An easy and moist Banana Bread Recipe that is loaded with bananas, tangy-sweet raisins, and toasted walnuts. This is one of our favorite overripe banana recipes with hundreds of 5-star reviews.

Banana Bread on a cutting board with walnuts, raisins and ripe bananas to make healthy banana bread

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Banana Nut Bread Recipe:

This is my husband’s recipe which he has perfected over the years and he is known for his Banana Bread. He makes it frequently and it always disappears fast! It is simple to make and our favorite way to use up overripe bananas so they never go to waste. It’s super moist and makes a great breakfast on-the-go. We even created Banana Muffins from this recipe.

This loaf stays moist for days and also makes for a thoughtful and delicious gift idea for the holidays (I’ll take banana bread over fruit cake any day).

Banana Bread Video Tutorial:

Watch Natasha make this moist banana bread. You will be surprised at how easy it is. We will never stop loving this recipe. Now go forth and bake!

Ingredients for Banana Bread:

This is everything you need to make the best banana bread: flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, vanilla extract, softened butter, eggs and of course very ripe bananas. Adding walnuts and raisins is optional but adds great taste and texture, turning it into a banana nut bread.

Can I Omit Walnuts and Raisins?

YES! The recipe will still work if raisins and walnuts are omitted. We make it nut-free all the time due to a walnut allergy in the family. You will still have the softest, super moist and scrumptious loaf. You can also replace them with some chocolate to make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

Ingredients for Banana Bread with ripe bananas, flour, sugar, eggs, butter, walnuts and raisins

How to Ripen Bananas:

  • Quick Oven Method: If your bananas are a little green and you want them to ripen quicker, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 250˚F for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the initial ripeness of the bananas.
  • 24 Hour Counter Method: If you are willing to wait 1 day, you can place the bunch of bananas (without separating them) in a paper bag, cover and leave at room temperature. Bananas emit ethylene which causes ripening. Adding an apple to the bag will speed up the process.

Can I Freeze Overripe Bananas?

If you have overripe bananas and aren’t ready to bake with them, DO NOT throw them away!

How to Freeze Bananas: place them un-peeled in a freezer-safe bag, remove any excess air and freeze up to 3 months. You can use thawed bananas for banana bread. You can also freeze them peeled and cut into pieces for easier use in smoothies. P.S. You can also freeze a whole banana bread with the same method!

Slices of banana nut bread on a plate

How to Make Banana Bread:

This is the easiest banana bread recipe. We mix it in a stand mixer because it’s easy, but you can use an electric hand mixer and can even make it work with a hand whisk. There is no fancy equipment required. Watch the video tutorial below and you will be a pro in no time!

  1. In the mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Mix in mashed bananas and eggs.
  3. Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, salt, and baking soda and add to batter.
  4. Stir in vanilla, walnuts, and raisins, transfer to prepared loaf pan and bake.

Substitutions for a Healthy Banana Bread:

  • My sister Anna made this into a honey banana bread; replacing sugar with honey.
  • Use organic whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Replace 1 Tbsp of flour with 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed.
  • Reduce sugar to 1/2 cup when using very ripe bananas; they add plenty of sweetness

Moist banana bread recipe sliced to show banana nut bread center

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Moist Banana Bread Recipe

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Banana bread sliced on a cutting board
This Banana Bread Recipe is loaded with ripe bananas, tangy-sweet raisins, and toasted walnuts. It is one of our favorite ripe banana recipes and even better with overripe bananas.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 10 people

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a bread loaf pan (9.25 long x 5.25 wide x 2.75 deep). Lightly roast walnuts on a skillet, continuously stirring so they won’t burn. Coarsely chop and cool to room temperature. 
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together 8 Tbsp softened butter and 3/4 cup sugar (or honey if using honey).
  • Mash bananas with a fork until the consistency of chunky applesauce and add them to the batter along with 2 eggs, mixing until blended. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together: 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of salt then add to batter.
  • Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and mix in chopped walnuts and raisins. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350˚F for 55-60 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let banana bread rest for 10 min before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Per Serving

350kcal Calories45g Carbs5g Protein18g Fat7g Saturated Fat57mg Cholesterol243mg Sodium270mg Potassium3g Fiber20g Sugar354IU Vitamin A4mg Vitamin C26mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Moist Banana Bread Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
350
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Cholesterol
 
57
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
243
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
270
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
45
g
15
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
20
g
22
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
354
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
26
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast, snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, banana nut bread
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 350
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This banana bread recipe was first published in 2009; one of the very first recipes on our blog! It has been a reader and family favorite ever since.

