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Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Baking banana bread is easy with this copycat recipe

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated September 29, 2022

Recreate this Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread recipe and it’ll become a firm favorite in your household. Easy to prepare and bake, everyone will love it as a delicious afternoon snack or make-ahead breakfast.

Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread recipe

Banana bread recipes have been around since the 1930s, and have recently become very popular. And it’s easy to see why – they’re really affordable to make, have a soft, moist texture, and taste really sweet.

Here I’ve taken inspiration from the Pioneer Woman banana bread recipe. Our copycat version is just as easy to make, but with a few added twists to make the bread even better.

I’ve added some chopped walnuts to bring in extra texture and flavor. Plus, the amount of mashed banana has been increased, and I’ve also added a little vanilla extract and cinnamon for an extra sweet, warm taste.

This recipe also uses a normal loaf pan, whereas Pioneer Woman uses a bundt pan in her banana bread recipe.

The result is a yummy, sweet bake that uses readily available ingredients and is full of nutrient-dense nuts. You’ll probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen!

And this banana nut bread recipe is so versatile, you can serve it first thing, in the afternoon, or as a dessert after dinner. Or if you’re feeling generous, gift some to your family and neighbors – they’ll love you for it!

Tips and Tricks For Making Pioneer Woman’s Banana Nut Bread

  • Use overripe bananas to give your banana bread a really banana-y flavor! If you choose bananas at the stage where they’re just good to eat, you won’t be able to taste them once they’re mixed into a bread or cake batter.

    Speed up the ripening process by putting unpeeled bananas into your oven. Bake at 300°F until they start to turn brown. You can also help your bananas to ripen by leaving them inside a brown paper bag in a warm place.

  • Soften the butter before you mix it with the other ingredients. This will give your banana bread a softer texture and bring out the subtle taste of the butter.

  • Pick a lighter-colored pan to bake your banana bread in. Darker pans absorb more heat than lighter ones, which can mean that your bake will brown too quickly. Plus, all metal pans conduct heat efficiently. So in a darker dish, the edges of your banana bread will heat up faster and you may then get an uneven bake.

  • If your banana bread is browning too fast, use some aluminum foil. Create a loose tent over your bake to slow down the browning.

  • Add the eggs to the other ingredients one at a time, making sure that you whisk each one in well before adding the next. This will ensure that your eggs are evenly distributed in your bread batter.

  • Don’t overmix your banana nut bread ingredients. You’ll get the best results if you just combine the ingredients, whereas overmixing can lead to a tougher texture.

  • Once you’ve taken your banana bread out of the oven, allow it to rest a little before you slice it into pieces. This will make it easier to cut as the sugars will have had some time to solidify.

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Pioneer Woman Banana Nut Bread Recipe

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time1h10 min
  • Total Time1h30 min
  • Servings12
  • Yield12

Level: Easy




  1. Mix the Ingredients

    First, preheat your oven to 350oF. Then, use a little butter to grease your loaf pan before adding a little flour too.

    Mash the overripe bananas with a fork in a large mixing bowl. Use your whisk or mixer to combine the softened butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract with the mashed bananas.

    Remember to add the eggs one at a time. Whisk each one in for a few seconds before adding the next one.

    Next, take a separate bowl and add the dry ingredients. Mix the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda well.

    Gradually add this flour mixture and the sour cream to the other ingredients in the larger bowl using your rubber spatula, alternating between the two. Stir thoroughly until these ingredients are distributed in the mashed banana batter evenly.

    Then, fold the chopped walnuts in.

  2. Bake the Banana Bread

    Pour your prepared banana bread recipe into the loaf pan. Allow it to bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

    You’ll know it’s ready when a toothpick inserted down the center comes out clean.

    Finally, upturn your moist baked banana nut bread onto the cooling rack. Let it cool for a while before you slice it.

    Serve and enjoy your Pioneer Woman banana nut bread!

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Customizing Pioneer Woman’s Banana Nut Bread

  • Swap the all-purpose white flour for wholewheat flour for a slightly healthier version of this banana bread recipe.

  • Substitute the white granulated sugar for brown sugar, which will really bring the flavor of the bananas out. Darker brown sugar will also give extra richness and a softer, more moist texture to your finished banana bread.
  • Feel free to experiment with the nut choices! Try using chopped pecans, cashews, peanuts, macadamias, or a mixture – the choice is yours.

  • Or leave out the nuts completely if you’re not a fan. Or another good option is to swap them for chocolate chips, or use a combination of both nuts and chocolate.

  • Melted butter will give your banana nut bread a great flavor. But if you only have vegetable oil to hand, this is a good substitute.

  • Banana bread recipes can easily be adapted to make muffins. Bake your bread batter in a standard, lined muffin tin rather than the loaf pan. Your muffins should take about 25 minutes to bake. Check them with a toothpick to see when they’re ready.

  • Finally, you can add a glaze to your Pioneer Woman banana bread bake. Mix some milk, rum, cream, and lemon juice (1 tablespoon of each). Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and whisk your glaze until it has a smooth consistency. Once your banana bread is cool, drizzle the glaze over the top.
  • Ways to Enjoy Pioneers Woman’s Banana Nut Bread

  • Your Pioneer Woman banana nut bread can be enjoyed in so many different ways! For breakfast, why not try toasting a slice and topping it with some softened butter – or even a nut butter such as almond butter if you want an extra nutty taste.

  • In the afternoon, you can have it as a lovely snack with either a cup of tea or coffee. Or if it’s the summer, a really decadent treat is to serve it with some ice cream.

  • To turn your Pioneer Woman banana bread recipe into more of a meal, try serving it with some yogurt, extra sour cream, or some maple syrup or honey. And remember, however you decide to enjoy this banana bread, you’re getting lots of nutrients from the mashed bananas and walnuts.

How to Store and Freeze Pioneer Woman’s Banana Nut Bread

Your banana nut bread can be stored for a few days in a sealed freezer bag or airtight container. This doesn’t need to be in the refrigerator, as the bread will keep moist at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.

For longer periods, we’d suggest that you store it in your fridge. However, this can cause the banana bread to dry up quickly.

To help prevent this, store your Pioneer Woman banana nut bread in a resealable bag or good container. It should last like this for up to a week – but remember to check inside the bag or container and remove any water drops with a paper towel if you see any.

You can also freeze this banana bread recipe. It should last for around 3 to 4 months in your freezer.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 548Calories
  • 29 g Fat
  • 65.3 g Carbs
  • 9.5 gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Per Serving Size (based on 12 servings)
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat29 g 37%
Saturated Fat14.2 g 71%
Cholesterol94 mg 31%
Sodium257 mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate65.3 g 24%
Dietary Fiber2.5 g 9%
Total Sugars28.6 g
Protein9.5 g
Vitamin C14 mcg 72%
Calcium85 mg 7%
Iron3 mg 14%
Potassium315 mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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