Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This homemade Banana Nut Bread Recipe is so easy to make and a great way to use up overripe bananas. The banana bread using buttermilk is so moist, flavorful and loaded with walnuts and dried fruit. With step-by-step photo instructions, it’s a foolproof recipe.

When you have overripe bananas, the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins or the unique Zucchini Banana Bread.

Banana nut bread loaf sliced on a board with bananas on the side.

Banana bread-

This soft banana bread recipe truly is the BEST recipe. It uses most ingredients that are already in your pantry and refrigerator. The sweet bread loaf with buttermilk is loaded with bananas and combined with nuts and your favorite dried fruit. This is the perfect recipe for baking during cooler weather.

How to make the BEST Banana Nut Bread Recipe-

  • Line bread pan with parchment paper and grease with baking spray.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until creamy.
  • Mash bananas. TIP: I don’t mash them to a puree because we like little chunks of bananas here and there. Mash bananas to desired personal consistency.

Step by step instructions on preparing the banana nut bread recipe.

What kind of nuts do I add to Banana Bread-

Add walnuts or pecans to the bread if desired. TIP: The nuts may be left out completely if you don’t like nuts.

What dried fruit do you add to Banana Bread-

Add raisins, craisins, cherries or any other dried fruit to the bread. Chop fruit into smaller pieces, if desired.

Can I substitute the buttermilk?

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

Banana nut bread loaf with walnuts and bananas. Chocolate drizzle and powdered sugar on top of the bread.

How long does Banana Nut Bread stay Fresh?

This banana bread will stay fresh up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature and up to 5 days if refrigerated.

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.

To enjoy, thaw bread in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Reheat bread in the oven or microwave if warm bread is desired.

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Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Banana Nut Bread Recipe. Banana bread with buttermilk loaded with bananas, walnuts and dried fruit. Amazing sweet bread loaf. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana nut bread
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 388kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner



  • 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 until creamy, 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 the oven. Cool about 10 minutes and remove from pan. Allow the loaf to cool completely.
  • If desired, dust bread loaf with powdered sugar and drizzle melted chocolate, optional.
  • ENJOY, friends.
Nutrition Facts
Banana Nut Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388 Calories 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.

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Show 6 Comments
  • Tatyana M 09/03/2015, 9:52 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valya
    I made this recipe like 3 times in one week. My 6 kids love this banana bread. Recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much for your Blog. God Bless You n ur beutiful family. Tanya M.

    • admin 09/04/2015, 12:34 am Link Reply

      Tatyana, Good job mamma!!.:) Finding something kiddos like can be a challenge. We are oh so happy your family enjoyed this bread. 6 kiddos?, what a blessing. 🙂 Thank you for the feedback.

  • Ivanka 02/24/2015, 12:16 am Link Reply

    Valya thank you for sharing my recipe!!;) I tweak it almost everytime I bake it as well… lately I’ve been experimenting with coconut oil and wheat germ. I don’t feel as guilty eating it;) Keep up the good work! Love trying new recipes!!!

    • admin 02/24/2015, 3:26 pm Link Reply

      Ivanka, Mmm. What a good idea with coconut oil, you’re so smart.. Thank you for sharing the recipe with me..

  • Julie 02/15/2015, 12:05 am Link Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe.. Made it twice already.. Too bad I can’t share my pics. But the results I’ve got were amazing!
    It all started with too much ripe bananas…

    • admin 02/15/2015, 6:41 pm Link Reply

      Thank you soo much. I truly appreciate it!. So glad there is a way to use up those ripe bananas. I Hate throwing food away, there are soo many starving people in the world that would love that banana that just went bad:/.. You need to get an Instagram account. 🙂 We would all LOVE to see your creations;). {I love this recipe cause it’s so easy, our oldest son makes it all the time!!:o)…}

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