{Old fashioned} Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This is a recipe from an aunt of mine. It dates back, at least fifty years. To me, some of the best recipes are the old-fashioned, tried and true recipes that are passed down from family members. Come on in and I’ll share my Aunt Nadine’s recipe for delicious, Old Fashioned Banana Nut Bread.

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Banana Nut Bread

Bread recipes are some of my favorite kinds of recipes. I love all types of food, but man do I love bread This banana bread recipe is down-home comfort food. I always love how banana bread has that beautiful split down the middle. It’s so beautiful. It reminds me of this beautiful pumpkin bread with a streusel topping, and this classic white bread.

Banana Nut bread

There is not a whole lot better than a warm piece of Banana Bread fresh out of the oven with a little butter melting into the cracks and crevices. 

Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Add delicious walnuts, and this is really the ultimate comfort food. It’s perfect for a delicious snack, visitors or dessert. 

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Old Fashioned Banana Bread

How Do You Keep Banana Bread Moist?

Cover banana bread with a clear wrap to keep it moist

How Long will Banana Bread Last?

1-2 days at room temperature, and 1 week in the refrigerator. Cover with a clear wrap to keep moist.

What do you eat with Banana Bread?

Banana bread is best served warm with a dab of butter and/or cream cheese. Serve with milk. 

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

How do you make Banana Bread?

  1. In a large bowl, cream sugar, and butter
  2. Mix in eggs and vanilla
  3. Mix buttermilk and baking soda – add this to the batter
  4. In another bowl, mix flour and salt
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix
  6. Fold in walnuts
  7. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 

Here’s a quick video on how I made this Banana Nut Bread Recipe: 

{Old fashioned} Banana Nut Bread Recipe with Video

An old fashioned recipe that is tried and true. Delicious to the last bite.
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 335cal
Author: Melissa


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 large bananas ripe – mashed
  • 3 cups flour  all-purpose
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, Cream sugar, and butter
  • Add eggs and beat well
  • Add vanilla
  • Mix baking soda with the buttermilk and add this to the bowl
  • Add mashed bananas
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, and salt
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix in
  • Fold in walnuts
  • Mix and pour into 2 greased loaf pans
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour


*I’ve had some comments on Pinterest about the amount of sugar used. I do find that the older recipes have a lot more sugar than we are used to. If 2 cups of sugar seems extreme to you, you can cut it back to 1 cup. One pinner even noted that they only used 1/2 cup and it was still sweet. 
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 335cal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Erin

    This recipie is so close to my great great great grandmother’s that came to America from Poland 107 years ago. We use 1 cup of buttermilk and 2 1/2 cups flour. Also from great grammy, 1 tap vinegar then fill to 1 cup with milk is a perfect substitute for buttermilk.

    1. Melissa

      I love this!

  2. Sharon

    Where did you get your loaf pan?

    1. Melissa

      I honestly can’t remember if my mom gave them to me as a gift or I bought them myself. The bottom of the pan says Tabletops Gallery by Alfred (TM). I did a quick Google search and didn’t find the exact pans. I found similar pans on Amazon, but not exact. If I purchased them, it would have been at Marshall’s. I always peruse the bakeware there for my kitchen collection. My mom, however, is always on the hunt for white cookware to buy when she goes to Goodwill. She finds the best baking dishes there. I’m sorry that I couldn’t find the exact pans for you.

  3. Kimberly

    Made this today with my 3yo and it’s delicious! We only used 1/2 cup of coconut sugar instead of the 2 cups of sugar and it still came out great (and sweet) but we made sure our bananas were very ripe. Will definitely be making again!

    1. Melissa

      I love that you made it with your 3-year-old. 🙂 How fun! I’m so glad that you like it. Thank you so much for the rating and comment.

  4. Mary edgar

    Not sure what’s a tap of vinager?

    1. Melissa

      I’m sorry. I’m not sure where you see vinegar in the post. Did I mention vinegar somewhere? I have looked and can’t find it, but I’m operating on very little sleep, today – so who knows. Let me know if I missed something and I’ll try to fix it. Thank you.

  5. Rita

    Its to make butter milk you add vinegar to milk, it’s in the recipe.

    1. Melissa

      If you have buttermilk on hand or can get to the store, then I prefer to use the store-bought buttermilk. I have made buttermilk with milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to every one cup of milk as a substitute, but you are correct – adding vinegar also works. I would use white 1 Tbsp. of vinegar for every 1 cup of milk that is required.