Walnut Banana Bread


To those who don’t find comfort in the sometimes wearing process of mixing, beating, flouring, shaping, and rolling a typical loaf of bread, the simple process of making and baking a banana bread should be right up their alley.

Swirl together some sugar, egg, vanilla, and flour into a soft, rich texture, add banana (which, once baked, accounts for most of the bread’s natural sweetness), and simply pour your mixture into a loaf pan – no fancy gadgets required. What you end up with is a moist and velvety, almost cake-like bread that is as delicious with your morning coffee as it is with your afternoon tea. Irresistible with a swipe of butter, but even better with cream cheese, at least in my opinion.

No need to roll your sleeves up for this one, folks. All is takes is a few brown bananas and a willingness to share…

4.67 from 3 votes

Walnut Banana Bread

Servings 1 loaf


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium ripe bananas smashed
  • 1 tbsp. pure or imitation vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts optional
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, butter and eggs in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low, add banana and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Spoon batter into a loaf pan lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Cool completely and slice with a serrated bread knife.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. This recipe looks delicious… so delicious in fact that I think it would be too dangerous for me to make, it would disappear way too fast!

  2. OMG this looks so good!

  3. I think I might have to make this right NOW!! I planned on making pumpkin muffins. This first and then them!

  4. This is simply awesome Georgia… Guess what… my search to a delicious banana nut bread ends here…bookmarking rightaway…
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  5. Georgia this bread disappeared in seconds. In fact my family was disappointed I only made one. I wanted to ask… how long is it’s shelf life? Do you think I could make ahead and freeze?

    We loved it!

  6. Hi Jen! I’m so glad you enjoyed this banana bread. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know! I’d say it would last about 4 days on the counter, a little longer if chilled, if you don’t eat it all first. ;) I’ve never made it and freezed it, but I don’t think it would ruin the bread. I’d thaw it on the counter for a few hours, then warm it up in the oven.

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  8. 5 stars
    Really tasty and really good!

  9. 4 stars
    I love banana bread, especially my mom’s, but like to cook so I thought I’d make my own. I followed your recipe, mostly, but had to use baking powder instead of soda! No soda on hand! I used a glass bread pan, Pyrex, it was the only one I had! I baked for 60 minutes exactly but it was still not quite fully cooked so I put it back in for another 12-15 minutes to finish. Maybe if I had a metal pan it may have gotten done sooner? Nevertheless, it turned out good for my first attempt! Maybe I will use some sour cream next time?! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I just made this. I added raisins and cranberries and cherries .leftover from Thanksgiving. It was too much batter for my small loaf pan so i made another batch and put it in a bunt pan ..its delicious

  11. 5 stars
    I made this and it’s amazing! Turned out super moist and everyone LOVES IT! My new go-to recipe.

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