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Starbucks Banana Nut Bread

Starbucks’ banana nut bread is a beloved treat that is perfect for those who love banana bread’s sweet and savory flavors. The recipe is made with ripe bananas, flour, sugar, eggs, and a pinch of cinnamon and sweet vanilla.

Sliced Banana Nut Bread on a Plate

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This Starbucks banana nut bread is moist and fluffy, with a rich banana flavor balanced by the sweetness of the sugar, studded with chunks of walnuts for the perfect crunch.

You can use sweet plantains instead of bananas to add even more of a latin twist. This will give the bread a more complex flavor and a slightly different texture.

This recipe is excellent when you have ripe bananas that are too ripe to eat and ideal for a sweet banana dessert.

Sliced Banana Nut Bread on a Plate

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What is the secret to the Starbucks banana nut bread?

The first secret to the Starbucks banana nut bread is the ingredients and the fat ratio to flour.

The ideal combination is one where the ratio of wet and dry ingredients is roughly balanced, 2:1.

The butter and bananas will ensure a moist and rich bread. The ideal mixture is thick and less runny. More flour will lead to dry bread, and more butter and banana will make the bread too wet and make it challenging to form bread without falling apart.

The second secret is the delicious and earthy mix of walnuts and pecans. The combination gives the bread a crunchy texture.

Starbucks Banana Nut Bread

The Starbucks version of this delicious banana nut loaf has walnuts and pecans. You can chop up pecans and add them to the recipe!

Top Tips

  1. Make sure your bananas are ripe.

    Ideally, the banana is incredibly ripe, and the peel has dark spots. And probably a banana you wouldn’t want to eat as a snack. However, you want to ensure the banana peel is not entirely black. Bananas can turn sour and unpleasant. 

    A super-ripe banana is perfect for banana bread or a banana smoothie. Yum. 

    As it ages, the banana becomes sweeter. It takes about 4-5 days for a green banana to turn ripe. 

  2. Technique: Cook the banana bread using the bain marie or hot water bath if desired. It can help cook the loaf evenly and keep it moist. 

Ingredients and Substitutions

Baking Soda

You can substitute baking soda for a different leavening agent like baking powder, potassium bi-carbonate, soda water, or self-rising water. Essentially an ingredient that will expand and allow the bread to rise.


You can substitute the eggs with sour cream for richness and moistness. Instead of two eggs, add half a cup of sour cream to the mixture. 


Why does the middle of the banana bread not cook?

It happens when it has not cooked for long enough, and the heat isn’t getting to the middle of the batter. 

I have this little trick to help cook the banana bread throughout without burning the top and drying the bread. I use the water bath, or bain-marie method, which is simple, but a great trick!

I place the baking dish on a pan and fill the pan with water – without getting water in the baking dish. Water baths or bain-marie are excellent when baking cheesecakes or custards; it helps add moisture to the oven. 

It will cook the bread evenly!

Can I make this banana bread without baking soda?

Baking soda helps the bread rise because it acts as a leavening agent. If you’re looking to bake banana bread without baking soda, you can substitute baking soda for:

  • Baking powder
  • Potassium BiCarbonate
  • Self-rising flour or,
  • Soda Water

Essentially an ingredient that produces gas that will expand and help the bread rise. 

Can I substitute brown sugar with white sugar or cane sugar?

This recipe calls for cane sugar; however, you can swap it for brown or white sugar. It is identically sweet at a 1:1 ratio.

There are a couple of differences.

Cane sugar is extracted from sugarcane and naturally contains molasses. As a result, it has an incredible depth of flavor with hints of vanilla. 

While brown sugar is also extracted from sugarcane, molasses is added after extraction to give it a brown color. As a result, it has a deep flavor, similar to toffee or caramel. 

White sugar is highly refined and whitened and can come from sugar beet or sugarcane. 

Storage and Reheating


You can store the banana nut bread in the refrigerator for a few days.

You can also slice the bread into individual slices and wrap them to store it longer and make it easy to take. Or you can keep it in a glass container or cover the baking dish before storing it in the fridge. 


Take a slice and toast it in a countertop oven or stovetop. A warm slice of banana bread is delicious, but you can also enjoy it at room temperature.

Equipment for this recipe

Step One – Mix the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl with a whisk to a creamy consistency.

Step Two – Cut and mash the ripe banana and mix with the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla extract. 

Banana Butter and Sugar in a baking dish

Step Three – Add two whole eggs to the mixture and mix well. 

Banana Butter, sugar and eggs in mixing bowl

Step Four – Chop whole walnuts into small pieces, add to the mixture, and mix. 

Banana Nut Mix with Nuts in mixing Bowl

Step Five – Add the dry ingredients and mix until the flour has dissolved.

Step Six – Butter a baking dish and add the mix to the baking dish—Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet and bake in a bain-marie to cook evenly. Add water to the baking sheet without getting water in the batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 75-85 minutes. 

Banana Nut Bread Mix in Baking Pan

Step Seven – Voila! Let sit for a few minutes before you cut a delicious slice of your favorite banana bread. 

Sliced Banana Nut Bread on a Plate
Sliced Banana Nut Bread on a Plate

Starbucks Copycat Banana Nut Bread

Print Recipe
Moist Banana Bread with Walnuts
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Banana Bread, Banana Nut Bread, Banana Walnut Bread, Best Banana Bread, Starbucks Banana Nut Bread
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 people
Calories 356


  • 1 Countertop Smart Oven
  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Whisk
  • 1 Measuring Spoons
  • 1 Chef Knife
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Baking Dish
  • 1 Baking Pan


  • 3 Whole Bananas Extra
  • 8 tbsp Salted Butter Grass-Fed
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Whole Eggs Pastured
  • cup Flour Organic
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon Ceylon


  • Step 1
    Preheat the oven to 325.
    Add the sugar and butter to a large bowl and mix with the whisk to a creamy consistency.
  • Step 2
    Cut the bananas - add to the mixture, and mix and mash.
  • Step 3
    Add the eggs, vanilla extract or pure vanilla bean paste, and cinnamon and mix well.
  • Step 4
    Add chopped walnuts - optional. You can also add chopped pecans for a true Starbucks copycat recipe.
    Add the dry ingredients and mix all the way through until the flour is completely dissolved.
  • Step 5
    Butter your baking dish and add the mixture. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet and place it in the oven, and add water to the baking sheet surrounding the baking dish. Bake 70-85 minutes at 325° until baked through.
    Test the bread with a toothpick or butter knife to ensure it is baked in the middle.
  • Step 6
    Remove from the oven, let sit for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

7 Responses

  1. It literally tastes as good as it looks. Thank you for sharing this. I made it as instructed and it turned out so good.

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