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Mia’s Family Banana Nut Bread

4.76 from 66 votes
Mia's Banana Nut Bread recipe is one straight from her family — and it's so good, my husband, our cameraman, and I ate the entire loaf in one morning while it was still warm!
Mia's perfect banana nut bread with walnuts.

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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

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Two 9-inch by 5-inch (23cm x 13cm) loaf pans
  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowls

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.

How NOT To Make Banana Bread

Despite the easiness of this recipe, there are in fact ways to make mistakes when whipping up a loaf. Let me break down the most common things people get wrong, so you can avoid them and sail straight to success. Find that information here in my master Best-Ever Banana Bread recipe!

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!

Mia’s Banana Nut Bread

4.76 from 66 votes
Author: Mia
Servings: 2 loaves
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Author: Mia
Servings: 2 loaves


  • 2 cups (10oz/284g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs , beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 medium very ripe bananas (2 ½ cups/12oz/360g), mashed
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 cups (10oz/284g) walnuts, finely chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and butter two 9-inch by 5-inch (23cm x 13cm) loaf pans and line with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar together for a few minutes, until fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  • Beat in bananas and sour cream.
  • Finally, fold in the dry ingredients. Please don’t over mix or you will have a tough bread!
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans and top with nuts (if using).
  • Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze banana bread in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Defrost at room temperature (in the container) for an hour or two.
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3 years ago

I love banana bread and this recipe is delicious. I add chocolate chips and walnuts to the batter. Also thirty minutes in I cover with foil because it browns quite a lot. I also find that it needs 1 hour baking total because at 40 minutes it was still raw. Thanks Gemma it tastes amazing and thanks for the metric measurements it really helps out when living in the UK. ❤️

3 years ago

Just tried thd banana bread. It turned out to be so soft in exactly 40 mins. I used brown sugar mainly with a bit of white. Can i add 4 eggs instead of 3 next time as that might add a crunch to it? What do you think, Gemma?

Amy Holcombe
3 years ago

My whole family loved the flavor, texture and aesthetics of this recipe. I would love to make a version of it with a bit more height. Mine ended up being about 2″ tall. If I put the entire batter in one 9×5″ pan vs two, will the cooking time remain the same? Curious if anyone has tried that in an attempt to get a more traditional looking loaf? Thanks Gemma for all of your fabulous recipes!

2 months ago

Hey Gemma, love your site.
What can I sub for the sour cream ?(also don’t have yogurt).

Melissa Bharwani
Melissa Bharwani
2 years ago

If I bake them into muffins, how long do I have to bake for!

2 years ago

Hi Gemma, can I substitute oil for butter ?

Shreeya Sawhney
Shreeya Sawhney
2 years ago

Gemma, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve tried them so many multiple times, and this has been truly the first time it was so soooo soft…almost like a moist cake. I added dark chocolate chunks to one loaf and walnuts in the other. The bread is wonderfully moist and fully of that banana flavour! I added some marmalade for extra flavour in the one with nuts too! Thank you Mia, and of course Gemma!

Last edited 2 years ago by Shreeya Sawhney
Purple Critic
3 years ago

Hi Gemma!

Thanks to Mia and to you for this recipe! 🤗

I have a few Qs though:

Can I use chopped ROASTED PEANUTS, instead of Walnuts in this recipe? ☺

Also, can I substitute Sour Cream with BUTTERMILK?

And use CANOLA instead of Butter?

Thank you very much!

Last edited 3 years ago by Purple Critic
3 years ago

Made this and done finished in 1 day. Thank u Gemma. Will try more of your recipes.
Love from Singapore.

3 years ago

Too funny that I came across this post today. I have two cream cheese banana bread loaves in the ovens. I also add toasted walnuts and chocolate chips. Yummy!😄

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