/4 c buttermilk
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c pecans, or other nuts (optional from the “get creative” section)


Preheat oven to 350 F and place rack in middle. Lightly grease the bottom of a bread pan with some oil, using a brush or paper towel.

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. Mix in the buttermilk until completely blended.

In another bowl, mix the brown sugar (make sure it’s crumbled) with the oil using an electric mixer at high speed. Scarp with spatula if needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla extract and continue beating until combined.

In a third bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and pecans.

Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixtures, stir with a wooden spoon, then add half of the banana/ buttermilk mixture. Repeat with the other half. Stir from the bottom of the bowl up to mix thoroughly (but don’t overmix).

Pour batter into the bread pan and bake for 50-70ย  minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove the bread and allow to cool for another 20 before slicing to avoid crumbling.

Thank you breakfast challenge ladies for the wonderful giveaways!

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  • Stef March 13, 2010, 6:00 pm

    yum banana bread! i just baked a loaf too :). congrats on winning! that nut butter sounds really good, i like not so sweet ones.

  • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD March 13, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Thanks Stef. Check their website, they have very interesting products! Have a great night!

  • Janel (Eat Well with Janel) March 14, 2010, 10:24 am

    Glad you loved the prizes! The bread looks awesome.

    • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD March 14, 2010, 8:06 pm

      Thanks Janel for stopping by! I’m working on my food photography skills… it’s a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole, RD March 15, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Congrats on winning for the walnut breakfast challenge!

    Yum! Definitely making that bread soon! I just emailed the recipe to myself!

    I’ve been wanting to try walnut butter — it sounds fantastic!

  • Joie de vivre March 15, 2010, 6:23 pm

    How fun! Congratulations!

  • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD March 15, 2010, 8:54 pm

    Nicole: Walnut butter was good. Try it out… I’m glad you like the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joie de Vivre: thanks!

  • Emma Stirling March 17, 2010, 6:03 am

    My son is a peanutbutter fan and I’m always trying to mix it up with other nut butters, being a dietitian mom. I love new foods and can’t say I’ve seen walnut butter here in Australia…but now I’m on the hunt. We are mad for macadamias in Oz too.

    • Nour El-Zibdeh, RD March 17, 2010, 7:19 am

      macadamias…. sound delicious, I love almost all nuts… so moderation is a must! Thanks for stopping by Emma!

  • Nicole Lim July 27, 2013, 2:31 am

    Hey, i like the buttermilk banana bread recipe but is there a substitute for buttermilk? Can I use other typr of milk?

    thank you

    • Nour Zibdeh July 30, 2013, 9:55 am

      Buttermilk makes it fluffy and I feel it moisten baked goods. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own. Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 cup of milk. Let sit for 10 minutes. Enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