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Banana Nut Bread

This Banana Nut Bread recipe is so popular because it’s easy to make and turns out perfectly every time. The addition of sour cream keeps the bread super moist and adds great flavor. With or without nuts, you will definitely want to try this Banana Nut Bread recipe.

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Sliced Banana Nut Bread

Key to Success #1 – Ripe Bananas

When making Banana Nut Bread, you’ll want to make sure you use the ripest bananas you can find.

They don’t have to be black, but it’s best if you use spotted bananas for the most flavorful Banana Bread.

Slice of Banana Nut Bread

If your bananas are not ripe yet, you can speed up the ripening process by placing your bananas into a paper bag overnight.

Or just wait a few days to make your Banana Nut Bread.

You can also put whole unpeeled bananas in a 250 degree F oven for about 15 minutes.

This will help the bananas soften and sweeten up a bit.

When baking with bananas, it doesn’t pay to add extra bananas to the mix.

Extra bananas can lead to a dense and tough loaf of bread.

Just be sure to mash your bananas well before incorporating them into your batter.

Banana Nut Bread

Key to Success #2 – Add Sour Cream

The addition of sour cream really amps up the moisture to keep your bread nice and light.

You’ll only use a half-cup of sour cream but it’s definitely enough to notice a difference in the texture of your Banana Nut Bread.

You can use the lower fat sour cream in this recipe if you’d prefer.

Delicious Banana Nut Bread

Key to Success #3 – No Mixer Required

This easy one-bowl Banana Nut Bread requires no mixer.

All you need is a wooden spoon or a whisk to bring everything together.

Once you add the flour, you’ll want to mix the batter as little as possible so that your bread will bake up with a beautiful, fluffy texture.

Just a few stirs with a spatula or wooden spoon is all you need.

Banana Nut Bread on Plate

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One-Bowl Banana Nut Bread
One-Bowl Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

This easy one-bowl Banana Nut Bread is moist and delicious thanks to the addition of sour cream in the mix. 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 2716kcal
Author: Jennifer



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 9X5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla and mix well. 
  • Add four, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just blended. Stir in nuts. Pour into loaf pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 


Diabetic Substitution:
  • Replace half of oil with equal amount unsweetened applesauce
  • Reduce sugar to 2/3 cup
  • Use reduced fat sour cream


Serving: 1grams | Calories: 2716kcal | Carbohydrates: 399g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 110g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 59g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 395mg | Sodium: 2428mg | Potassium: 1529mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 226g | Vitamin A: 1311IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 14mg
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