Banana Nut Bread

Sliced banana nut bread in a tray

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 1 loaf

If you have three ripe bananas, you can bake this easy, delicious loaf of banana bread. Don't let the simple list of ingredients fool you—the flavors are well-balanced and the bread is wonderfully moist. If you're looking for a basic, delicious loaf for your friends, family, or a bake sale, look no further. In fact, you may want to make two loaves and freeze one for another day.

There are so many ways to make banana bread, including dairy-free and gluten-free loaves. This recipe is for a banana nut bread with pecans, but you can use walnuts or skip the nuts altogether. Or consider adding chocolate chips for a bit of extra sweetness.

As with most quick bread recipes, the dry ingredients should be mixed into the wet mixture gently for the best texture; as with muffins, overmixing the batter can make it dense. The leavening begins working as soon as the mixtures are combined, so make sure your oven is preheated and the pan is ready before you do the final mix.

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 eggs (large, well beaten)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for basic banana bread
    The Spruce / Diana Rattray
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, butter, and beaten eggs. Whisk to blend thoroughly.

  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the first mixture until blended. Add the chopped nuts.

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake in the center rack of the preheated oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

    Banana nut bread batter in the pan
    The Spruce / Diana Rattray
  7. Let the bread cool completely on a rack before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

    Slices of basic banana nut bread
    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

How Do You Keep Banana Bread Moist?

After it's baked, you can keep your banana bread moist by storing it properly. This means keeping it wrapped in plastic or aluminum foil. If you think it's going to be eaten in a couple of days, a plastic zip-close bag should be sufficient to keep it moist.


Banana bread recipes are typically adaptable and forgiving, and experimenting with the number of bananas you use can impact the moisture level, too. If you're using three small bananas on a regular basis, the bread might be a little drier than if you'd used three to four medium-to-large ones.


If you're finding your bread bakes through but often comes out too dry, your oven could be running a little hot. Keeping a thermometer in the oven is often helpful. You might also find experimenting with the temperature and timing is helpful; you could always bake it at 325 F instead and let it go for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or so.

Recipe Variations

  • In addition to (or to replace) the chopped nuts, add about 1/2 cup of mini or regular semisweet chocolate chips to the batter.
  • Add 1/2 cup of raisins, chopped dates, or another chopped dried fruit (cranberries or apricots are good).
  • Spice it up with about 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or ginger, and a dash of ground nutmeg or ground cloves.

How to Store Banana Bread

Banana bread will keep at room temperature for several days before it starts to dry out. When it does, it's great toasted with some butter or a drizzle of honey. Alternatively, you can freeze your loaf by wrapping it in wax paper or aluminum foil and putting it in a zip-close bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. To defrost, you can either let it thaw in the refrigerator or put it in a 300 F oven, wrapped in foil, for about 30 to 40 minutes to reheat it.