Easy Banana Nut Bread

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This Easy Banana Nut Bread recipe gives us what we need right now: options and freedom. Add what you have, add what you will and swap it what you might have on hand. This banana bread bakes up a delicious crumb, that is perfectly sweet, spiced with the perfect amount of add-ins.

Easy Banana Nut Bread

If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing you have 3 or 4 depressing-looking bananas sitting on your counter right now. Or that might’ve been last week and you already threw them in the freezer.

Easy Banana Nut Bread

If so, this recipe is for YOU.

What You’ll Need for Easy Banana Nut Bread

  • All-purpose flour. This is obviously our base!
  • Butter or oil. This recipe allows you to use butter or oil. I used olive oil and it was delicious. A neutral oil will also work (avocado oil, vegetable oil or canola oil).
  • Nuts. Your choice of nuts is great! And you can also leave it out in case you don’t have any. Think pecans, walnuts, chopped walnuts or pine nuts.
  • Seeds. Again, super optional. You can use pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, millet—your choice!
    Ground cinnamon. I love the flavor of cinnamon and banana.
  • Brown sugar or white sugar. You can use either and it’ll work great. The one pictured was baked with brown sugar.
  • Eggs. Important. Have you read this post from The Kitchn that discusses egg replacements. Pretty interesting. Haven’t tried it with this recipe.
  • Bananas. I like to use 1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas. That equaled to about 4 small ripe bananas.
  • Baking soda. I like using adding it to the banana because bananas are super acidic and it just activates the heck out of it.

Substitution Options

I discussed this above a bit but here is the breakdown of what you can substitute:

  • Nuts – use what you have in your pantry. Pictured, I used walnuts.
  • Seeds – skip it all together or use what you have. I used pumpkin seeds.
  • Chocolate chips – you can skip it OR you can use whatever you have. I used some random semi-sweet chocolate chips I had.
  • Butter or oil – I used olive oil but have made this plenty with melted butter. Other oils like avocado oil, vegetable oil or canola work as well.
  • Brown sugar or white sugar – Both work. I used brown sugar but have made this recipe with white sugar, too.
  • Rum or bourbon – You could add 1 tablespoon to up the flavor. I personally didn’t use it for this recipe but it would be delicious.

Can You Use Frozen Bananas for Banana Bread

Quick answer: absolutely. But there’s a caveat. You don’t want to use them straight from the freezer. Allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight OR thaw them in a bowl on your kitchen counter. And then you’ll notice some residual liquid at the bottom of the bowl; dump that out and then continue using the and smashing the bananas.

Easy Banana Nut Bread

How to Freeze Banana Bread

Freezing banana bread couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is let it come to room temperature completely. And then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. When I’m freezing it, I like to do two layers of plastic wrap. I like to label it, add a date and then keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Store banana bread on the counter for up to 1 week. I just wrap it in plastic wrap. It’s actually better the second or third day, in my humble opinion.

Easy Banana Nut Bread

Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Serving Size: 8
Calories: 281kcal
This Easy Banana Nut Bread recipe gives us what we need right now: options and freedom. Add what you have, add what you will and swap it what you might have on hand. This banana bread bakes up a delicious crumb, that is perfectly sweet, spiced with the perfct amount of add-ins. 


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas , (from 3-4 very ripe bananas)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, (optional)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or neutral oil, (I used olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts, (your choice and optional)
  • 1/4 cup seeds, (your choice and optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, (optional)


To Make Banana Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 8x4-inch loaf pan; and set aside.I also like to put a piece of parchment that spans just the center length with its ends coming out for easy release.
  • In a small bowl, mix the all-purpose flour and salt.
  • Place the bananas on a cutting board and mash them using a fork. I find this the easiest way to mash 'em up.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, baking soda, oil (or butter), sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. Fold in the flour mixture, until just combined, being sure not to over mix. Next, fold in nuts (if using), the seeds (if using) and chocolate chips (if using).

