1 1/2 C walnuts, roughly chopped and toasted (or nut of your choice)
3/4 C butter, softened
1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 bananas, mushed
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease two bread pans.
Toast nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 – 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until blended and creamy.
Add sugars and beat well to combine.
Blend in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each.
In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients and mix at a low speed, until just blended.
Stir in bananas and nuts.
Scrape dough evenly into well-greased bread pans.
Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool bread, in pan, on a wire rack, for 15 minutes.
Remove from pan and allow to cool an additional 30 minutes before slicing, to avoid excessive crumbling.