Banana Nut Bread

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If you are new a baking bread and you’re looking for an easy recipe to start with, you’ve found the perfect one right here.

You just can’t believe how simple it is to make this classic loaf of bread. This has become a tradition of ours every Thanksgiving morning. It’s wonderful fresh out of the oven, but it reheats so easily, too. And it requires no proofing (dough rising), so it’s quick and easy!

Sliced Banana Nut Bread with butter on a wooden cutting board with a glass of Champagne next to it.
sliced banana nut bread with butter is just so good


As mentioned, this banana nut bread recipe is really very simple to make, but the results are heavenly.

We love using our stand mixer to bring the batter together, but an electric hand mixer, or even wooden spoons and some good elbow grease will work, too!

EXPERT TIP: You’ll need to make sure your butter is softened. But don’t worry if you’ve forgotten to set your butter out to get nice and soft. Click here to learn how you can soften butter quickly before baking.

An overhead view looking into a stand mixer bowl filled with bread batter.
Flour, sugar and butter are always a good place to start

The key ingredients are butter, vanilla extract, and of course bananas!

We love throwing in some chopped Marciano cherries and chopped pecans for added texture, taste, and color.

But that’s up to you!

Banana Nut bread batter mixing with pecans and cherries in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment in it.
Throw in some toasted pecans and chopped maraschino cherries, just for good measure

Another classic holiday brunch dish we love to serve is our Banana Caramel French Toast Casserole.

But, let us tell you, nothing beats a delicious banana nut bread fresh out of the oven.

EXPERT TIP: Any kind of rectangular loaf pan will work. We often use our ceramic loaf pan, but metal pans distribute heat more evenly, and produce nicely browned, and evenly cook loaves of bread. Glass dishes will work, but we find ceramic and metal works best.

Baked banana nut bread in white ceramic loaf pan.
Cook at 350 F for 50 to 60 minutes. So good.


As mentioned, we love serving this bread to guests during the holidays.

But, honestly, any time of the year it is so nice to just heat up a slice and add a little smear of butter.

It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even snack time!

Banana Nut Bread on a wooden cutting board next to a knife and butter
banana nut bread ready to be sliced

Ready to make the simplest, yet one of the most delicious loaves of bread in the world? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!

Sliced Banana Nut Bread with butter on a wooden cutting board with a glass of Champagne next to it.

Banana Nut Bread

Delicious banana nut bread. Yum.
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Course: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baking, Banana, Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 316kcal


  • tbsp unsalted butter room temp
  • cup sugar
  • 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup bananas ripe, mashed (about 2)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup Maraschino cherries diced, optional


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F and butter a loaf pan
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until the consistency of brown sugar
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder
  • Beat in the flour mixture into the butter/sugar cream mixture
  • Slowly beat in the eggs
  • Fold in the bananas, pecans and cherries
  • Pour into prepared loaf oven
  • Bake in oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Test with a toothpick. After inserting, is should come out clean. That's when it's done.
  • Cool slightly on a rack. Remove from pan and slice.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: -17g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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