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Banana bread with walnuts

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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

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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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  • Monique March 27, 2013, 8:35 am

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 😀 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.

  • Regina April 20, 2015, 2:41 am

    This recipe is delicious! My family loves it however I would like to bake it in a muffin pan instead so that I can individually wrap each yummy muffin. How long would I need to bake this recipe on 350 in a muffin pan?

  • jen April 21, 2015, 12:55 pm

    This recipe is so easy ! It turned out yummy!
    My coworkers loved it! I do cut down baking time to 45 min tho =)
    I make this bread all the time!!

  • Shelby April 28, 2015, 4:40 pm

    I just made this and it was absolutely fabulous I replaced the butter with coconut oil and the vanilla extract with almond extract. Sooooooo good!

  • Gloria Stanko May 15, 2015, 4:53 pm

    In the oven now. I could eat the batter. So creamy and yummy. Can’t wait until it’s done. Thanks for the easy recipe.

  • Missy twix June 5, 2015, 5:16 pm

    I made this bread and it came out EXACTLY like the photos. It taste AMAZING! Thank you 🙂

  • Joyce June 9, 2015, 3:05 pm

    I love the banana bread, it was so good need to make some more it went so fast in this house… Again Thank You

  • Saba Khan July 14, 2015, 9:24 am

    I made it as muffins , but reduced the flour to 1 cup and I was not having walnuts .
    It turned out to be very soft and nice.

  • Allyson August 12, 2015, 11:19 pm

    I am certain I followed your recipe to a ‘T’, and I even used fresh baking soda, yet my loaf is about half the height of yours… Thoughts?

  • Sandra van den Hoek August 25, 2015, 10:47 am

    HI there
    Today was the first schoolday after the summer holiday,so finally some me time
    I decided to make this bananabread recipe and it worked.
    I really love it and it was so easy!
    So,thank you very much for sharing.
    Sandra (the Netherlands)

  • Val August 29, 2015, 3:49 pm

    Made this today, I’ve used my trusty recipe since my sons were babies but today I thought I’d step outside the box and try this one. It’s in the oven right now….I’m sure it’ll be delicious!
    Thank you…

  • Randi August 29, 2015, 5:45 pm

    Love this recipe it is beyond perfect, BTW if you want bananas to ripen fast just stick them in the oven at 350 for about 15 to 20 minutes. That only works if they are yellow , green ones don’t have the same result.

  • Rosie September 16, 2015, 10:29 am

    this is so good. my dad used to make one when I was little but couldn’t find the recipe. this taste the same. I did add lots of chocolate to it which is amazing

  • Dodie October 13, 2015, 3:26 pm

    I made this recipe but, took out of oven after 30 minutes. It was Awesome. I see my kids getting this very often with the over ripe Bananas left. Thank you for sharing.

  • rosalyn November 13, 2015, 11:18 am

    Love…Love….love this recipe….so easy and delicious…just took it out of the oven..yum….thank you!!

  • Nancy November 25, 2015, 4:16 pm

    I have made this recipe several times. It is so good! My family asks for it all the time.

  • Lizette December 4, 2015, 10:47 am

    I made this recipe for the office and they absolutely loved it. The bread is moist and with the crunchiness of the walnuts, it’s the perfect balance to offset the bananas. When I started putting all of the ingredients together, I realized I didn’t have sugar. Instead, I substituted 2 Tablespoons of raw honey. This bread came out perfectly, not too sweet and not bitter at all. Just gooey, deliciousness. Thank you for this recipe. I will be making it again.

  • Mary Kaywork January 29, 2016, 6:59 pm

    I made this two times so easy and the best I have ever made. Yum

  • Amy February 11, 2016, 11:09 pm

    I just made this an hour ago and it came out looking exactly like the picture! Super flavorful and lovely browned crust. My only recipe change was to add a 1/2 tsp. baking soda and to swap out Kraken spiced rum for the vanilla extract. Definitely will make this a regular recipe. Thanks!

  • Carrie March 13, 2016, 4:09 pm

    Worst banana bread recipe I ever made. Came out like cookie dough.

  • Krystal April 15, 2016, 12:44 pm

    I’ve used this recipe several times and it’s always turned out perfect! I get so many compliments. I tried to make it this morning though and my batter was so dry!! What did I do wrong?

  • Carol August 22, 2016, 4:52 pm

    This bread makes the best French toast you will ever put in your mouth.

  • Carol August 23, 2016, 6:24 pm

    Bake at 350 for 45 min. 1 hour will burn it. Make sure to measure temp before you put bread in.

  • Kathryn February 23, 2017, 12:23 pm

    My loaf is cooling now. I wish I could have a slice but it’s for a camping trip so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow morning.

    • Julia March 11, 2017, 10:43 pm

      It’s very hard to resist eating the freshly baked banana bread. I bet it smelled so nice as it was cooling off.

  • Kathryn March 9, 2017, 4:20 pm

    I have made 3 loaves in 2 weeks. Everyone loves it. My mother said it’s better than hers so I shared the recipe.

    • Julia March 10, 2017, 11:50 pm

      Thank you, Kathryn! Glad to hear that your family has been enjoying this recipe!

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