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Banana bread with walnuts

Moist banana bread with walnuts

This is simply the best recipe I’ve found so far for the most moist, perfectly sweetened, and easy banana bread. I added walnuts to this recipe, but they are totally optional, even though I love my banana bread with walnuts. This recipe is so easy, you don’t even need a mixer – just mix everything with a big wooden spoon!

Moist banana bread with walnuts

I’ve been eating this walnut banana bread for both breakfast and dessert for the past week and just love it!

Moist banana bread with walnuts

Banana bread with walnuts

Total time: 1 hour

Adapted from Simply Recipes.


  • 3 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1) Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2) In a large bowl, mix butter into the mashed bananas, using wooden spoon. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix just enough to blend the ingredients; do not over0mix, the lumps will work themselves out.

3) Add chopped walnuts to the batter and mix them in to distribute evenly through the batter.

4) Butter a 4×8 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, butter the parchment paper too. Pour the batter in the pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Note: lining the bottom of the pan with parchment paper ensures that the bottom of the bread will not get stuck.

Moist banana bread with walnuts

Moist banana bread with walnuts

Moist banana bread with walnuts

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{ 37 comments… add one }

  • Monique March 27, 2013, 8:35 am

    It looks good and I like the fact that there is not too much butter:)

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 27, 2013, 9:09 am

    Give, give all this yummy bread loaf to me!!!! This is all that I need for breakfast and afternoon snack!!!! Mmmmmmmmmm…

  • Judy @Savoring Today March 27, 2013, 9:55 am

    Beautiful bread! For me, walnuts are not optional, the flavor and texture they add is just part of great banana bread. All it needs now is a smear of butter and a cup of coffee. :)

    • Domingos Alves January 17, 2015, 12:42 pm

      Great idea Judy! Bread with coffee!. Wonderful!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes March 27, 2013, 11:16 am

    Moist and loaded with walnuts…absolutely right up my alley.

  • The Squishy Monster March 27, 2013, 11:58 am

    Your loaf looks incredibly enticing and moist!!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu March 27, 2013, 12:22 pm

    This looks so soft and delicious Julia!! I want a big slice riiiight now!

  • Ahu March 27, 2013, 12:32 pm

    YUM! I wish I wasn’t allergic to walnuts now, I used to gobble banana walnut bread up before!

  • Liz March 27, 2013, 12:41 pm

    It looks perfect! Now “I” want it for breakfast and dessert, too!!!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes March 27, 2013, 12:43 pm

    I find myself making banana bread more often than anything else since I always seem to have bananas needing to be used!! This one looks really great – I love that you don’t need a mixer for it. Makes for easy cleanup!

  • Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook March 27, 2013, 1:04 pm

    What a beautiful banana bread. I can see why you love it so much! I’d love a big slice slathered in butter.

  • Suzanne Perazzini March 27, 2013, 6:55 pm

    That looks moist and delicious – I do love banana bread. I will have to work on a gluten-free option.

  • john@kitchenriffs March 27, 2013, 6:59 pm

    You’re right that banana bread works so well for both breakfast and dessert. Not to mention snacks. ;-) I really like the idea of the walnuts – they add flavor, plus extra nutrition. Good stuff – thanks.

  • Lisa H. March 28, 2013, 1:28 am

    gorgeous bake… :)
    Its been a while since I last make anything with banana, it is a commodity (pricey) here in Oz :(

  • Barbara March 28, 2013, 8:00 am

    Beautiful loaf, Julia. I prefer pecans for their sweetness, but either would work here. Wish I had some over ripe bananas in my kitchen!

  • Barbara March 28, 2013, 8:02 am

    Oh…I did NOT make the drawing on my Easter post. It’s cute, I know, but from another site; I use several of her drawings for holiday posts.

  • Baltic Maid March 28, 2013, 3:14 pm

    What a beautiful banana bread. It looks perfect!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 28, 2013, 3:29 pm

    Everything about this banana bread is delicious! My husband would love it since it has all of his fav ingredients, namely banana and walnuts :)

  • Monet March 28, 2013, 8:06 pm

    And now I know what I’ll be doing tonight. This looks just perfect. Thank you so much for sharing. Delicious, as always…and inspiring! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Bread and Companatico March 29, 2013, 6:30 am

    sounds and looks heavenly Julia! and with 3 bananas one get a lot of fruit and fibers with this loaf. thumb up!

  • lory April 6, 2013, 9:21 pm

    I’m going to try this right now. It looks delish, thanks for sharing!

  • Michelle October 7, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Absolutley delish and sooo easy!!!

  • Donnamarie December 15, 2013, 4:35 pm

    Julia, I am an old hand at making banana bread, been doing it for 42 years. This is the most delicious recipe I have ever used. Thanks so much for sharing, my family is enjoying some right now!! Happy Holidays.

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:32 pm

      Donnamarie, wow, that’s quite a compliment! :) THANK YOU. Happy Holidays! :)

  • Kristy Marie May 8, 2014, 4:37 pm

    Looks really good. Can’t wait to try it. If made into muffins, does the cooking time and temp change?

  • Sam October 3, 2014, 9:34 pm

    I made this (I was nervous because I suck at baking) and it turned out AMAZING!

    • Julia October 6, 2014, 3:14 pm

      Sam – so glad you liked the banana bread! It’s a simple, straightforward recipe – I am glad you found it easy to make. :)

  • Emily Anna November 11, 2014, 5:25 am

    Im super glad that i made this because it tastes wonderful! I’ve made so many different banana breads and this one is definitely at the top 3 :D Of course i couldnt wait to try it before it cooled, but they always taste better warm anyway hahaa

    • Julia November 11, 2014, 2:47 pm

      Thank you Emily Anna! I agree – breads always taste better when warm. :) Great way to use over ripe bananas!

  • Rachael December 16, 2014, 6:31 am

    I can honestly say with no hesitation that this is my FAVORITE sweet bread recipe!! It is so moist and make the perfect banana base for a number of variations! My favorite thing to do is to add some chocolate chips!! I’ve also added blueberries before =) thank you so much for sharing this great recipe. All of my family and friends thank you and beg me to make it hahah

  • KathrynWyche January 16, 2015, 4:44 pm

    Are these still as good as muffins? How long should i cook them for? Thanks (:

  • Kylie kerner January 21, 2015, 2:25 am

    I made this bread yesterday, it’s gone. It’s wonderful! Only makes one loaf so I’ll make 2 next time so I get some. And I used coconut oil instead of butter, I just melted it in a sauce pan on very low heat.

  • Laura January 29, 2015, 7:17 pm

    These turned out SO good! I added chocolate chips and did muffins instead. It made exactly 12 and took about 30-35 minutes to cook!

  • Jane Alvarado February 27, 2015, 10:48 am

    Is there anyway to use not so ripe bananas?

  • Jodie March 3, 2015, 10:26 pm

    Is all purpose flour a “plain flour”

  • Jane March 6, 2015, 8:06 pm

    I’m not sure why mine turned out a little tough. It didn’t rise very much maybe that’s why. Not sure what I did wrong; the taste was good but not real flavorful. I followed the recipe exactly except my oven cooks hot so it was done in 45 minutes.

  • Elena Shetty @ GiftaholicWorld March 10, 2015, 1:34 am

    Julia, banana bread is always my jam. You just made it even more brilliant by adding walnuts. Couldn’t believe this baby is even real! Thank for this amazing recipe.

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