Banana Bread With Orange Zest

Banana Bread Loaf
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 80 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
236 Calories
12g Fat
28g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 236
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 5g
Calcium 104mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A little orange zest gives this basic banana bread extra flavor. If you can wait, give it a day to mellow for best flavor.

This everyday banana bread will be a go-to recipe you'll make again and again.


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon
  • baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas (peeled and mashed, about 1 cup mashed banana)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Grease and flour a 5x9x3-inch loaf pan. Heat the oven to 325 F.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter or margarine with sugar until fluffy.

  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fluffy.

  5. Stir in flour mixture alternately with mashed bananas.

  6. Fold in pecans and orange peel (you may substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla for orange peel). Pour batter into prepared pan.

  7. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until golden brown and a wooden toothpick, when inserted in center, comes out clean.

  8. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then carefully turn the bread out onto a rack to cool completely.

  9. Make this banana bread a day ahead of time for best flavor.