Add the Topping (if you like):

  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. If you like, you can add a sliced banana on the top, along with a sprinkling of seeds as garnish. Transfer to the oven to bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then invert the loaf and cool it on a cooling rack. The banana bread will stay delicious and hydrated for up to 5 days when securely wrapped in plastic wrap.
  • To Freeze Banana Bread: Cool completely to room temperature. Wrap tightly in two layers of plastic wrap, label, date it and transfer to the freezer for up to 3 months.


Options I Used: 
Nuts: Walnuts; Seeds: Pumpkin Seeds; Oil: Olive Oil 
8x4-inch Loaf Pan |Stainless Steel Bowls | Chef's Knife | Parchment Paper Sheets | Measuring Cups | Measuring Spoons
CourseBread, Breakfast
Keywordbanana nut bread reccipe, super moist banana bread recipe, super moist banana nut bread recipe
Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt April 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    5 stars
    Perfect quarantine bake! I struck gold with a bunch of bananas I had forgotten about in my freezer. Just made some, waited about 5 min to eat the first slice. Delicious! I love all the seeds, and I did 1/3 whole wheat flour, which also worked out great.

  • Reply Laura@baking in pyjamas October 2, 2013 at 6:59 am

    So gonna bake sometime soon. I’ve had a banana bread craving over the past few weeks too.

  • Reply Jamie September 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    This sounds incredible! I’m going to try to make a diabetic-friendly version of this. If anyone else is interested, feel free to check out my blog at http://www.BetterOffHealthy.com!

  • Reply Jana L. September 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I made this bread yesterday and it’s pretty much gone already. Delicious! And so comforting.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 24, 2013 at 8:56 am

      YES! Everything I blog I actually love, but I do have favorites. THIS is definitely a recent-favorite of mine.

  • Reply Suzanne September 21, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    yum banana and chocolate together in bread…my fav!

  • Reply Denisse @ Le Petit Chef September 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Yum, the combo of burnt bananas, rum and chocolate has my mouth watering! What a great way to elevate standard banana bread!

  • Reply Stu Borken September 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    No No No, not that square edge pan. Go to this site and this is the Nordic Ware pan I use. It has bananas in the impression and palm trees which have nothing to do with bananas but, so what, they look nice.

  • Reply Stu Borken September 19, 2013 at 3:20 am

    I have a question. Your recipe is almost ident. to mine, except I add an acid to give the bicarbonate of soda something to work with to form gas and then raise the banana bread. I use 1/4 cup milk plus 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (any vinegar would do the same thing). This reacts with the baking soda and causes a heft, rise. I’m essentially making a small dose of buttermilk. I’m lactose intol. so I use Lactaid whole milk.
    I live in Minneapolis, Mn. and Nordic Ware is just down the street. They sell a banana bread aluminum baking pan. It turns out a nice looking banana bread.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Stu, I love the addition of buttermilk to banana bread. But bananas are actually pretty acidic, hence the reason why the baking soda is added directly to the bananas. Once they mix together, rising will begin. And yes, I do believe I know the pan you’re referring to–it’s perfectly square (no rounded edges), and it’s on my to-purchase list!

  • Reply Cass @foodmyfriend September 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Haha! I can just see you there with your pottery wheel 😛 I too have a new hobby – gardening! and this time I am determined. Love this bread. Such an awesome mix of flavours. The last rum I bought tasted like vanilla essence. Weird.

  • Reply Sarah | The Sugar Hit September 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Gorgeous – I love that you’re having your own little rom-com moment in pottery class. And the Russian-ish teacher? Classic. Keep at it girl!

  • Reply Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg September 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Yes, a nice big slice of this banana bread with my coffee please!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Oh yes to rum in my banana bread!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I love the title for this bread! It sounds freaking fabulous.

  • Reply Megan | Hint of Vanilla September 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    That’s hilarious! It’s always nice to hear stories like this from bloggers, all we usually hear is how wonderful and picturesque and happy their lives are. It’s nice to know you’re human, just like us

  • Reply michelle September 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

    hi Adrianna,
    i love your banana bourbon cake! I can make that and I will try this one out too. I love how do-able your recipes are and yet they look so professional! yeah!!!

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