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Classic Banana Nut Bread

This is one of my favorite quick breads to make. You only need one bowl and about 10 minutes to make the batter plus I’m sharing all of my best tips and tricks for making the best banana bread!

close-up photo of sliced banana nut bread on a plate

I love making quick bread because there are so many variations you can make like Blueberry Banana Bread and Chocolate Banana Bread, which are a couple of my favorites. You can also use quick bread batter to make muffins, like my Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

But, as much as I love those other recipes, I always go back to this Classic Banana Nut Bread. I think it might be my favorite banana bread recipe.

close-up photo of a loaf of banana nut bread in a baking pan

I’ve made a lot of quick breads and I’ve learned a lot about how to make a banana bread that is moist, full of banana flavor with a tender crumb. So here are some common questions about making banana bread and my best advice for making the best banana bread:

Is Banana Bread Hard to Make?

Banana bread is not hard to make at all! Unlike regular bread, which requires yeast, kneading and lots of time for the dough to rise, it only takes about 10 minutes to make the batter for banana bread.

The best part about making this recipe is that you only need one bowl to make the batter. I like to cream softened butter and sugar together first. It gives this bread a very tender crumb and a cake-like texture. Then you add the rest of the ingredients, stir and pour the batter into the loaf pans.

What Bananas are Best for Banana Bread?

When you use bananas in baking, it is best to use overripe bananas. You know when a banana is overripe when the peel has turned brown or even black. You want your banana bread to have a strong banana flavor and letting a banana overripen will intensify its flavor. Overripe bananas are also easier to mash and break down easily when you make the batter.

photo of a loaf of banana nut bread

You can leave your bananas out on the counter to ripen. Once the peels have turned brown or black you are ready to make banana bread!

Sometimes, I have bananas that are ready to use but I’m not ready to make bread, so I peel them, place them in a freezer bag, and pop them in the freezer until I’m ready to use them. This stops the ripening process so they don’t go totally bad and then they are ready to go when I’m ready to make banana bread.

When you’re ready to make banana bread all you need to do is leave the frozen bananas out at room temperature for a bit to thaw them. It doesn’t take long for them to thaw, so freezing bananas is a great way to keep overripe bananas on hand.

What Kind of Nuts Can I Add to Banana Bread?

You can pretty much any kind of nuts to your banana bread. I love to add chopped pecans like I did for this banana nut bread recipe I’m sharing today, but here are some other kinds of nuts you can add:

  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Pistachio
  • Hazelnuts
  • Almonds

photo of a slice of banana nut bread on a plate

How Do I Make Moist Banana Bread?

There’s nothing worse than dry banana bread! There are two ingredients in the recipe I’m sharing that makes the banana bread nice and moist. It also stays moist at room temperature for a few days!

  • Over-ripe bananas are full of moisture. Mashing them really well will ensure they fully incorporate into the batter which will help keep your banana bread moist.
  • Sour cream also helps keeps your banana bread moist. It also adds a subtle tanginess to the bread, which I really like.

You also want to make sure you don’t over-bake the bread. I recommend testing the doneness with a cake tester or toothpick. My banana bread usually takes an hour to bake, but depending on your oven you may need to add more time or reduce the time.

It’s a good idea to check the bread about 10 minutes before the recommended cook time. If it’s not done, keep checking it every five minutes or so until the toothpick, inserted in the middle of the bread, comes out clean.

How Long Do I Need to Cool Banana Bread?

Although it’s tempting to slice the banana bread straight from the oven, it’s a good idea to cool the bread in the pan for at least 10 to 15 minutes. At that point, you can remove it from the pan and let it fully cool on a wire baking rack.

In my experience, banana bread tastes best the day after it’s baked. Once it’s fully cooled, I wrap it in plastic wrap and leave it at room temperature. Giving the bread some time to rest allows all of the flavors to fully develop. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious even if you slice into sooner, but I prefer to wait until all of the flavors have had a chance to settle and develop.

How to Store Banana Bread

Depending on how long you want to keep your banana bread there are several ways to store it:

  • Room temperature: Wrap the bread tightly with plastic wrap or tin foil to keep it from drying out. It will keep at room temperature for a few days.
  • Refrigerator: You can also store the banana bread in the refrigerator. Just wrap it tightly or keep it in an airtight container. It will keep well for up to a week this way.
  • Freezer: I love to make big batches of banana bread because it freezes really well. Like the other storage methods, you want to make sure it’s wrapped really well and/or stored in an airtight container. It will keep well in the freezer for two to three months.

photo of three slices of banana nut bread on a plate

You might like my zucchini bread, too!

Classic Banana Nut Bread

Servings: 14 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Quick breads are so fun to make because they don't take long (no yeast or kneading required) and the types of bread you can make are endless. This banana bread with chopped pecans is one of my favorites. This recipe makes two 7x3-inch loaves.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped unsalted pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Grease two 7x3-inch loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, yogurt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add the salt, baking soda, and flour and mix until combined. Fold the pecans into the batter. Divide the batter between the prepared pans.
  • Bake the loaves for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Notes

Recipe adapted from All Recipes

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 333kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 335mg, Potassium: 176mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 25g, NET CARBS: 42g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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One comment on “Classic Banana Nut Bread”

  1. Great recipe! Made it this morning.

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