This Banana Walnut Biscotti recipe is reminiscent of banana bread with its sweet aroma and uses up any overripe bananas that may be sitting out on the counter.
Today is the last day I’m sharing a cookie recipe for Cookie Week (although I am posting a fun cookie-related post tomorrow, so don’t miss it!). I’m not sure why, but I haven’t felt very festive this year. I did nothing for Halloween (didn’t even get trick or treaters!) and barely decorated my apartment. When I was thinking of cookie recipes to share, I wasn’t feeling pumpkin, gingerbread, maple, or any other flavors you may associate with fall and Christmas. Instead, I made Banana Walnut Biscotti because I was in the mood for banana bread. Funny story – I didn’t realize until I was getting ready to make this recipe that I actually posted pumpkin biscotti last year for Cookie Week. Total coincidence. I guess when I think of the holidays, I think of friends and family chatting in the evening with a cup of coffee, and coffee usually equals biscotti. Which is ironic because I don’t drink coffee past dinner time. Regardless of how festive you’re feeling inside, this Banana Walnut Biscotti can be enjoyed all year round (and is also a great alternative to banana bread when using up those overripe bananas).
(If you haven’t entered the Cookie Week giveaway, make sure you enter on Day 1 of Cookie Week).
I’m one of those people who never have overripe bananas in the house; I have to purposely buy my bananas and wait for them to ripen before baking. Although I did buy these from a discounted produce vendor, which means I only had to wait a day or two before using. If you do find yourself needing to bake this biscotti today but your bananas are not ready, you can roast the bananas to speed up the process.
What I love about biscotti (besides eating them) is that they are pretty sturdy as far as cookies go, which makes them great for mailing. You can also wrap them up inside a coffee mug with some hot cocoa or coffee packs for an easy homemade gift. I know I’d much rather get that than another bottle of lotion or candle (you know, the gifts you give when you don’t know what to get. Both things I actually never use). But Banana Walnut Biscotti isn’t just a holiday gift-giving cookie – make them all year round! As long as there are overripe bananas in kitchens across the world, banana biscotti will never go out of season.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup mashed banana (1 medium overripe banana, around 5 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line one cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- In another large bowl, beat together the eggs, mashed banana, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in the flour until incorporated then stir in the walnuts.
- On a floured surface with floured hands, lightly knead the dough. Place the dough on the parchment paper and pat out into a log that is roughly 15 to 20 inches by 5 to 6 inches, no more than 1/2 inch high. If dough is too sticky, add a little bit more flour. Bake 22-25 minutes or until brown, set on the edges, and center is firm. Remove the cookies from the oven. Turn the oven down to 300F.
- Cool the cookies for 15 minutes then with a serrated knife, cut into 3/4 inch wide pieces. Place cut side down back onto the cookie sheet and bake an additional 15-20 minutes until firm. Cool completely.
Source: Adapted from my pumpkin biscotti recipe
Looking for more baking recipes?
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Other Cookie Week Recipes
- Maple Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- S’mores Cookies by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Brown Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies by The Cooking Actress
- Candy Topped Toffee Squares by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Maple Walnut Shortbread Cookies by Hungry Couple
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Savory Cheddar Coins by Crumb
- White Chocolate Cranberry Ginger Cookies by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Cookie Week Giveaway
Huge thank you to Imperial Sugar, Circulon, Peanut Butter & Co. and Page Street Publishing for being sponsors for Cookie Week! To learn more about entering the giveaway, please check out Day 1 of Cookie Week.