Banana Nut Bread

Homemade banana nut bread with crunchy pecans is the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy this delicious bread for breakfast or an afternoon snack. You can make this quick bread in just about 1 hour.

4 slices of banana bread with pecans on a plate

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Banana Nut Bread from Scratch

If you have never made homemade banana bread, you are missing out on one delicious treat. Have you ever had bananas turn brown and a little bit soft on you? This is a perfect way to use up bananas that may not look pretty.

It is very easy to make your own homemade banana bread. You don’t need to purchase a box mix, you can make the best banana bread from scratch in no time at all.

I grew up on this recipe. I think I could almost make this banana bread without even looking at the recipe. It is easy to prepare, and you can modify this recipe if you desire.

I love pecans in this recipe, but you could use walnuts, almonds, or add a tablespoon of poppy seeds. You could even add chocolate chips for extra flavor.

Banana Nut Bread Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Ripe bananas
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Nuts, pecans are recommended

How to Make Banana Nut Bread

  1. Place 1 cup of flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  2. Add mashed banana, softened butter, and milk. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until blended, then on high speed for 2 minutes. 
  3. Add eggs and the remaining flour and beat until blended. Stir in nuts.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. 
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 
  6. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove the bread from pan and cool thoroughly on the wire rack.
  7. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Banana Bread Baking Tips

I personally love to use King Arthur all-purpose flour, it is milled differently than other flour, and your result is a dense bread that is tender.

Use imperfect bananas for this recipe. Bruised, browned, and mushy bananas are perfect for this recipe.

Top the bread with pecan halves.

a loaf of banana bread cut into slices with pecans

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4 slices of banana bread with pecans on a plate

Banana Nut Bread

Make amazing homemade banana nut bread from scratch. It's moist, delicious, and loaded with crunchy pecans.
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana bread, Banana Nut Bread, Bananas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 239kcal


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 to 3 medium bananas)
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans are recommended)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the mashed banana, softened butter, and milk.
  • Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till blended, and then on high speed for 2 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and remaining flour. Beat until blended.
  • Stir in the nuts.
  • Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the bread for 10 minutes in the pan.
  • Then remove the banana bread from pan, and cool thoroughly on a wire rack.
  • Wrap and store overnight before slicing.


  • I love King Arthur all-purpose flour!
  • Use those ugly brown bananas for this recipe.
  • Be sure to top the bread with extra pecans.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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