Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe – Perfect For All Those Bananas You Have Lying Around

My daughter and I made this easy banana nut bread recipe the other day and have been enjoying it for breakfast ever since! A delicious treat and the perfect option to make once you notice that your bananas are starting to turn.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a warm, hearty, homemade, sweet treat that everyone will love.

Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

banana nut bread recipe

I love to make recipes that will work for me for the entire week. Batches of oatmeal pancakes or loaves of banana nut bread that my family can then eat for several days in a row. These are the recipes that I turn to as a busy mom because then I have one less thing to worry about in the morning! Bliss!

But make no mistake – this special treat can also become your go-to hostess and holiday gifting option for friends and family. A wrapped up banana nut bread homemade and from the heart? Who wouldn’t want to serve that to her guests? The recipe is foolproof and the tastes are undeniable.

And can we talk about Starbucks for a second? I order a Starbucks Banana Nut bread almost every single time I head into their store.

So, if I make one of these banana loafs instead of ordering a Starbucks Banana Nut bread every day… I’m saving major BANK! This is a win-win for everyone!! Ok, let’s get right down to the recipe.

Ingredients For Banana Nut Bread

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 whole bananas mashed
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (make your own recipe below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup walnuts or pecans chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

How To Make Buttermilk At Home

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, there is an easy way for you to make it at home. For every 1 cup of milk, stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar. Then let it sit for 5 minutes or so.

how to make buttermilk at home

I usually do this right at the beginning as I start to prepare the rest of the ingredients. Then, when I am ready to add in my buttermilk, I have it ready! Easier than you think – I promise! Especially, when you can’t make it to the store.

How To Make Easy Banana Nut Bread

Preheat your oven 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan and set aside. Mash the bananas until they are combined fully and set aside.

mashed bananas

Grab a large bowl and combine all of your wet ingredients and stir well. Add in your bananas. Then add in your dry ingredients except the nuts. Continue to mix until combined.

banana nut bread

Reserve 1/4 of the nuts for the top of your banana nut bread and set aside. Add the remainder of your nuts into your mixture and stir. Place mixture into greased pan. Top with remaining nuts.

** Personally, I add a lot more nuts to the top of my banana nut loaf for my family. As you can see in my photos, but I didn’t want you to feel like you had to over do it with the nuts if you weren’t into it. If you like a lot of nuts, then go crazy and top with as many nuts as you want!! We like a lot of crunch! **

Baked for 55-60 minutes. Enjoy!

Banana Bread Substitutions

If you don’t like nuts in your dishes, here is my traditional banana bread recipe for you to enjoy. It’s actually made without buttermilk and has a bit of a different vibe if you’d like to check it out!

You could also always add things like Nutella, chocolate chips, raisins and cranberries. There are plenty of additions to consider when whipping up this banana nut bread recipe. It all depends on your preference.

Even the nut choice! To be honest with you, I usually have pecans around the house more times than I have walnuts. So, odds are that I’d make a banana nut bread with pecans over any other nut! But that’s just me. Either way – it works and it tastes fantastic.

Storing And Freezing Tips

The great news about any type of baked bread recipe is that, once it’s cooled, you will be able to store it for up to 5 days if it is properly sealed in plastic wrap – at room temperature. We leave our Banana Bread right on the counter and then take what we need when we need it. So easy!

As far as freezing is concerned, you need to make sure that your bread is cooled completely and then as long as you have it tightly wrapped up, you can freeze this treat for up to 3 months! That’s why, when I make this recipe, I usually double up and make two. Saves me time and energy.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe for banana bread. If you have some ripe bananas (or even some black ones), you should just always print this page out and make use of them! Grab a pan and bake until everyone in your house is begging for a slice. A quick bread recipe that is a family favorite and an all-day treat.

banana bread loaf
banana nut bread recipe

Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 whole bananas mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (make your own recipe below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup walnuts or pecans chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven 325 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  3. Mash the bananas until they are combined fully and set aside.
  4. Grab a large bowl and combine all of your wet ingredients and stir well. Add in your bananas. Then add in your dry ingredients except the nuts. Continue to mix until combined.
  5. Reserve 1/4 of the nuts for the top of your banana nut bread and set aside. Add the remainder of your nuts into your mixture and stir. Place mixture into greased pan. Top with remaining nuts.
  6. Baked for 55-60 minutes. Enjoy!

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