Banana Nut Biscotti Recipe

What is Biscotti

We have quite a few coffee drinkers in our family and we have gathered some great biscotti recipes over the years. Some like subtle flavors and others like them bold. Whatever your preference might be we have a wide variety to please your craving!

History: The term biscotti, in Italian dialect, refers to any type of cookie. In North America, biscotti are used to describe a long, dry, hard, twice-baked cookie. The Biscotti has always been a dipping cookie; In Italy they are generally dipped into wines like Vin Santo. In America, coffee is the drink of choice.

Traditionally biscotti were almond flavored. Today, because of their popularity in coffee houses, the sky is the limit to what ingredients can be added to kick-up the flavor of these tasty cookies: dried fruits, chocolate, nuts, seeds, spices, etc. Frequently they are found iced with melted chocolate or frosting, topped with nuts or even coated with colored sprinkles.

Fun Fact: Columbus was one of the first to use biscotti as a ration on board his sailing vessels. Because of their long storage ability, they were an ideal food for sailors, soldiers, and fisherman.

Banana Nut Biscotti

A crunchy banana bread is the best way to describe this banana nut biscotti recipe.

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mashed bananas (about 1 banana)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3 cup toasted pecans or walnuts

Large bowl
Medium Bowl
Cookie sheet
Cooking Spray

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: Coat cookie sheet with cooking spray; set aside.
Step 3: In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
Step 4: In medium bowl, combine mashed banana, oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
Step 5: Pour banana mixture into dry mixture along with nuts, stir together.
Step 6: Flour a working area, and turn dough out onto it.
Step 7: Form two 7-inch logs about 2 inches in diameter.
Step 8: Put logs onto prepared cookie sheet.
Step 9: Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and turn temperature down to 250 degrees F (121 degrees C).
Step 10: Remove logs from cookie sheet and let cool 10 minutes.
Step 11: Cut logs into 1/2-inch slices along the bias (at an angle), return slices to cookie sheet.
Step 11: Bake biscotti for an additional 18-20 minutes.

Note: toasting nuts brings out their flavor and makes them crisp. It is easy to do. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place nuts, in a single layer, on an ungreased baking sheet or pizza pan. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time, or until nuts become fragrant and are lightly browned. (Watch nuts closely to prevent burning.) Cool nuts completely before chopping and adding to recipe.

The Banana Nut Biscotti Recipe makes about 24 pieces.