Old-Style Rich and Creamy Banana Nut Bread

A Family Treasure, Now Richer and Creamier

Elevate your family’s beloved banana nut bread recipe with these simple tweaks to make it even richer and creamier. This bread is moist, flavorful, and filled with the comforting aroma of bananas and toasted nuts, perfect for any family gathering or a cozy afternoon snack.

KEY TIPS Before You Start

  1. Use Overripe Bananas: The best banana nut bread starts with very ripe bananas. They should have lots of brown spots – the riper, the better, as they are sweeter and mash more easily.
  2. Mash Bananas Well: Mash the bananas thoroughly for a smooth texture, or leave some small chunks if you prefer a more rustic texture with bits of banana in the bread.
  3. Don’t Overmix the Batter: Mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can lead to a dense, tough bread.
  4. USE THE RIGHT PAN: This is so important. If your pan is dark metal, reduce the oven temperature by 25°F as these pans can cause the bread to brown too quickly. Ideally you should be using a ceramic or aluminium a pan like this option.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (about 3-4 bananas)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add this to the banana mixture, stirring just until combined. Fold in the toasted nuts.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
  5. Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy this rich and creamy banana nut bread, and may it add another delicious chapter to your family’s culinary history!

Carina De Villiers

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