Banana Pecan Loaf Recipe
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Banana Pecan Loaf Recipe

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We slice this banana bread so thick it is almost embarrassing—but we need fat slices to deliver ample portions of the Pineapple Spread. When beating the cream cheese for the spread, beat the cheese until it is as light and fluffy as whipped cream. —Lee Ann Miller, Millersburg, Ohio
Featured In: Banana Bread A to Z
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple, well drained

Nutritional Facts

1 slice with 4-1/2 teaspoons spread: 275 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture. Fold in pecans.
  2. Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and pineapple. Serve with bread. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Banana Pecan Loaf in Taste of Home October 2011, p73

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Eulalia42 User ID: 168639 216730
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"Wonderful! This is the best banana bread recipe I've seen in years. My family loved it!!! The pineapple spread was magnificent - and I don't even like pineapple!"

kranenburgk User ID: 5817924 181102
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"I have been making banana bread for 40 years or more and this is the very best recipe that I have found!! My husband and I love the pecans (I usually use walnuts) and the brown sugar gives this bread a moist and sweet flavor. Thank you so much!"

sarahdraper08 User ID: 5300088 196772
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"easy to make and sooo good! Next time I'll try the pineapple spread!"

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 125710
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"Exceptionally good loaf! I love the cake-like texture and mild flavour. This is my new favorite banana loaf recipe."

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 193902
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"This is a good recipe, I substituted the brown sugar with brown sugar blend. That did give it an after taste, so next time I make it, I will only substitute half of the brown sugar with it. Other than that if was great."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2350474 213010
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"This is a fantastic recipe! I like to keep mini loaves of bread in my freezer for instant gifts so I doubled this recipe, added 2 tsp. of banana flavoring and baked it in 14 mini loaf pans and made one cupcake (for tasting purposes of course). Great recipe. I will use this one for my go to Banana bread from now on."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 213009
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"This was just okay. It did not have much of a banana flavor. I think it might taste better with another banana or two. I was looking for another banana bread recipe, and I ran across this. I did not make the spread as we just prefer the bread. It was okay, but not something I will make again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4222894 121548
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"add coconut to the spread, then you have a tropical snack!"

ldee87 User ID: 6487174 114982
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"I have used various different recipes for banana bread, but this one is a keeper for me and my family."

bakergirlmd User ID: 6045723 197081
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"If you are adventurous, add 5 mashed bananas instead of three! Also, dark chocolate chip chips are wonderful, but just 1/2 cup!"

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