The Very Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Another award winning banana bread recipe to help give those overripe bananas a new lease on life! This is the BEST Banana Nut Bread recipe you’ll ever make. Perfectly moist, tender and nutty, it’s super easy to make from scratch with a few common kitchen ingredients.

Banana Nut Bread on a brown cutting board with a three stacked slices of bread on a white plate.

Soooooo….million dollar question right here. Who watched the Super Bowl?  It was on in our house strictly as background “noise” because we didn’t have a team to watch this year since the Eagles petered out at the end of the season. It was on sorta kinda out of obligation, I guess?  I like the commercials but even those were kinda not super fantastic.

So, instead I ran off to the kitchen because I had a few bananas that were just on the edge of being totally and utterly useless……and I made this amazing homemade Banana Nut Bread.  It’s like a staple in our house now. Totally easy to make and it gives your really brown bananas a purpose beyond getting lost in the back of the freezer because you thought they’d be great in a smoothie. They would….but they always end up in the back of the freezer….how does that even happen?

Overhead shot of banana nut bread on a cooling rack with a blue background.

Anyway, I LOVE making banana bread recipes and have a ton that I linked to for you to check out at the bottom of this post. Banana bread recipes are so totally versatile and all of mine are based off my basic banana bread recipe which is insanely moist and packed with pure banana flavor.

This easy Banana Nut Bread recipe is such a great snack or quick breakfast for busy weekday mornings. It’s wonderful when you warm it up in the microwave for about 10 seconds and then slather with a thick schmear of butter or cream cheese. It makes getting out the door in the morning speedy and sweet. Sweet tasting….not like “SWEET….I get to go to work now!”

Banana Nut Bread on a cutting board with two slices and a white knife.

How to Make Banana Nut Bread

The BEST Banana Nut Bread recipe is incredibly simple to make with just a few kitchen staples.  I made this recipe with walnuts but you can make your Banana Nut Bread recipe with pecans or any other kind of nut you like.

Here’s how to make homemade banana nut bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter beating at medium speed until fluffy.
  3.  On low-speed, add the banana, milk, greek yogurt and eggs mixing until combined.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Keeping the mixer on low-speed and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat just until blended.
  6. Stir in the nuts.
  7. Pour the batter into a 9×5 inch metal loaf pan coated with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack.  Remove from pan and cool on rack.

See how easy it is?  And kids absolutely LOVE this banana bread recipe.  My little guy even likes it with a bit of marshmallow fluff and peanut butter.

Overhead shot of banana nut bread on a wooden cutting board with a slice on a white square plate with a pat of butter on a blue background.

Ingredients for the BEST Banana Nut Bread

To make sure you end up with a super moist Banana Nut Bread recipe, using the right ingredients is key. I always use REALLY ripe bananas because they’re less dry and starchy than yellow or underripe bananas.  Underripe bananas can suck the moisture out of the other ingredients leaving you with dry, crumbly banana bread. Not good eats….at all.

So, always be sure to use high quality, moisture rich ingredients like I do for this moist banana bread recipe:

  • VERY RIPE Bananas (leaning toward brown but not black….heavily freckled bananas will work well, too.)
  • sugar
  • butter
  • greek yogurt
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • nuts

Feel free to add your own twist to the banana nut bread recipe by experimenting with your favorite extracts…sometimes I like to add a splash of vanilla or almond extract.  Sometimes I like to add chocolate chips to my banana nut bread.  The choice is your’s.  As long as you stick to the core list of ingredients for your banana bread before adding in your extras, you will be rewarded with tender, moist banana nut bread guaranteed!

Three slices of Banana Nut Bread stacked on a white square plate.

There are simply no limitations to what you can add to your Banana Nut Bread. And if you want to exercise portion control you can turn this recipe into Banana Nut Bread Muffins just by dividing the batter among the wells of a muffin tin and baking for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top bounces back when gently pressed with your finger.

Light, airy, moist and tender…..the Best Banana Nut Bread recipe may end up being a weekly addition to your meal prep. Kid friendly, husband friendly (or wife friendly), mother in law friendly….you’ll win everyone over with this quick bread recipe I’m sure!

Three sliced of banana nut bread with a pat of butter on top on a white square plate with a gold fork.

For MORE easy Banana Bread Recipes, check out these family favorites:

Blueberry Banana Bread with two slices on a white marble board from TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

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Banana Nut Bread on a brown cutting board with a three stacked slices of bread on a white plate.

The Very Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Course: Baking, Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 271 kcal
Author: Kellie

Super easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe is simple to make with common kitchen ingredients. Tender, moist and perfect for easy snacks.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 2/3 cups mashed ripe banana about 3 bananas
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter beating at medium speed until fluffy. On low-speed, add the banana, milk, greek yogurt and eggs mixing until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Keeping the mixer on low-speed and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat just until blended.
  4. Stir in nuts.
  5. Pour the batter into a 9×5 inch metal loaf pan coated with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

Recipe Notes

Banana Bread can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. To freeze: Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then wrap again with foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before serving.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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