Pecan Banana Bread

Homemade banana bread with crunchy pecans is the perfect way to start breakfast.  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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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 one from scratch in no time at all.

I grew up on this recipe, I think I could almost make this 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 almond slivers, or add a tablespoon of poppy seeds if desired, or you could even add a few chocolate chips to this recipe.

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.

Do not overmix this bread, it is a quickbread, and once they wet and dry ingredients are combined, do not stir the batter any longer.

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

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 Bread with Pecans

Make amazing homemade banana bread from scratch. 
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana bread, Bananas
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 softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts pecans are recommended


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

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • 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
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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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