Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This is the best recipe for banana nut bread! Moist with brown sugar topping sinking into every nook & cranny, you’re sure to go nuts over it!

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You’ll Love this Recipe for Banana Nut Bread

This banana nut bread gets all the marks. With a moist, tender crumb this bread boasts a sweet banana flavor without being too in your face. Peppered with the chopped nuts of your choosing and crowned with a sweet brown sugar topping, every bite perfectly balances nutty and sweet. 

To ensure this bread stays nice and moist, be sure not to overmix the batter and be cautious when you measure your flour. This will help it stay light and tender without becoming dry. I love to eat this bread while it’s still slightly warm with a pat of salty butter on top, but anyway you serve this up you’re going to fall in love.

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Moist Banana Nut Bread Ingredients

  • Salted butter, melted – I always use salted butter! 
  • Brown sugar + extra for topping – The brown sugar topping on top MAKES this! 
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Mashed bananas – Make sure these bananas are ripened. The riper they are, the sweeter they (and your bread) will be. 
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda – This will help the bread rise! 
  • Salt
  • Pecans or walnuts, chopped – Use whatever type of nut you’d like.

What nut goes in banana bread?

You can choose! This recipe calls for chopped pecans or walnuts, based on your preference.

A slice of banana bread on a plate next to a loaf.

How to Make Homemade Banana Nut Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a 9-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Using either an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer, blend the melted butter and brown sugar together. Then incorporate the vanilla, eggs, and mashed banana.
  3. Gradually add the flour, baking soda, salt and 1/2 cup of the chopped nuts to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. 
  5. Onto the batter in the pan, sprinkle the top of the banana bread with extra brown sugar and the remaining chopped nuts.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 55-60 minutes, ensuring it passes the toothpick test before removing from the oven.
  7. Allow the bread to cool slightly or completely before slicing, depending on your preference. Enjoy!
Two slices of homemade banana bread on a plate.

Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe Substitutions

You can make a few changes to this banana nut bread recipe to fit your preferences! Switch up the types of nuts you add or put chocolate chips in to add some extra flavor.

Tips for keeping this Banana Nut Bread Recipe Moist

Luckily, the bananas add extra moisture to your bread and keep it nice and soft. This recipe is also designed to have the perfect ratio of flour to keep it from becoming too dry. But overall, the most important key for keeping this moist is ensuring you don’t over bake it!

How to Ripen Bananas for Homemade Banana Nut Bread

If you have a few days, you can place the bananas in a brown paper bag which will speed up the ripening process. If you need banana bread today, you can also ripen bananas quickly by placing them in the oven at 300˚F until the skins turn black. Or pierce an unpeeled banana all over with a fork and microwave for 30 seconds.

Super Moist Banana Nut Bread Recipe FAQs

Why is my banana bread so dry?

Your banana nut bread may end up dry because of a few reasons: 
1) Your bread was overbaked 
2) The ratio of dry to wet ingredients was off, making it dry to begin with.

Thankfully, this recipe has perfected the balance to yield incredibly moist bread every time!

Why is my banana bread always so dense?

This can happen when you’ve over mixed your batter! Make sure you mix until just combined to prevent this from becoming too dense.

Why is my banana bread still raw in the middle?

If your banana bread is raw in the middle, it needs to be baked longer. Put it back in the oven and pull out when you insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean. If the top starts to brown, you can cover it with tinfoil until it’s done baking.

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Homemade Banana Nut Bread

This is the best recipe for banana nut bread! Moist with brown sugar topping sinking into every nook & cranny, you’re sure to go nuts over it!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 92kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar + extra for topping
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a 9-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  • Using either an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer, blend the melted butter and brown sugar together. Then incorporate the vanilla, eggs, and mashed banana.
  • Gradually add the flour, baking soda, salt and 1/2 cup of the chopped nuts to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Onto the batter in the pan, sprinkle the top of the banana bread with extra brown sugar and the remaining chopped nuts.
  • Bake at 350°F for 55-60 minutes, ensuring it passes the toothpick test before removing from the oven.
  • Allow the bread to cool slightly or completely before slicing, depending on your preference. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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