Mia's perfect banana nut bread with walnuts.

Hi Bold Bakers!

I adore this banana nut bread recipe, and not just because it is the most delicious Banana Nut Bread I’ve ever had! This recipe is courtesy of Maria (Mia for short, so it’s easier for little ones to pronounce), who is helping us mind George. I’m so glad she shared this recipe with us and agreed to let me publish it here for all of you because it really is spectacular — no joke, it’s better than mine! 

Maria, who is actually from County Cork in Ireland, loves to bake and brought this bread over one day.  That isn’t at all unusual, as she’s always bringing us adults, and George, goodies, even extra’s from her family dinner! But she had just baked this bread, and it was so soft, and so warm, that Kevin, Zach, and I ate the entire thing that morning. 

The bread is so moist and FULL of banana flavor, and the nuts give it such a lovely crunch.

On top of providing all that delicious food, Maria has the most important job here. George just lights up when he sees Mia. We love having her on our team, and we hope she’ll be a part of our family for a long time! 

What Is Banana Nut Bread?

Banana nut bread is the perfect way to use up any super ripe bananas you may have forgotten for too long on your counter! But Maria’s recipe is more special than your run-of-the-mill banana bread.

This recipe calls for sour cream, which helps tenderize the bread, making it the most melt-in-your-mouth soft banana bread ever, and the walnuts on top give it a variety in texture that is irresistible. 

The top of Mia's Banana Nut Bread recipe covered in walnuts.

What You Need To Make Banana Nut Bread

How To Make Banana Nut Bread

You seriously have to make this banana nut bread! Here are the steps (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below.):

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. 
  2. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar together for a few minutes until they are fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla to the bowl and beat until incorporated. Then, beat in the bananas and sour cream.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients, but be sure not to overmix! 
  5. Divide the batter evenly between two buttered 9-inch by 5-inch (23cm x 13cm) loaf pans lined with parchment paper. Top with nuts (if you are using).
  6. Bake in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean after being inserted into the center.
  7. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely.

The incredibly soft interior of Mia's Banana Nut Bread.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Banana Nut Bread

  • No sour cream? Make your own here!  You don’t want to leave this ingredient out. It’s what makes the bread so soft.
  • You can also replace the sour cream with yogurt or applesauce.
  • If you prefer, leave out of the nuts. 
  • This can be baked as banana nut muffins as well! This recipe will make 15. Be sure to butter your tins generously or use paper cupcake liners.

How Do I Store Banana Nut Bread?

You can store any leftover banana nut bread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This recipe also freezes amazingly. You can keep the banana bread in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Defrost at room temperature (in the container) for an hour or two before serving. 

Slices of Mia's family Banana Nut Bread recipe.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

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