Best Banana Nut Bread

Best Banana Nut Bread ~ easy, moist, a little nutty and most of all tons of delicious banana flavor. Ideal for breakfast or brunch.

Breakfast | May 6, 2017 | By

I usually buy a bunch of bananas every week from the grocery store to slice in cereal or just for an afternoon pick-me-up, but I’ve been known to buy way more than I know we’ll eat because it gives me a good reason (as if I need one!) to make the Best Banana Nut Bread ~ moist, nutty and loads of banana flavor. 

I tell myself the addition of Greek yogurt makes it a healthy option but any way you slice it with a big mug of hot coffee, it just starts the day off right.

When I look for a recipe online sometimes I’ll add ‘best’ into the search engine. Who wants ‘pretty good’ or ‘decent’, right?

This really is the Best Banana Nut Bread. It’s my spin on a recipe I found years ago in my well-loved Fannie Farmer cookbook that’s been dog-eared, has writing in the margins and even drops of food on recipes I’ve made countless times.

That’s the sign of a good cookbook. I’ve made this banana bread so many times I don’t need a recipe any more but if I did, the book actually falls right open to the page, complete with my notes of all the changes I’ve made to the original recipe.

The Best Banana Nut Bread hits the spot mid-afternoon with tea (also hot), especially on a cold, rainy day.

This recipe has everything I love about Banana Bread ~ nutty, banana-y (is that a word? And moist. One day I’m going to make a list of the Top Ten Recipes everyone should know how to make. The Best Banana Nut Bread will definitely be on that list.

Best Banana Nut Bread ~ easy, moist, a little nutty and most of all tons of delicious banana flavor. Ideal for breakfast or brunch.

A loaf of this bread vanishes in my house in a day or two (and there’s usually just two of us!). My husband eats his with a thick layer of real butter (is there any other kind?). I like mine plain.

Everyone that’s ever tasted this bread loves it. When my 1 year old granddaughter tasted it for the first time she gave it a resounding “mmmm” and devoured it.

Best Banana Nut Bread ~ easy, moist, a little nutty and most of all tons of delicious banana flavor. Ideal for breakfast or brunch.

Ingredients:

  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup of sugar + 1 tablespoon of sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ cup of pecans

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350° then grease a loaf pan.

In a medium size bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. You can make the Best Banana Nut Bread with three bananas, but that fourth banana is what catapults it into the ‘best’ category.

Add the eggs and yogurt, combining. The battery will be lumpy with small chunks of banana.

Stir in the flour, ¾ cup of sugar, salt and baking soda and when it’s combined, fold in the pecans.

Best Banana Nut Bread ~ easy, moist, a little nutty and most of all tons of delicious banana flavor. Ideal for breakfast or brunch.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake 45-50 minutes (times vary depending on ovens) or until a butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the Best Banana Bread from the oven and let it cool.

Whip up a batch ~ and a pot of coffee. Enjoy!

Best Banana Nut Bread ~ easy, moist, a little nutty and most of all tons of delicious banana flavor. Ideal for breakfast or brunch.

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Best Banana Nut Bread
Ingredients
  • 4 over ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar + plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup pecans
Instructions
  1. Grease a loaf pan.

  2. Mash the bananas in a medium size bowl.

  3. Add the eggs and yogurt and combine. The battery will be lumpy with small chunks of banana

  4. Stir in the flour, ¾ cup of sugar and baking soda then fold in the pecans.

  5. Pour the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the remaining sugar evenly over the top.

  6. Bake at 350 45-50 minutes (times vary depending on ovens) or until a butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

  1. Mary
    May 7, 2017

    Goodness, this looks so good……warm with a smear of butter or softened cream cheese! This is definitely going on my “must make soon list”. I like the idea of using yogurt for moist bread. Pinned. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend. Chat soon.

    • Bernie
      May 7, 2017

      Hi Mary – wow – I love cream cheese on a bagel – never thought to add it to banana nut bread – great idea! Guess I’ll be making another loaf this week. Thanks for the suggestion ~ so glad you’re adding it to your ‘Make Soon’ list. Enjoy the day!