Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread

Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread to enjoy with a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread is one of my life’s little pleasures.  Freshly baked Starbucks banana bread is hard to beat.  Starbucks Banana walnut bread isn’t difficult to make. You can make banana walnut bread that will taste just like Starbucks.

A loaf of homemade Starbucks Banana Nut Bread

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This coffeehouse is everyone’s favorite coffee shop and there’s one or more in every neighborhood. If you want a tasty something to go with your grande cappuccino, Starbucks offers some delicious bread and cakes – classic coffee cake, cinnamon swirl coffee cake, pumpkin bread, caramelized apple pound cake, iced lemon pound cake, double chocolate chunk brownie, and my favorite banana walnut bread.

A Delicious Banana-Nutty Treat

Starbucks banana walnut bread is one of my life’s little pleasures. Combine this delicious, moist bread with a perfect Starbucks venti caffè latte to make a bigger pleasure. Freshly baked banana walnut bread is hard to beat, and you can enjoy it freshly baked any time if you make it at home. It’s not difficult to make, and it will taste just like Starbucks. In fact, it will be even fresher because you can enjoy this banana walnut bread while it’s still warm out of the oven.

The Flour

By using bread flour if you have it on hand, as it gives the bread a more dense, chewier texture. If you don’t have bread flour in your cupboard, you can use all-purpose flour, and the banana walnut bread will still turn out just fine.

The Bananas

Improve on Starbucks banana walnut bread by using bananas that are overripe as the overripeness definitely enhances the flavor. It’s a very good way to use up those bananas that have been lying around because you’ve forgotten all about them. They look unappealing in their brown spotted skin, but they’re perfect for making banana bread. If you don’t have overripe bananas, you can use regular ones, but they won’t make the bread taste quite as good.

Homemade Starbucks Banana Nut Bread

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A loaf of homemade Starbucks Banana Nut Bread

Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread

Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread is so easy to make at home.  You are going to love how tasty this bread is. 
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks Recipes
Servings: 10
Calories: 297kcal


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour bread flour is recommended
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas this is usually 2 or 3 bananas
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 egg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts divided use


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  
  • In a medium-size bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt), stir together to combine. In another medium-size bowl combine margarine and sugar, with a mixer cream the margarine, and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in mashed bananas, eggs, milk and mix well. 
  • Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix until the flour is just mixed in, then add in the remaining flour and 1/2 cup walnuts, blend together until everything is mixed together.
  •  Do not over stir. Pour batter into a greased 8x4 inch loaf pan. Then top the batter with the remaining chopped walnuts. 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. While Starbucks does not make their banana bread with butter, I think this comes out richer this way. I also like to add in a sprinkle or two of cinnamon and sugar into this, again, not in their recipe, it does add that little something extra.



Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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  1. Suzanne

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have been looking for a simple and easy banana bread recipe and yours is perfect! I used muscovado sugar, added a bit more of banana and a vanilla. It came out soft, moist and tasty. It is my first time to bake a bread loaf and you made it so easy. Thank you!

      • Baking mom 7

        I added brown sugar, and regular sugar, equivalent to 2/3 cup. 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, a little cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg….????

  2. Sandy

    I had a copy of the recipe from Starbucks when they gave them out years ago but in the house move 3 months ago I have lost it. Your recipe looks almost exactly like theirs does so thank you for sharing it. I think they had some cinnamon in theirs which I had changed to nutmeg (personal taste )

  3. Debbie A

    Had a banana sitting on the counter past time for freezing so I made this with minor adjustments 1 sitting on counter banana and some frozen slices of banana (defrosted in microwave), because I wanted a slight banana flavor less than a cup. Added a few shacks of nutmeg. Didn’t want to wait an hour for baking so I used muffin pan (recipe made 12). For the top I used the remainder of the stick margarine 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour mix till crumbly add to the walnuts and topped baked for about 30 to 35 minutes on 350. Yummy Thanks for sharing ( have never had Starbucks) but my husband _ who always thinks banana bread/muffins are to banana tasting loved this & ask if I used a mix.

