Super moist homemade banana walnut bread is a winner for after school snacks, served with coffee or tea in the morning, or toasted with a scoop of ice cream on top for a late-night dessert!

Most home cooks have a basic banana bread recipe, but you may want to change it up with this classic banana walnut bread recipe! It’s sure to become your new forever favorite, especially slathered with some honey butter

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You just can’t go wrong with this easy 3-step banana nut bread recipe! In fact, even though I have a few different banana bread recipes, like my simple banana bread and sourdough banana bread, my family goes crazy for the added crunch of walnuts in this one! Round the banana bread out with a Blueberry Banana Smoothie or Mixed Berry Smoothie for a filling breakfast!

Banana Bread Ingredients

It’s ultra-moist, but the combination of sweet bananas and crunchy walnuts make this one a keeper!

  • The best banana nut bread recipe can be switched up with oil or with brown sugar.
  • And for a no-butter recipe, just substitute coconut oil.
  • Or make a mild, but slightly spicy cinnamon banana bread. 

It’s versatile enough to add other ingredients like chocolate chips, dried cherries, toasted coconut, or raisins too.

Slices of Banana Walnut Bread on a wooden board with bananas and walnuts on the side

How Do You Make Banana Bread?

Use bananas that have some brown spots and are beginning to get a little soft— these will be the sweetest!

  1. Preheat oven and prepare baking pans.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix wet ingredients.
  3. Gently fold wet mixture into the dry mixture. Pour into prepared pans and bake.
  4. Insert a wooden pick into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, the bread is ready!
  5. Allow to cool on a wire rack before removing from pan.

Banana Walnut Bread in two loaf pans

Drape a clean dish towel over one hand, and turn the loaf pan over into it. The banana bread should slip right out.

PRO TIP: To get extra crunchy walnuts that will stay firm in the banana bread, place them in a dry saute pan and lightly toast them. This goes for nuts in any recipe. Toasting nuts intensifies their flavor as well!

How to Store Banana Bread?

Banana bread is best kept in an airtight container at room temperature. As the days go by, the flavor will intensify and improve! Banana bread will keep 4 days, but it will probably be gone long before then!

Banana Walnut Bread on a wooden board, cut into slices

To freeze banana nut bread is simple and works well.

  1. For individual grab-and-go slices, wrap each cooled slice in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil, or pop the plastic wrapped slices into a zip top bag or a Stasher bag.
  2. Write the date on the outside and store in the freezer up to four months.
  3. Pull one out in the morning and pop in a backpack or briefcase and it will be thawed by lunchtime!
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Banana Walnut Bread Recipe

This Banana Walnut Bread is moist & full of flavor!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Candace



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8 ½ x 4 ½ inch loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, sift (or whisk) together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add walnuts and stir gently.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs until combined. Add in bananas, zest, oil, sugars, and vanilla and whisk until well combined.
  • Add wet mixture to the flour mixture and fold, scraping bottom and sides, until just mixed. Do not overmix or banana bread will be tough.
  • Divide batter between two prepared loaf pans. Bake 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool completely.


Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 265 | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American

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Recipe slightly adapted from Illustrated Step-By-Step Baking


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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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    1. Hi Daisy, the size of the pan will affect the baking time. As long as you bake until a toothpick comes out clean or bread is between 200-205°F on an instant read thermometer, the bread will be perfect!

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe!! And all of the ingredients I have in my cupboard. I found the zest of the lemon enhances the banana flavor! Will make again.