This homemade banana bread truly is the best banana nut bread recipe out there. It is easy to make, incredibly moist and has a delicious streusel topping!
A MOIST AND SWEET BANANA BREAD RECIPE
This really is the best banana nut bread recipe I have ever made. Who can resist the aroma of freshly baked banana bread? Mmm mmm, so good! Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a sweet dessert, you just cannot go wrong with banana bread. Today I am going to share with you my tried-and-true banana bread recipe that is sure to become your new favorite too. So, grab your mixing bowl and let’s get baking!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
No this is totally optional. The bread will still be moist and delicious without it.
It didn’t bake long enough and isn’t done. Keep in mind, with all baking recipes, oven times vary. Many ovens have hot and cool spots. Some older ovens often lose their ability to keep a consistent temperature while baking or if you open the oven door too many times, it also decreases oven temperature. So to know when your bread is actually done, stick a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean then your bread is ready.
The overly ripe bananas. You want bananas that have black spots or streaks on the peel. The more dark spots on the banana, the more ripe (and therefore, sweeter) the banana. You don’t want green or all yellow bananas.
Yes, it sure can. It will probably make about 8-10 regular sized muffins. Baking time will be slightly shortened so you’ll have to play that timing by ear.
Yes. It actually freezes really well. Just wrap bread in plastic wrap then wrap it in aluminum foil and it will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just defrost in the refrigerator when ready to eat.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- very ripe bananas – this is important, they should have some brown spots on them, if they are still too yellow or even green, they will not be soft enough or sweet enough for this bread
- large egg
- salted butter – you can use unsalted butter but you’ll need to add about a teaspoon of salt to the batter
- vanilla extract – if you really want to increase the banana flavor, try adding banana extract
- all-purpose flour – you could use self-rising flour, just leave out the baking powder in the recipe
- baking powder – most baked goods do not turn out properly because of expired or old baking powder so make sure to check yours before baking
- walnuts – this is optional if you don’t like nuts or maybe try using pecans if that is what you have on hand
HOW TO BAKE BANANA BREAD:
Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan loaf with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, sugar and vanilla extract.
Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
Mix until combined then stir in chopped walnuts.
Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
To make optional streusel topping: Combine flour, butter and sugar until crumbly.
Sprinkle on top of batter.
Bake bread for about an hour. Bread should spring back to the touch. Or you can insert a toothpick in the middle. It should come out clean (no batter sticking to it.)
Allow to cool before slicing.
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Originally published: January 2011
Updated and republished: May 2023
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For the bread:
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, butter and sugar and vanilla extract.
- Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
- Mix until combined then stir in chopped walnuts.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Make streusel topping. Combine flour, butter and sugar until crumbly.
- Sprinkle evenly on top of batter in loaf pan.
- Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool before slicing.
- Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
- This bread can be frozen, see my notes above.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.