The Best Banana Nut Bread

This is the only recipe you will need for Banana Nut Bread. It’s that good. So easy to make and tastes amazing! Sugar, shortening, eggs, bananas, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pecans.

I’ve had a taste for banana nut bread lately. I bought bananas last week at the grocery store and waited–what seemed like forever– for them to get good and ripe.

The Best Banana Nut Bread
The Best Banana Nut Bread

Waiting For The Bananas To Get Ripe

Finally, after 4 days, the bananas were ready for me to make Banana Nut Bread. This recipe was super easy to mix up and came together really fast. The only hard part was waiting an hour for it to bake. 🙂

Ingredients Needed for Banana Nut Bread






*baking soda

*baking powder



The Best Banana Nut Bread
The Best Banana Nut Bread

Baking Tips for Making The Best Banana Nut Bread

Bananas: –Use ripe bananas. I like to use those bananas that have brown spots and are a little mushy.  As a tip–I like to buy bananas that are already getting ripe. This seems to speed up the process at least by a day or two.

Flour: –Sift the flour to ensure no clumps or lumps are going into the mixture.

Nuts: –Use fresh pecans. Nuts can go rancid rather quickly if just sitting in the pantry or on your counter for a time. I usually buy my nuts in large bags and freeze them until I am ready to use them in recipes. Feel free to swap out pecans for walnuts in this recipe if you choose to do so.

Mixing: — Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix only until moistened. You do not want to over mix.

Loaf Pan: — Use a well-greased and floured loaf pan.

  Baking: This bread usually takes about an hour to bake. Of course, all ovens vary in temperatures and cooking times, so adjust where needed. If your bread is browning too much to your liking, create a tent out of aluminum foil. Place over the top of your bread to complete the baking time.

Seriously, this recipe is as easy as can be, and it will come out perfect every time. It’s moist, flavorful, and will just melt in your mouth.



Use the Right Pan

Make sure you choose a loaf pan for this recipe—my pan measures 9″ x 5″ with a non-stick coating. Be sure to grease and flour the pan to ensure there is no sticking. Even though my pan is non-stick, I still grease and flour to ensure I don’t have any of that delicious bread sticking to the pan.

Variations or Add-Ins

Any of these variations or add-ins would work fine with this recipe.

Chocolate Chips

How to Store Banana Nut Bread

To Store: Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to a week. My banana bread never lasts that long. I also find the flavor is better with each passing day. 

To Freeze: Wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil—place in a freezer storage bag in the freezer. Freeze up to 3 months. 


Great for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or dessert. Really good for any time of the day.

The Best Banana Nut Bread
The Best Banana Nut Bread

Need a Gift

A pan of Banana Nut Bread would make any new mom, neighbor, teacher, preacher, or anyone for that matter–SMILE! After the bread has cooled, just wrap it up, attach a card and deliver it. I am sure   NO, I promise, it will brighten someone’s day.

Your house will smell truly amazing and your family will thank you for this delicious treat!

The bread is super moist and all of the ingredients are easy to find–probably in your pantry right now. Go check! 🙂

Be sure to check out my Apple Dumpling recipe and Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake for more delicious treats. Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Bars have never disappointed my family or guest. 


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Easy Banana Nut Bread

The Best Banana Nut Bread

Gina Abernathy
The only Banana Nut Bread recipe you will need! Easy to make and Delicious to eat!
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 1 Loaf


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 bananas well ripened
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup pecans chopped


  • Combine sugar, shortening, and eggs until creamy.
  • Mash and add bananas.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add nuts.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix only until well moistened.
  • Pour into a well greased and floured loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until well browned--about 1 hour.
  • Let cool slightly before slicing.
Keyword Banana Nut Bread


  1. It’s a rainy afternoon, got some old bananas on the counter. Great recipe and delicious. My oven gets real hot, so I took the bread out at 45 min. The wife said the bread moist and perfect. Thank you.

  2. I made this today with my 1.5 yr old grandson. We were fast and loose with the measuring, flour and sugar everywhere! He learned to mush the bananas, and take some of the walnuts. Doubled and used butter, made a load of muffins, 20 min. Perfect!

  3. I was looking for a recipe but I run out of butter and other recipes ask for butter luckily I run in to yours, my bread came out so delicious thank you

  4. The best banana bread I ever baked. I have a gluten allergy so I substituted with gluten free flour and I also used apple sauce instead of eggs. Turned out perfect. Light and flavorful. Thanks for the recipe. Oh and I also used walnuts.

  5. I made a double batch, and, added two Gala apples (chopped, and mashed into bananas). Sprinkled semisweet choc chips on top, baked for 45 mins. Turned out really well; it seems to be a hit. Thank you kindly for such a simple-but delicious-addition to the “breads recipe’ file. 👍🏻🍽

  6. I tried this and absolutely love it! I followed the recipe exactly and I don’t think I would tweak it at all when I make it again

  7. I left in the oven for an hour as it said. It tasted dry and a little burned. I’m not sure if this is due to living in high elevation. I will try it again and bake it for 45 minutes instead. Aside from this issue, it did taste good.

    1. Yes, all ovens are different. Try checking on your bread at the 45 minute mark and then every few minutes after that. It really is a good recipe. Just make a few adjustments with the time for your oven and you should be good. Thanks for the comment.

  8. Overripe bananas are one of my favorite ingredients to use. I love them in Jamaican Banana Fritters and recently shared that recipe. I have even tried them for pancakes, but never thought of banana nut bread. I will be making this very soon. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I have not made that substitution with the shortening and the butter. I can’t advise you on that swap and promise a good outcome. Sorry! But, let me know if you do try it.

  9. Banana Bread is definitely one of our favorites to make when using up over ripe bananas. Have pinned your post and we will be sure to try your recipe. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you for this great recipe! I Definitely agree with the tip regarding bananas already going ripe!
    I find that the best way to ensure that you always have these overripe extra sweet bananas, is to peel them and pop them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. My family loves banana bread, so will be trying this!

  11. I made this recipe. I sun butter for the shortening. I added pecans, vanilla extract and about teaspoon cinnamon. Oh boy-this is so yummy! Love this recipe! Thanks for posting!

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing your version of the best banana bread. I can definitely use more recipes that call for ripe bananas, since no one in my house will touch them after they reach a certain stage. I end up with a lot of ripe bananas languishing in the freezer, waiting to be used. This will help!

  13. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipie for banana nut bread! I have baked banana bread with wallnuts but I need to try yours with pecan nuts. Looks very good!

  14. 5 stars
    This banana nut bread looks so moist and delicious I can see why you call it the best banana nut bread! Looking forward to trying this with my family soon. Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    This really is a super easy to make banana bread. Like that you used pecans instead of walnuts. Looking forward to trying this.

  16. 5 stars
    Huge hit with the family! My kiddos are allergic to nuts so we opted to not include them but this was so wonderful and I’ll be making it again this holiday season.

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