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Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread

The Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread is a classic recipe combining the sweetness of ripe bananas with the crunch of walnuts, resulting in a moist and flavorful bread that has become a favorite among many.


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Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread
Prep: 15 mins Total: 60 mins Yields: 8

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Why you’ll like it

There are several reasons why you should give the Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread recipe a try.

  • Easy Banana Nut Bread. It’s incredibly easy to make, requiring just a handful of common ingredients. Even novice bakers can achieve excellent results.
  • Moist and Tender. The bread is incredibly moist and tender, thanks to the generous amount of bananas used in the recipe. The ripe bananas not only add natural sweetness but also keep the bread moist for days.
  • Crunchy pecans. the addition of chopped pecans brings a delightful crunch and enhances the overall flavor profile.
  • Versatile. This recipe offers a versatile and delicious way to use up overripe bananas that might otherwise go to waste.

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What is Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread?

Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread is a delightful baked treat that showcases the perfect blend of ripe bananas and crunchy nuts. This recipe stands out for its moist texture, rich flavor, and simplicity. The combination of mashed bananas, eggs, butter, flour, sugar, and walnuts creates a heavenly aroma and a mouthwatering taste. It’s a versatile recipe that can be enjoyed as a breakfast dish, afternoon snack, or even a dessert.

Ingredients

For the flour mixture

  • All-purpose Flour – 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Baking Powder – 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ginger – 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Nutmeg – a pinch, grated

For the wet mixture

  • Sugar – 1/2 cup granulated sugar & 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • Butter – 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • Egg – 1 large egg
  • Banana – 3 bananas (1 1/2 cups), mashed

For the banana bread

  • Pecans – 1 cup pecans, chopped

How to make Pioneer Woman banana nut bread

  1. Preheat oven and prepare pan. Preheat oven to 350ºF / 176ºC. Grease a loaf pan (8 x 4 inches or 9 x 5 inches).
  2. Make the flour mixture: Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and spices together in a bowl.
  3. Make another mixture in another bowl: Mix the sugar with the melted butter, and eggs. Then fold in the mashed banana puree and continue to blend.
  4. Assemble the banana bread. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the wet mixture and fold in blending with the hand mixer and fold in the chopped pecans.
  5. Bake. Pour batter into the pans. Bake for 45–60 minutes. See tips below.
  6. Serve. Cool for 5 minutes and then run a knife around the edge to pop the loaf out. Cool on a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

banana bread in baking tin ready to be baked

Tips

  • To check if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick in the center and make sure it comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  • If the tops are browning more than you’d like, tent with foil towards the end of baking.
  • To store, wrap the bread in foil in an airtight container at room temperature. Otherwise, refrigerate to extend its shelf life.
  • Add chocolate chips or dried fruits for extra flavor variations.

baked banana bread with pecans

Variations

  1. Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread: Add a generous amount of chocolate chips along with chopped pecans to the batter. The combination of sweet chocolate and crunchy pecans complements the moist banana bread perfectly, creating a delightful treat.
  2. Maple Pecan Banana Bread: Add pure maple syrup into the batter, reducing the amount of sugar in your recipe to compensate for the added sweetness. Toss chopped pecans into the batter for a nutty crunch that pairs wonderfully with the maple-infused bread.
  3. Banana Nut Bread with Caramel Drizzle: After baking and cooling, drizzle the top of the bread with homemade caramel sauce or store-bought caramel syrup. The caramel adds a rich, buttery sweetness that complements the bananas and pecans for an indulgent twist.
  4. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins with Chocolate Drizzle: Whip up a batch of delightful banana bread muffins with chocolate chips and chopped pecans mixed into the batter. After baking and cooling, drizzle each muffin with a luscious chocolate sauce for the perfect blend of banana and chocolate flavors.

Feel free to experiment with these variations to satisfy your cravings for delicious banana bread with a twist. Whether you choose chocolate, maple, caramel, or muffins with a chocolate drizzle, the addition of pecans will elevate your banana bread to a whole new level of scrumptiousness!

