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Banana Nut Bread Recipe


In this post I’ll be sharing a moist Banana Nut Bread Recipe.

Banana Bread is a “quick bread”. It’s easy to make and so delicious. Nuts are optional. This is one bread that is always a favorite.

The day before Christmas Eve, I had plans to make a banana pudding for our family dinner the next day. An accident in the area left us without power for a few hours and threw my cooking schedule off.

The next day in the rush to catch up, my dessert of banana pudding got scratched off the menu since we already had pies ready. Sad, I know, I know.

Well the holidays are now behind us and I find myself with a bunch of ripe bananas. Well obviously I must make banana nut bread rather than throw the bananas away. This recipe doubles well if needed for a double batch.

Banana bread with toasted pecans on a plate

Banana Nut Bread with Pecans


  • 1 stick of Butter, melted
  • Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour, all purpose
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • 2 ripe Bananas, mashed
  • Mayonnaise, preferably Duke’s (you can use sour cream if you prefer)
  • Chopped Pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl combine melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and beat together until well combined. Add flour, baking soda, salt and mix to combine. Add mashed bananas, mayonnaise and mix together. Lastly mix in pecans.

Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and add banana nut bread batter.

Bake in a 350 degree oven 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean.

Allow the bread to cool. Slice and serve.

Delicious moist old fashioned homemade banana bread topped with peanut butter and sliced bananas

How Do You Keep This Bread Moist

The addition of mayonnaise keeps this quick bread moist. You can also use sour cream if you prefer instead of the mayonnaise. 

What Nuts Do You Put in Banana Bread

Pecans are a favorite nut in the South, therefore they’re my personal preference in banana bread. Walnuts are also a favorite in this quick bread recipe.  

Best banana bread
Yield: 1 Bread Loaf

Banana Nut Bread

Easy Banana Nut Bread - Delicious and Moist

Homemade banana nut bread is a moist and delicious treat and a great way to use up ripe bananas

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 Stick of Butter, melted
  • 3/4 c Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 c Flour, all purpose
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 c Mayonnaise, (sour cream can be used instead)
  • 1/2 c Toasted Pecans, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla with a hand mixer.
  3. Next, add the flour, baking soda and salt then mix to combine.
  4. Next, add the mashed bananas and mix to combine.
  5. Next, add the mayonnaise (or sour cream) and mix into the batter.
  6. Stir in the toasted pecans.
  7. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray then pour in the batter.
  8. Bake the banana bread 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the bread.
  9. Allow the bread to cool then transfer out of the loaf pan to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 406mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g
banana nut bread

See this recipe at Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

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Julie @ Back To My Southern Roots

Wednesday 15th of May 2019

What a great recipe! I love banana bread. :)

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 15th of May 2019

Thank you friend! Banana bread is so easy to make...I love quick breads.

Miz Helen

Saturday 22nd of October 2016

Hi Julia,Your Banana Nut Bread looks so mosit and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!Miz Helen


Friday 29th of April 2016

Thank you so much .... We love our banana long would you cook in mini bread pans? Thanks

Julia's Simply Southern

Monday 2nd of May 2016

I'm so glad and I'll hope you'll try this recipe. When I use mini bread pans I tend to start checking just before half of the cooking time using regular size pans. I would check first at 25 minutes by inserting a tooth pick into the center of one of the mini loaves and go from there.

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