Walnut Banana Bread

Walnut Banana Bread

Banana bread recipes are a great way to use overripe bananas. This recipe gets added crunch from chopped walnuts.

15 min. prep time
16 servings
41541 Ratings


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 medium (1 cup) bananas, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Heat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour 8x4-inch loaf pan; set aside.

Combine sugar, butter and eggs in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add banana and vanilla. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir in all remaining ingredients except  Butter with Canola Oil.

Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan. Place onto cooling rack. Cool completely. 

Serve with Butter with Canola Oil.

Recipe Tip

- Banana bread is best the second day. Wrap cooled bread tightly in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

- Walnuts can be omitted.

- Use no-stick cooking spray that contains flour to easily coat loaf pan.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 200

Fat: 11g

Cholesterol: 40mg

Sodium: 180mg

Carbohydrates: 23g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 4g

Recipe #11250©2000Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

We loved this recipe! Enjoyed it right from the oven with the canola oil butter spread on top. Substituted self-rising flour, leaving out the baking soda and salt. Also used 1/2 cup pecans instead of the walnuts. Came out of the oven with a nicely browned top crust and perfectly baked center at 55 minutes.
Great recipe. Just make sure that the bananas are super ripe, i.e., the peels are almost completely black and the banana super soft. I use only brown sugar.
Have made it three times. Worked well. Cut in three to freeze two parts for later. No problem to do so.
Not a great Banana Bread Recipe. I found it to be just OK. I omitted the nuts as my husband won't eat them.
Best recipe ever. My Mom couldn't stay away from it. Very easy to put together.
We use this recipe all the time. Definitely is our favorite. One change is that I prefer to use half or all brown sugar instead of white sugar and double the cinnamon. An awesome recipe though!
Best banana nut bread recipe ever, and I have tried many. Any help on baking this in mini loaf pans would be appreciated. Oven temp, baking time etc. Thanks!!!
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Sue, thanks for the comment! Here's our tips for baking in mini loaf pans. Grease the bottoms only of 3 (5 3/4x3-inch) mini loaf pans and bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Happy baking!
Posted April 06, 2015
Please clarify something for me.

Soes the half cup softened butter go in the batter or is it the same as the butter with canola that doesn't???
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Tammy, the half cup of softened butter goes in the batter, and the butter with canola oil is better for spreading/topping the bread. Hope that helps! Happy baking.
Posted December 31, 2014
Once again, a banana bread that's overcooked on the outside and a puddle of wet batter in the center.
Test Kitchen Comment