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Mary Berry Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Chocolate Drizzle

How to serve Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread?

  • Enjoy a warm slice with a pat of butter or cream cheese for a delicious breakfast.
  • Toast the bread and spread it with peanut butter for a satisfying snack.
  • Turn it into a decadent dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzling caramel sauce.
  • Serve it alongside a cup of coffee or tea for a delightful afternoon pick-me-up.
  • Wrap individual slices and pack them in lunch boxes or take them on the go for a quick and convenient snack.

slice of banana bread with pecans served with a cup of tea.

Storage Instructions

To keep your Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread fresh and delicious, follow these storage instructions:

  1. Cool Completely: Allow the banana nut bread to cool completely on a wire rack after baking. This prevents condensation and moisture buildup inside the storage container. Place the cooled bread in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Alternatively, you can use a resealable plastic bag with the air squeezed out.
  2. Use within 2-3 days: If you plan to consume the banana nut bread within 2-3 days, it’s safe to store it at room temperature. Keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
  3. Refrigeration: If you want to extend its shelf life, store the bread in the refrigerator. Use an airtight container or wrap it well to prevent it from drying out. Refrigerated banana nut bread can stay fresh for up to a week.
  4. Freezing: For longer-term storage, freeze individual slices or the entire loaf. Wrap the slices or loaf in plastic wrap and then place them in an airtight freezer bag or container. Label with the date to keep track.
  5. Thawing: When you’re ready to enjoy the banana nut bread, allow it to thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator if it is frozen. You can also reheat slices in the oven or microwave for a warm, freshly baked taste.

pioneer woman banana pecans bread

Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread

Caroline Sciberras
The Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread is a classic recipe combining the sweetness of ripe bananas with the crunch of walnuts, resulting in a moist and flavorful bread that has become a favorite among many.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 407.89 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the flour mixture

  • All-purpose Flour 1 1/2 cups
  • Baking soda 1 teaspoon
  • Kosher Salt 1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking Powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ginger 1/2 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg grated (a pinch)

For the wet mixture

  • Granulated Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Light Brown Sugar 1/4 cup
  • Salted Butter 6 tablespoons
  • Egg 1 large
  • Ripe Banana mashed (1 1/2 cups or 3 Bananas)

For the banana cake

  • Pecans chopped (1 cup)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven and prepare pan. Preheat oven to 350ºF / 176ºC. Grease a loaf pan (8 x 4 inches or 9 x 5 inches).
  • Make the flour mixture: Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and spices together in a bowl.
  • Make another mixture in another bowl: Mix the sugar with the melted butter, and eggs. Then fold in the mashed banana puree and continue to blend.
  • Assemble the banana bread. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the wet mixture and fold in blending with the hand mixer and fold in the chopped pecans.
  • Bake. Pour batter into the pans. Bake for 45–60 minutes. See tips below.
  • Serve. Cool for 5 minutes and then run a knife around the edge to pop the loaf out. Cool on a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • To check if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick in the center and make sure it comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  • If the tops are browning more than you’d like, tent with foil towards the end of baking.
  • To store, wrap the bread in foil.
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2 thoughts on “Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread”

  1. I have tried this recipe once or twice with my kids as enjoy bonding while baking. The way the ripe bananas infuse their sweet flavor into every bite, combined with the crunchy goodness of the nuts, is simply divine.

    However, could you please clarify the baking time and oven temperature? Is there any way to expedite the process, or is the full 60-minute bake time necessary?

    1. You can try to increase the oven temperature to 200C or 290F (-20 degrees with fan) and you might gain 5 to 10 minutes. However, this also depends on your oven. Unfortunately with banana bread even using an air fryer doesn’t decrease baking time. On the upside, the recipe is very easy to make and also each to freeze so that you can prepare ahead.

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