Moist banana nut bread on kitchen towel

This Banana Bread Recipe is loaded with ripe bananas, tangy sweet raisins and toasted walnuts making it a banana nut bread. One of our favorite ripe banana recipes and even better with overripe bananas! This banana nut bread is super moist, easy and makes a great breakfast on-the-go. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Cathy Worms
    May 30, 2024

    This recipe is so delicious. I had some over-ripe apricots and also made apricot bread with the same recipe leaving out the nuts. The only thing I did with the apricot bread was add 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of cloves. I used 6 apricots. Thank you for this recipe. My mother-in-law had never had banana bread because we live in Germany. She loved it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2024

      Hey Cathy, thanks for sharing! Great to hear that your mother in law enjoyed this recipe too!

      Reply

  • Lynn
    May 29, 2024

    Great recipe! I added unsweetened coconut flakes with extra walnuts and raisins. Came out delicious and moist.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2024

      Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Kevin
    May 29, 2024

    I substituted Splenda for sugar(with a touch of honey), I had 3/4 cup walnuts, but had 1/4 cup sliced almonds, 2 fat eggs from my fat chicken, had older raisons , so I soaked them (softened up well), also topped it with cinnamon, coconut and little brown sugar.. I’ll let you know how it turns out…

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  • Traci
    May 28, 2024

    I used half brown sugar and half white. Pretty good. Thanks for the recipe

    Reply

  • Marsha
    May 27, 2024

    Making this for like the 100th time for my husband. We love it so much! Only thing it needs is cinnamon!

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  • Jacqueline Ford
    May 27, 2024

    I’ve made this recipe multiple times for my family and friends. It’s always a hit! I also critic(sugar) the recipe and still comes out delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Jacqueline.

      Reply

  • Diana
    May 27, 2024

    Hello! I love your recipes. Can I use bread flour instead of all purpose flour?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2024

      Hi Diana, I don’t recommend using bread flour especially on your first try, I recommend following the ingredients exactly as written to achieve great results.

      Reply

  • Ashley
    May 27, 2024

    I’ve made this recipe a few times now and it always turns out fantastic! Quick question- do you know how I would adjust timing for mini loaves?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 27, 2024

      Great to hear that, Ashley! I haven’t tested making this into mini loaves to advise.

      Reply

  • Lizbeth
    May 26, 2024

    I love this recipe so much, been using it for the past couple of years now. Can I substitute the baking soda for baking powder? If so, what do you recommend?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2024

      Hi Lizbeth, We’ve had the best results with baking soda. If you want to experiment with baking powder, keep in mind that baking soda is 4 times stronger than baking powder so you’ll need to adjust accordingly.

      Reply

  • David
    May 26, 2024

    Have been using this recipe for about 5 years and every time my banana bread is simply on point! Have made many versions of it… some with dark chocolate bits, or coconut, or dried fruits …. Simply awesome.

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    • Natasha
      May 26, 2024

      Hi David, I’m so happy to hear that you love this Banana Bread so much. Thanks for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Anne
    May 25, 2024

    I love your recipes, and this banana loaf is a favourite.
    Never fails, always delicious

    Reply

  • Jo
    May 23, 2024

    This is my go to recipe for my husband and I.
    It’s reliable and delicious every time! Thank you! We like to bake cinnamon on the top!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2024

      Thank you for sharing that with us! That’s great to know that you both love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Lorene Gibson
    May 22, 2024

    Easy recipe the only difference is i grinded the walnuts I love the flavor but not the chunk

    Reply

  • Aisha Aladdin
    May 22, 2024

    Hi Natasha

    I always make this Bread and it’s a hit. Just one question how can I make this diabetic friendly? Do I sub sugar with Equal?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2024

      I’m glad that this is always a huge hit! I have not tried using equal or any other substitution to advise but feel free to do an experiment.

      Reply

  • Marie Farrell
    May 22, 2024

    Excellent banana bread, easy to make. My husband and I love it. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 22, 2024

      Thank you for sharing that, Marie!

      Reply

  • Andrew
    May 20, 2024

    This is a very easy recipe to follow and very delicious! Thank you for sharing.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2024

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Andrew!

      Reply

  • Kim Williams
    May 20, 2024

    Easy and awesome

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2024

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Lilly
    May 20, 2024

    Hi Natasha,
    This Banana bread is so delicious and turned out so good. Every one loved it! I made this twice already in two weeks.
    Thank you so much
    Take care

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Lilly!

      Reply

  • Connie Gelu
    May 19, 2024

    I made this banana bread according to the recipe with one exception. I used a half teaspoon of vanilla and a half teaspoon of rum extract. I also baked it at 325 degrees because I baked it in a toaster oven and it seems to bake a little hotter. It turned out
    perfect and it is my favorite banana bread recipe, so far.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Connie! Thanks a lot for sharing your experience trying our Banana Bread Recipe.

      Reply

  • John Crisci
    May 19, 2024

    Best recipe for banana bread that I ever tried , I added a little cinnamon and extra walnuts,

    Reply

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