This is the Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe in town, using only 1 bowl and simple ingredients. You’re only an hour away from moist, lightly sweet, flavorful banana bread! If you have spotty bananas lying around, this recipe is for you.
I’m sharing the Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe today because I prefer banana bread with nuts. Some people are banana bread purists and others prefer chocolate chips, but I am in the nut category (though if I’m being honest, I’ve never met a banana bread I didn’t like). This is a delicious, adaptable, moist banana bread recipe that is nearly fail-proof. It’s the epitome of comfort and happiness and by the end of the week, I always seem to have spotty bananas around to make this or simple banana bread muffins.
My kids and husband alike beg for me to make baked goods more often then not and since we do tend to make our way through bushels of bananas, some of those definitely make their way into this recipe. Do your kids LOVE bananas as much as mine do?
How to Make Banana Bread with nuts
My recipe for banana bread obviously calls for walnuts (classic) but be sure to check out my adaptions below.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a light colored loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir oil, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and mashed banana together until mostly smooth.
- Add in dry ingredients slowly with buttermilk until a uniform batter comes together.
- Stir in chopped walnuts by hand.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan and top with more nuts.
- Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean with a few moist crumbs.
- Cool at least 15 minutes before removing from hot pan and slicing.
Keeping Banana Bread Moist
I have created this recipe using specific ingredients to keep this loaf as moist as possible. The beauty of this is you probably already have 99% of the listed ingredients on hand already. I love recipes like that!
- Bananas – What is Banana Bread without bananas? Obviously you want to use ripe bananas for extra sweetness, but mashed banana is one of the main moist-makers in this recipe.
- Oil and Butter- For any loaf, I tend to use oil AND butter. Vegetable or canola oil keeps it moist and butter adds that delicious buttery flavor that cannot be beat.
- Buttermilk – There is something rich and creamy about using buttermilk in baked goods that I just love. If you can’t find it or happen to have buttermilk handy, feel free to substitute it for milk + vinegar. No one will know 🙂
Pro Tips for making Banana Nut Bread
Use the right loaf pan – I use this lightly colored loaf pan that doesn’t darken the sides too quickly. Since loaves usually take about an hour in the oven, you want to limit how brown the sides get. If you’re using a nonstick, darker metal pan, you’ll end up with really crispy edges. If you like crispy edges, then all the more power to ya. But, I love a soft loaf the entire way around and I find a lighter colored loaf pan is the way to achieve that. If you happen to pull your loaf out of the pan and it has a few crispy edges, wrap it in plastic wrap when it’s lukewarm for an hour or two. It’ll soften those edges right up.
Use fresh walnuts – Nuts have oils in them and if they have been sitting on your pantry shelf for a little too long, those oils will go rancid. This goes for any nut, not just walnuts! If you try a walnut out of the package, you should be able to tell if it has gone rancid. (It should have a stronger, unpleasant flavor.) Since half of this recipe is bananas and the other half is basically nuts, you want to make sure you use the tastiest and freshest ones.
Let it cool completely before slicing – This is just a rule of thumb for any sort of loaf recipe. If you want clean and beautiful slices, wait until it’s cooled completely. If you don’t really care, slice away! Warm banana nut bread is hard to beat, even if it isn’t completely picture perfect.
Variations for this Banana Nut Bread Recipe
If walnuts aren’t your thing, here are a few common and delicious options!
- Purist– simply omit nuts and bake a plain banana bread.
- Change the nuts – if you don’t like or don’t have walnuts on hand, pecans, almonds or cashews are a great option!
- Chocolate chips – substitute out the chopped walnuts for chocolate chips. 1/2 cup in the batter and 1/4 cup sprinkled on top. Delicious!
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Have a great day, friends!
The Best Banana Nut Bread Recipe
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease light colored loaf pan (8 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4” high) with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix oil, butter, and sugar until well combined. Stir in eggs, vanilla, and banana until smooth.
- Gently stir in dry ingredients and buttermilk until a uniform batter has formed. Scrape sides to ensure no lumps are present. Stir in 1/2 cup walnuts. Pour into prepared pan and top with remaining 1/4 cup chopped nuts.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the lower half of the oven or until completely baked. Remove from oven and cool at least 15 minutes before removing from pan. Slice and serve.