  4. Noura

    Love this recipe! Made a few times and it came out just wonderful and yummy. I do have a question, my father-in-law is diabetic. How can I alternate the recipe into sugar free? I was thinking honey instead of the sugar, would I have to increase the amount or keep it the same? Also, what about substituting the sugar with Splenda? Would love your input!

  5. Kinjal

    I hate to bake, but I did not want to waste the 3 over ripen bananas I had. I love love, the banana walnut bread from Starbucks, and I followed your recipe. The only thing I changed was I used butter instead of margarine and I added a splash of vanilla essence. I cannot express how yummy the bread turned out. It was even better than Starbucks (at least in eyes)
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!

  6. Geeta

    Hi Dear, your recipe is just awesome..When I came to US and tried banana walnut bread for the first time in starbucks, I just loved it..yesterday I tried your recipe and it came out so well and super yummy. My husband and I loved it..and my husband said , taste is same as what we get in starbucks ..and he said you can take a gift for you for this delicious bread 🙂 I am sooo happy..Thanks Again !!!

  7. Chris

    I just made this bread this morning. It is delicious. Didn’t change a thing. I’ve never had Starbucks version but it just looked and sounded good. I sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top of the loaf together with the walnuts. To Die For ???? lol Thank you! We will b making this again!

  8. Rachel

    Loved this recipe! I didn’t feel like running to the store so I used half the called for amount of walnuts and added chocolate chips. Turned out perfect! I was wondering if I wanted to add more banana, perhaps another cup, would that offset he amount of other ingredients? Would I need to increase everything by a touch more? Thanks! Rachel

  9. Donna Slavich

    I have an old Fannie Farmer Cookbook that has the best bread and cookie recipes. The banana bread is to die for. I also do splashes of cinnamon/sugar in a lot of dishes, particularly meats. Experiment, it’s fun.

  10. justine

    why on earth would you list the sugar second and then tell us to mix all the dry ingredients together when what you meant was mix the sugar with the margarine…..might want to fix that.

  11. Abbi M

    Love this recipe! My husband is always asking for me to make it. Its gone in one day. I wonder if it would be good with some chocolate chips added?

    • stephaniemanley

      I have to agree I think the bread flour makes all of the difference. While it isn’t 100% necessary, I really think it helps!

  12. Cherry658

    I made this today with my children. Haven’t tried it at Starbucks but we had fun making it and it turned out great! Thanks for this recipe. I will be making it again and again. Also, I just saw the Olive Garden Chicken Scampi and I will be trying that next since we don’t have Olive Garden here in Oahu, Hawaii.

    • stephaniemanley

      I am so happy that you made the recipe, and you liked how it turned out. You may not have an Olive Garden, but I bet you have a Starbucks ;-). Thank you for giving the recipe a try.

  13. Lindsey Updegraff

    I haven’t tasted it yet, BUT it came out much taller than it ever has. I used the exact recipe listed above with the exception of the butter instead of marg…as the poster put in the notes. I also used a 9×3 glass pyrex at 325deg for 55 mins, the stick still came out wet so another 10, wet again, 10 more, still wet, then another 5 – dry. I’d rather under cook than over cook 🙂

    It looks and smells AMAZING. I hope it tastes just as good 🙂

    • stephaniemanley

      Thanks Lindsey for giving this a try. It is a great way to use up some old bananas. Heck, sometimes I just let my bananas turn brown to make this bread.

  14. jan

    I just found this recipe the other day. I have my granny’s banana bread, but it’s a little heavy for me. I tried this and almost ate the whole loaf. So good…I used oil instead of butter or margarine. Yummy

  15. Bethany Byard

    This was delicious! Just what I was looking for. It was super moist. I omitted the walnuts (not a fan of banana nut bread 🙂 )

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