Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Two loaves of Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe in glass baking pans

Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe – This is my go-to banana bread recipe, as it always produces a lightly sweet, very moist and flavorful loaf. Try adding some walnuts and topping it with a stripe of cream cheese frosting!

Perfect for Fall – Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

As I write this, we’ve experienced our first snow of the season, and it’s not even Halloween yet!

There’s something warm and inviting about the smell of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. It fills the whole house as soon as this loaf hits the hot oven. And what’s better than a nice, warm slice of Banana Nut Bread with hot coffee on a cold morning?

What Kind of Bananas to Use?

Back in my day, Banana Nut Bread was made when the store of bananas had gone pretty much black. Peeling one, the banana would still be creamy white, but maybe a few brown spots had developed on the side. This recipe is perfect for those, of course, but you can use a plain, ripe banana as well. A green banana, though – if it’s still “crunchy” as I call it – you just won’t get much flavor from it.

Here’s a great, quick video to show you how to choose a ripe banana:

Foolproof Banana Nut Bread Recipe

If you’re new to baking, or you want to introduce your children to it, this is the perfect recipe for you. You don’t even need a mixer – just a couple of good bowls, a potato masher and a wooden spoon will do the trick.

A Few Last Tips

Besides choosing the right type of banana, here are a few more tips to keep in mind when following this Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe:

The more banana you use in excess of 1 cup, the longer the bake time will be. I avoid throwing away food, so if my mashed bananas come up to 1 1/2 cups, I throw it all in anyway. The baking time, however, will be 10, maybe even 20 minutes longer. If the edges start getting too brown before the middle is looking moist, but not wet, I just lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top for the last few minutes or so.

I use sour cream in the recipe, but you could easily substitute plain yogurt.

This loaf will stick, so prepare your pans well. I grease, flour, and line the pan with a sheet of parchment, just draped over two sides and the bottom. This allows you to lift the loaf out of the pan easily.

Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This is my go-to banana bread recipe, as it always produces a lightly sweet, very moist and flavorful loaf. Try adding some walnuts and topping it with a stripe of cream cheese frosting!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Slices
Author: admin

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Butter Softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 lg Eggs Beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour 223 grams
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Mashed Bananas 3-4 ripe or overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Walnuts (Optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350­° F. Grease and flour a 9-inch loaf pan. I also line with a strip of parchment draped a bit over the sides. This loaf can stick!
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix until blended.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the creamed butter until well-moistened.
  • Add the sour cream, bananas and vanilla (plus nuts, if using). Mix until well-incorporated.
  • Pour into the baking pans – about 3/4 full. Bake for 55 minutes. A characteristic crack will form down the middle of the loaf, and the loaf is done when the inside looks moist, but not wet.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out on a rack to cool completely. Store loaf in tightly wrapped plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

Notes

You can use any ripeness of banana, from fresh to completely brown. Just know that the flavor will be much more “banana-y” the riper the banana.
The more banana you use in excess of 1 cup, the longer the bake time. Keep that in mind when adding the banana.
This loaf will stick, so prepare your pans well. I grease, flour, and line the pan with a sheet of parchment, just draped over two sides and the bottom. This allows you to lift the loaf out of the pan easily.

Looking for More Kid-Friendly Recipes? Check out my Classic Peanut Butter Cookies or my Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe. It’s a great way to spend a snowy day indoors.

And did you know that bananas contain many health benefits? Check out the latest research on the health benefits of bananas from the prestigious Cleveland Clinic: “5 Health Benefits of Bananas.”

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