Simple Banana Bread Recipe (with Nuts) (2024)

This classic homemade Banana Bread is so simple and is the ultimate sweet bread loaf! Soft and moist banana bread loaded with dried fruit and chopped nuts – the perfect banana bread recipe.

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Banana bread is the way to go when you need to use up ripe bananas and want a sweet bread loaf. From this easy classic recipe to our raspberry white chocolate banana bread to our moist banana carrot bread, you can never go wrong with homemade banana bread.


This bread loaf is SO EASY to make and packed with so much flavor from the mashed bananas, mixed nuts and dried fruit. This is my go-to bread to make whenever we are craving something sweet but want a quick recipe, plus it’s a great way to use up any ripe bananas.

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The ingredients you need to make this simple bread loaf are so basic and you most likely have them in your kitchen:

  • BANANAS– You’ll want the bananas ripe and soft. Yes, the ugly browned banana.
  • EGGS– Large eggs are needed.
  • SUGAR– Granulated sugar works just fine.
  • SOUR CREAM– You can substitute the sour cream for yogurt or buttermilk.
  • OIL– Gives the bread its softness.
  • FLOUR– All-purpose flour is what we used.
  • VANILLA & CINNAMON– Add flavor to the bread.
  • BAKING POWDER & SODA– Allows the bread to rise and hold its shape properly.
  • NUTS– We used walnuts but pecans will also work, or just leave them out.
  • DRIED FRUITS– Though you can leave out the dried fruit, we love the added flavor it gives. Add in dried fruit of choice: raisins, craisins, apricots, or even cherries.

Chef’s TIP: The KEY to the perfect bread loaf is ripe bananas. You want your banana to be ripe to achieve the best taste!

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Mash bananas-

Mashing bananas is so simple. You can easily mash the bananas with the back of your fork, food masher or even a mixer. If you like chunks of bananas in your bread don’t mashed the bananas until pureed, leave them chunky.

What if I don’t have any ripe bananas? If you don’t have ripe bananas, then you can ripen them by baking on a baking sheet at 250°F for about 15 minutes.

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  1. BAKING PAN– Line a 9×5 bread loaf with parchment paper.
  2. DRY INGREDIENTS– In a bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. WET INGREDIENTS– With a mixer over high speed, beat the sugar and eggs. Add in the mashed bananas, buttermilk (or sour cream), oil, and vanilla and beat just until combined.
  4. DRY INGREDIENTS– Add the dry ingredients and fold in with a spatula until well combined. Fold in the mixed nuts and dried fruit.
  5. COMBINE– Add the batter to the bread loaf and bake.

CHEF’S TIP: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute buttermilk by combining 1/4 cup sour cream with 1 tsp vinegar.

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bread loaf additives-

If you want more than just a classic bread recipe, here are some great options for adds ons you can add to the bread loaf:

  • chopped walnuts
  • pecans
  • chocolate chip morsels
  • raisins
  • craisins
  • apricots
  • cherries
  • dried cherries
  • white chocolate chunks
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How do I keep my banana bread moist?

The BEST way to keep your loaf soft and moist for several days is to keep it tightly sealed in a bag or in an airtight container.

How do I know when my bread loaf is done baking?

You can check by interesting a toothpick in the center of the bread loaf, if it comes out clean then it’s ready. You can also check the internal temp with a thermometer, the center of the loaf should be between 200°F-205°F.

Can I freeze banana bread?

Yes, you can freeze banana bread. Once baked, cook the bread completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and then foil and freeze bread. The bread will stay fresh 2-3 months in the freezer. You can also wrap individual slices of the bread to freeze.

How to store banana bread?

This loaf will last for about 3 days at room temp, or up to 5 days if stored in the fridge.

Can I make muffins out of this batter?

Yes, just add the batter to muffin liners and bake at 355°F for about 18-20 minutes.

I hope this easy bread loaf recipe becomes a family favorite!


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Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Author: Valentina

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5 from 4 votes

Banana Nut Bread Recipe. Banana bread with buttermilk loaded with bananas, walnuts and dried fruit. Amazing sweet bread loaf.

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, measured then sifted
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit

US CustomaryMetric


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Lightly grease a 9"x5" inch bread pan.

  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, on medium speed, beat sugar and eggs untilcreamy, about 2 minutes.

  • With a fork, mash the bananas. Add bananas, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla to sugar/egg bowl. Give it a quick mix.

  • Add flour mixture and mix.

  • Fold in nuts and dried fruit.

  • Pour mixture into bread pan.

  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 30 minutes. Turn heat down to 325°F and bake another 25-30 minutes.

  • Remove bread from theoven. Cool about 10 minutes and remove from pan. Allow the loaf to cool completely.

  • ENJOY, friends.


388kcal Calories63g Carbs6g Protein13g Fat1g Saturated Fat41mg Cholesterol110mg Sodium308mg Potassium2g Fiber36g Sugar100IU Vitamin A3.9mg Vitamin C57mg Calcium1.8mg Iron

  • Full Nutrition Label

Nutrition Facts

Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 388Calories from Fat 117

% Daily Value*

Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Cholesterol 41mg14%

Sodium 110mg5%

Potassium 308mg9%

Carbohydrates 63g21%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 36g40%

Protein 6g12%

Vitamin A 100IU2%

Vitamin C 3.9mg5%

Calcium 57mg6%

Iron 1.8mg10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course: Bread, Dessert

Cuisine: American

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  • Simple Banana Bread Recipe (with Nuts) (9)

    • Jenny

    I put oats soaked in oat milk and honey. EVO MADE IT really moist.

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      • Valentina’s Corner

      What an awesome tip, thank you so much for sharing.

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