Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe
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Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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A yellow cake mix streamlines assembly of this moist golden bread. I searched a long while for a banana bread that was easy to make. This one takes no time at all, and makes two loaves. —Marie Davis, Pendleton, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 117 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and milk. Add bananas; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in pecans.
  2. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Banana Nut Bread in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p13

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SanditheCat 254183
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2016

"This was fast, easy and very tasty. My family enjoyed it so much. I followed the recipe exactly and both loaves rose as they should with a nice banana flavor. It's not a "poor replica" as a reviewer in 2013 remarked..."

misscoffeepot 252097
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016

"Very nice flavor. My loaves did not rise more than about 2 1/2 inches, so next time I may use smaller pans or put it all into one pan. I did use blueberries in place of nuts, so that may have affected the result. But, for a fast and tasty bread- it is worth making"

Tammyellis17 239465
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"I have made this recipe MANY times and it's always a hit! It's easy and hits all the marks."

Lindasrose 112581
Reviewed May. 14, 2014

"I use a carrot cake or spice cake . It adds more flavor & I add cinnamon & nutmeg, also a

topping of butter,brown sugar & cinnamon & nutmeg to top."

Madelac 87306
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"I agree about adding more banana for a stronger flavor. Has the right amount of sweetness . I used my cupcake tins and shortened the bake time."

lhalek 35799
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"This was too cakey, hardly had any banana flavor, fell apart when you cut it. This person should really take the time to make a banana bread from scratch, Its sooo much better than this poor replica."

lindipally 85873
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Delicious! My entire family loved this bread. I added some chocolate chips and oatmeal to the batter. My picky little son couldn't get enough. This ones a keeper."

jesszoe2007 135531
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"I use basically this same recipe, but mine calls for 5 bananas & three eggs, along with a little cinnamon. It makes for a much more moist recipe, less cake like."

drewcarol1 130480
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"I used 1 cup pecans and baked it in a 9x13 pan. My family loves it and i make often"

MamaTurtleMiller 53619
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"This is such a great and easy recipe. It definitely makes a great base to play with. I made it today with walnuts instead of pecans. I added in two tablespoons of flaxseed mill, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and an extra banana. Then I baked it in a bundt pan instead of the two loaves. It turned out great. The flaxseed is so healthy for you and adds a nice nutty flavor. It also makes it a bit more brown and a little less yellow."

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