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Banana Walnut Bread Recipe

This Banana Walnut Bread, with crunchy toasted walnuts and rum-soaked raisins, is soft, moist, and a true delight!

If you enjoy homemade bread, you might also like our buttery brioche bread or our simple pumpkin bread.

Recipe Details

Banana Walnut Bread is a versatile classic that can be made in various ways. This version includes rum raisins, but there are many variations to explore. Don’t discard overripe bananas; instead, create this delicious banana bread 🙂

  • TASTE: Sweet, nutty, and rich, with the rum-soaked raisins adding a delightful flavor.
  • TEXTURE: The rum-infused raisins and toasted walnuts provide a juicy and crunchy texture.
  • TIME: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • EASE: While there are a few extra steps, this recipe is not difficult.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients for Banana Walnut Bread include brown sugar, sugar, flour, milk, butter, salt, baking soda, baking powder, rum, eggs, walnuts, ripe bananas, and raisins.

Ingredient Notes

  • Bananas– Very ripe, with spots all over.
  • Leavening agents- Baking soda and baking powder create a light, fluffy texture.
  • Eggs and Butter– Make sure they’re at room temperature for extra moistness.
  • Walnuts- Toast for enhanced nutty flavor when baking.
  • Raisins– Any type can be used.
  • Rum- Light rum is recommended.

Add-ins and Substitutions

  • Substitute the raisins- Use other dried fruits like apricots, cherries, or omit them.
  • Use another nut- Pecans, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or cashews can be used.
  • Substitute the rum- Try brandy, bourbon, or rum extract for a non-alcoholic version.
  • Add chocolate chips- Enhance the flavor with chocolate chips and vanilla extract.

How to Make Banana Walnut Bread

  • Mash the bananas. In a bowl, mash ripe bananas and set aside.
  • Cream the sugars and butter. Combine white sugar, brown sugar, and softened butter, then add eggs and milk.
  • Combine with the bananas. Fold egg and sugar mixture into mashed bananas.

Pro Tip: Use a handheld electric mixer for ease.

  • Soak the raisins. Soak raisins in rum for 5 minutes.
  • Sift the dry ingredients into the wet. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the raisins and walnuts. Include walnuts and soaked raisins in the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Grease a 4×8-inch loaf pan and preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Bake. Bake for 60-70 minutes until a toothpick inserted…After inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf to ensure it comes out clean, the banana walnut bread is ready. Once baked, transfer the loaf to a wire rack to cool.

    To make the best banana walnut bread, here are some useful tips:
    – Use very ripe bananas: Ensure the bananas are ripe for easy mashing and a sweeter flavor.
    – Infuse the raisins with rum: Add a hint of rum to the raisins for a rich flavor.
    – Sift the dry ingredients: Before adding them to the batter, sift the dry ingredients to avoid clumps.
    – Check for doneness: Verify that the bread is fully baked by testing with a toothpick.

    If you have questions about banana nut bread, here are some common FAQs and answers:
    – What are the black strings in banana nut bread? The strings are from the banana reacting with the alkaline nature of the baking soda.
    – Why is my banana nut bread dry? It may be due to using too much flour; spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it for accurate measurement.

    For serving suggestions:
    – Enjoy banana walnut bread with eggs, pancakes, or pastries for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack.
    – Pair it with various dishes like Easy Poached Eggs, Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, Apricot Rugelach, or a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

    You can make this recipe in advance by storing it properly:
    – Store wrapped in paper towels and foil to prevent drying out.
    – Freeze tightly wrapped in plastic for up to 2-3 months.

    For more delicious breakfast bread options, consider Brioche French Toast, Bread Pudding, German Pancakes, or Pumpkin Bread.

    To access the full recipe instructions for Banana Walnut Bread, including serving sizes and a summary of the dish, check the provided link containing the detailed recipe.The stars in the recipe rating section are filled with white color. Depending on the rating, they change to different shades using linear gradients. Users can rate the recipe by clicking on the stars from 1 to 5.

    There are different symbols for each star rating with labels indicating the number of stars. Below the star rating section, the average rating and the number of votes are displayed.

    There is a print icon that allows users to print the recipe.The recipe focuses on a dish that serves 12 people and falls under the categories of Breakfast and Dessert with its American cuisine. It requires 15 minutes of prep time and 1 hour of cooking time, resulting in a total time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. Per serving, it amounts to approximately 302.8 kcal and is authored by Dina.

    As for the ingredients, the key items include 3 ripe bananas, 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, and more. Would you like me to continue with the rest of the ingredient list?1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rum
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts toasted and chopped


  • In a bowl mash the ripe bananas with a masher and set aside.
    Steps to make Banana Walnut Bread: mash the bananas with a masher.
  • In a separate bowl combine the white sugar, brown sugar, and softened butter using a handheld electric mixer.
  • Add the eggs and milk to the sugar mixture and mix to combine.
  • Add the egg and sugar mixture to the mashed bananas.
    Instructions for making Banana Walnut Bread including creaming butter and sugar, adding milk and eggs, and blending with an electric hand mixer before combining with bananas.
  • Soak raisins in rum in a small bowl for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Combine sifted flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt with the banana and sugar mixture. Mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add chopped walnuts and soaked raisins (with remaining rum) to the banana bread batter and blend well.
    Directions for making Banana Walnut Bread: infuse raisins with rum, mix in flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, incorporate walnuts and raisins into the batter before pouring into loaf pan.
  • Pour the batter into a greased 4×8-inch loaf pan and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow the loaf to cool on a rack after baking.
    Directions for making Banana Walnut Bread: bake batter until a golden brown loaf forms.


Storing banana bread

Store in an airtight container or wrap in plastic at room temperature for up to 2 days, then refrigerate for up to a week.

How to freeze it

Wrap in plastic, place in a zip-lock bag, and freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.


Calories: 302.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.56g | Protein: 4.44g | Fat: 11.94g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Cholesterol: 47.8mg | Sodium: 302.5mg | Potassium: 229.97mg | Fiber: 2.07g | The amount of sugar in the recipe is 21.13g. It also contains 294.84 IU of Vitamin A, 2.89mg of Vitamin C, and 30.78mg of Calcium. Additionally, the recipe includes 1.53mg of Iron.

This recipe was initially published on Jun 11, 2015, and has been slightly modified since then.

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