How long did you bake the bread? The middle is the last to get done so I suspect it may not have been baked completely. YOu mention that it is dark on the outside. It could be because of the type of pan you used, or if the oven was calibrated correctly to be the correct degrees of heat. Otherwise there are other possibilities for this based on ingredients.
Posted December 25, 2014
I made this recipe and doubled it. It turned out fantastic. Wouldn't change a thing. Everybody wanted the recipe and I diffinetley make this again. Very easy.
I tried this recipe, it turns out just perfect. Everyone loves it, including my little boy who does not like banana nut bread at all. He nibbled it first, and then big bites.... two thumbs up!!!
Simple recipe with 5 star results! I would definitely make it again for my family and to give to friends
I made this recipe minus the nuts though. I made mini muffins, and my family loved them. It was moist and very delicious. This is a keeper in our home.
This is similar to the recipe that's been handed down in our family from my grandmother! She used to make it in metal cans (like frozen juice used to come in way back when, but a soup can would also work) - need to cut the baking time down to 50 minutes for the cans or 40 minutes for muffins on her recipe, should be the same for this one.
It is simple and delicious. My 3 years old love it.
I used 3 large bananas that were mostly covered in brown spots. Also two large eggs. This is the best I've tried so far, including the ones that have an entire grocery list worth of ingredients.
It was great! I also threw in some cranberries, and just a smidgen of cranberry juice!..... Simply "AMAZING"
I use my frozen bananas, thawed (they turn dark brown and watery but use it all). Instead of flour to dust the pan, use granulated sugar. Use a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and increase the vanilla to 1 teaspoon. Let me know how you like it then.
I made the recipe with 3 median very ripe banana's and it was delecious although the taste of banana wasn't as potent as I expected. I'm wondering if the cinnamon over-powered the banana? Next time I may leave the cinnamon out and see how it turns out :)
This is a great banana bread recipe. I give this 5 stars
Easy, quick and turned out perfect.
Great recipe! I made muffins instead...I got about 18 muffins from the recipe. Lined muffin tins with paper cups and sprayed them to just make sure they didn't stick. I checked them after 10 minutes and let them cook for another 7. Turned out great and the test was wonderful!
one batch isn't enough, always make two! Simple and oh sooooo good!
Simple to prepare - Great to eat! Yum! Made this 'gift' for many neighbors and they loved it as well.
Soooooooooooo good, my picky 1 year old loves it !!
This is great! Finally a recipe that doesn't call for 57 ingredients!!! Thank You, Thank You...Thank You!
After four years of looking for a great recipe, my tastebuds are finally satisfied. This is delicious, and it's not but several hours out of the oven. Even the raw dough tasted good, which is an indication this was going to be a winner. Will make two more batches, one at a time, this afternoon and put them in the freezer after putting in a zip-lock box and storing in a sealed box. Rather than use one or two loaf pans, I made 18 cupcakes, using well-rounded tablespoonfuls for each cupcake. After cooling, I ate one with butter. Did not stop there, though. Ate two more with butter. The rest might make it to the freezer before they are "tested" within a 2-day period. I used three very overly-ripe medium banasas. Bananas are stored in a zip-lock bag on the bottom shelf in my refrigerator, now for eight months. I also increased walnuts to 1-1/2 cups, instead of 1. Thanks for a "hands-up" recipe.
Yummy! I made this is a pyrex pan since I lost my bread and it cooked in half the time. Very good going in the recipe book!
Amazing Recipe, have tried many versions but this one is the best!!!
I have recently decided to cut back on refined sugar. Instead, I used Agave nectar the first time I made this recipe and it was delicious! Trust me, I have been a 'sweets' eater all my life and I was worried about what it would taste like. My co-workers loved it and I am making more now! If you decide to use Agave, only use 2/3 of the amount of sugar required. For this recipe, you would only use half cup of Agave and you would adjust the oven temp to 325. I baked mine for about 50-55 before I checked it. Since Agave is not as thick, the product does not brown as quickly or as much but you still need to check it!
This was the best banana bread that I have made...this will be my banana bread recipe to use from now on!
The best ever!
Best banana bread ever! I have made this recipe over and over.
Best banana bread ever! I've made it two times so far. Turns out really nice. I added in a cup of raisens and makes it extra good.
Family members like banana bread and this one fits the ticket...I plan on making several 'little' loaves as gifts for the holidays upcoming along with other goodies. We all liked this moist, tasty bread...good recipe and thank you!!!!
this recipe was very simple,to make, I add two additional banana's, its turned out very good, the girls at work loved it.
This is the very best banana bread recipe I've ever made and eaten. The butter makes it oh so wonderful!

Marian M
I have made this bread several times each year since I found it in December, 2005. It is by far one of the best! I like to use really really ripe banana's (almost black) - it makes all the difference in the flavor of the bread.
The BEST banana bread I have ever eaten. Easy to make and everyone raves about it. I would suggest making several at a time, because one loaf does not last long enough. The only hard part of making this bread is waiting a day to eat it, but the wait is worth it.
This is the best banana bread I have found. Everyone I make this for raves about it. I also sprinkle brownsugar and chopped nuts on top.
My family liked this bread ...I left out the nuts cause didnt have any on hand ..and it came out great..
the best tasting banana nut bread I've had. Make it as gifts
for holidays, give to all my friends and family.
This is a great recipe the bread turned out really moist and taste so good!

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