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The Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
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The Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This is the best banana nut bread recipe you'll ever find. It's so fluffy and moist and light, you won't believe your taste buds. And the recipe is so easy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 1 loaf


  • 2 c flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ c (1 stick) salted butter, softened
  • c granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c overripe bananas, smashed (about 4 bananas)
  • ½ c chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Vegetable shortening (for greasing pan)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mash bananas in a small bowl using a fork until they’re pretty smooth.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Just stir it all together with a spoon until everything is well mixed.
  • Next, using a KitchenAid stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, mix butter, sugars, and vanilla.
  • With mixer still turning, add eggs one at a time, then add bananas.
  • Again, with mixer turning, add dry ingredients to wet, and mix just until everything is moist. Do not overmix the batter. We want to keep it light and fluffy.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. As soon as a toothpick is mostly clean, take it out of the oven immediately. If overbaked, it can quickly become dense and heavy. 
  • Flip the bread out of the loaf pan onto a cooling rack and let cool slightly before serving.