Walnut “Always Gets Them Out of Bed” Bread #DiamondNuts

   Diamond of California Walnut Bread      

Nuts, baking, and making memories

What is it about a smell that is so evocative of childhood? It’s been said that an odor has the ability to conjure up memories more quickly than any other sensory input.

My great-grandmother – known to us as “Granny” (original, right?) – was perhaps the greatest baker in all creation, and the aromas in her kitchen testified to that. During the holidays, she spent hours baking. What she turned out was the stuff of legends.

Those were simpler days, when stay-at-home moms – or grandmothers, or great-grandmothers – could invest time and love in preparing goodies for their families. These days, time is at a premium for multitasking moms, but love is not in short supply. How can a busy, ambitious mom create memories for her family much as Granny did, and do it in the time she has available to her?

In the spirit of not reinventing the wheel, Mom can rely on time-honored and hallowed family recipes. I’d like to share an old family recipe, handed down for generations, which uses Diamond of California nuts. Diamond of California nuts, producer of premium quality nuts since 1912, is by far the most popular brand of nuts for year-round meal preparation, baking and natural snacking.

Here is your opportunity to make memories, just as Granny did. With the kitchen being the heart of any home, imagine what it would be like this holiday season when your baking prowess, using this time-tested recipe, pulls your family together for some sweet good times. Granted, this is an old recipe, but it hasn’t been around as long as Diamond of California nuts. There is something about tradition that holds families together, and here is your opportunity to be one link in that long line of gifted bakers. Keep tradition alive! And before you balk at being considered “gifted,” understand that this recipe is simple enough to make you come across as a kitchen genius, a domestic goddess. Not bad for a morning’s work!

The key, of course, is the quality of the ingredients, and Diamond of California nuts are essential. After all, if it was the only nut good enough for your mom’s mom’s recipes, it is the only one that should be in yours. After one hundred years – remember these have been acknowledged as the best-recognized premium quality nuts since 1912 – we have a product that has stood the test of time.

Families gather for holidays, and tradition dictates that everyone should expect the same familiar dishes they’ve experienced since they were kids. I would never tempt fate during such an important time of the year. So, we are not going to tinker with this recipe. We are going to keep it the same, using Diamond of California nuts, easily found in the baking aisle.

It’s called Walnut “Always Gets Them Out of Bed” Bread. The name says it all. One whiff of what’s happening in the oven and even the most sluggish kid will follow his or her nose. It’s a magnet effect. Enjoy!


Walnut “Always Gets Them Out of Bed” Bread



1 1/3 cups chopped Diamond of California walnuts, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
¾ cup milk
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mashed ripe banana


Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; mix well. Combine egg, milk, oil and vanilla; blend well. Add to flour mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup mashed ripe banana. Spoon into greased pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup walnuts.

Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

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