Favorite Banana Nut Bread

Banana Bread
Favorite Banana Bread. Diana Rattray
  • 90 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 24 Servings
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This is a moist, buttery banana bread loaded with banana flavor. The recipe makes 2 loaves of delicious, moist banana bread, and the ingredients can easily be scaled down for 1 loaf. 

If you don't care for nuts or don't have them on hand, feel free to leave them out. Or use chopped walnuts, pistachios, or hazelnuts in the batter. The banana bread would be excellent with semisweet or mini chocolate chips or raisins as well. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (18 ounces)
  • 6 large bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Grease and flour two 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pans. 
  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In another bowl, combine the salt, baking soda, and flour; stir with a whisk or spoon to blend thoroughly.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to creamed mixture; stir or beat on low speed just until blended.
  1. Stir in the mashed bananas and then fold in the chopped pecans.
  2. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans; bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Makes 2 loaves of banana bread.

Tips and Variations

  • Substitute 1 cup of chopped walnuts, raisins, brickle chips, or chocolate chips for the chopped pecans.
  • Replace 1 cup of the granulated sugar for packed brown sugar, light or dark.
  • To bring cold butter to room temperature quickly, shred it or slice it into small cubes. Let it stand at room temperature until softened.