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Special Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Special Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This extra-special banana bread makes a wonderful gift for friends and neighbors. The recipe makes two loaves, so I can serve one and keep the other one in the freezer so I have a last-minute gift on hand. —Beverly Sprague, Catonsville, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • ORANGE GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla.
  • 2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in 1 cup pecans.
  • 3. Transfer to two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 4. In a small bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 234 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Special Banana Nut Bread

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"delicious! it is moist, i love the orange glaze and the best is it makes 2 loaves!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Very tasty!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"I'm so glad I tried this bread. Absolutely delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"Got this going in the oven now. I have made this in the past and it doesn't last long around here, I use a bundt pan to cook it in and comes out great"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"My husband has been begging me to make banana bread. I found this one and I'm glad I did. I used 6 mini loaf pans and baked them for 35 minutes at 350. I made two without nuts for my 14 year old, two topped with pecans for my husband, and two topped with walnuts for myself. I didn't make the glaze because I didn't have any oranges. Thanks for the great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"This is THE BEST banana nut bread recipe! I have tried many in the past I will never use another one. It is delicious, doesn't crumble all over the place, the bananas cook evenly, and with or without the glaze (for those who don't care for things too sweet) it is just heavenly. Thank you Beverly Sprague for sharing your very fabulous recipe. I am getting ready to make another batch right now!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"Really liked this recipe.... made it exactly as Beverly wrote it!! YUM!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"great flavor...cakelike texture...not moist and dense"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"People request this from me all of the time! A great recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"This is an amazing recipe. Don't know what I liked more, the cream cheese or the Orange glaze. Yum!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Amazing banana bread. Although I do replace half the white sugar with brown sugar and I omit the nuts and orange glaze."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"Just an OK recipe to me. A rather heavy bread, not light like most of my quick bread recipes are. Also, way too many nuts for my taste. Will return to my "go to" banana nut recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"I just love this recipe. I don't ever make the glaze. It's so yummy, who needs it? My one change is that I use glazed pecans, like "pecan pie" glazed or honey glazed, that I chop rather than plain pecans."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"Took one loaf to work and it disappeared immediately and lots of compliments. This is definitely a keeper. The orange glaze really gives it something extra. This will be my banana bread recipe from now on!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"I made large and small muffins and how moist and flavorful they are, amazing. I cut back the sugar to one cup rather then two. Would have been way too sweet for me. Next time I am going to try 3/4 cup of sugar. It's just a matter of tasting the batter and if it needs more add it. I always under estimate the sugar and it usually works for me. If your having a party try the mini cup or the regular cup cake pans these will be the hit of the party. You can't go wrong with the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"This bread is wonderful. I wanted to try it out so I only made 1/2 recipe. Just a note, the full recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar. I halved the recipe and used about 1/2 cup of sugar. It is plenty sweet. Next time I will make two loaves. Thanks for the great recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"This is Great and requested lots by family members. I do not make the glaze when I make it, the bread does not need it! This bread is so moist! Only recipe I use!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"5 stars This IS the best banana bread! So moist and I have made it multiple times!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"I rated this bread 5 stars and I don't know why it went to 2 stars, Gayleen Smith. So sorry."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"I love this recipe. It is so moist and delicious. I've made several banana nut bread recipes over the years and this one is the very best. Thank you taste of home."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"I made this Banana Bread about a week ago as something to nice to give my neighbor and I kept one loaf for my family. All who tried it loved it, the bread didn't make it in my home past breakfast and my neighbor asked for the recipe. I have tried many recipes for banana bread and this is by far my favorite."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"This was one of the best Banana Nut Bread recipes I've baked. I used walnuts instead of pecans because that's what i had on hand. I also didn't do the glaze. It's so good you don't need it and I'd hate to cover up the yummy, moist taste. This is my new go to Banana Nut Bread recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"Found this recipe today and made it. It is very delicious and will be my banana nut bread recipe from now on.... Thank you!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"I made this for a potluck at work.. and out of all the things that I've made, this was the one that most people wanted the recipe to make themselves. In fact, one of my coworkers made it for her team's very next potluck! I'm making a batch right now so I can freeze it and give out for Christmas gifts. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"The best I've ever eaten. It replaces my recipe from 45 years ago. The orange juice and zest make this banana bread."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

"I've made this recipe twice now & it's one of my new favorites. It tastes best after it's sat for a day. I don't make the glaze. I do, however, add a cup of mini chocolate chips to the batter. I use walnuts instead of pecans."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"Amazing banana bread! The cream cheese adds richness but it is not a heavy bread at all. It doesnt have such a strong banana flavour as other breads. I didn't do the nut topping or the glaze and we just gobbled it up for breakfast this morning :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"I LOVED this recipe! I thank you for posting it to Taste of Home!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"I have made this recipe & it's GREAT!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"This has to be the BEST banana nut bread ever."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"This is the best banana bread that I've ever had, and I have tried many different varieties. Definitely a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"this receipe is is terrible, very heavy texture, and very sweet. would not recommend this to any one, it`s was a big waste to make. it make out heavier than a brick!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"Amazing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2012

"I have made this bread several times and it always turns out great. Everyone that has tasted it has wanted the recipe. The only thing I change is I wait ten minutes before I put on the glaze. Otherwise the top of the bread turns soggy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"With the addition of cream cheese to the batter this makes this bread extra moist, extra tasty and extra special!! Took it to work and had to give the recipe!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"Wonderful recipe! We enjoy it very much. Does not last long. It makes 2 loaves & freezes well. It is light, some banana breads I think are to heavy. DELICIOUS!!! I have made the recipe several times. One of our favorites."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"This was very moist and it was easy to make with ingredients I had on hand. Making two loaves was another plus!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"Absolutely the best! Love that it makes 2 loaves. I always keep one for my family and give one away. Haven't found anyone that doesn't love this!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"OMG!!! My sister made this recipe during the Thanksgiving holiday and it was the best banana bread I've ever eaten, and believe me, I've eaten a lot. I have already made it and shared with my neighbor--but now wish I'd kept it for us. Yum,Yum, Yum!

Verne......"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Works fine with whole wheat flour. If you're crazy about pecans, use the 2 cups, or you could get by fine with 1 and not sprinkle them on top.

~ Theresa"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"Very, very good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"This is my favorite banana bread recipe. The cream cheese in the batter really gives it a good flavor, and the toasted pecans with the orange glaze on top makes it taste SO good! I love this bread."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"loved this!!!! I only had a 1/2 pkg of cream cheese, so I made up the rest with banana yogurt. I also added marchino cherries and dried apricots. I like lots of fruit... Nice and moist"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I have made this and it is better then the one I have been using for years!!! Extremely moist. I didn't use the orange glaze but instead used a nut blend. Yummy!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"Baked this for the first time today. Rather than loaves, I baked it as cup cakes made 27 regular size. Although the batter is stiffer than a normal cake mix, I simply spooned it into paper liners. Baked them for 25 minutes in a 325 degree oven (but I also kept a close eye on them & tested then with a toothpick @ 20 minutes.) I plan to ice them with a bit of caramel cream cheese icing since they are for a party . . . but they are great just out of the oven! My taste-tester (hubby) says this is a definite keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"I used 1 cup of chocolate chips & shaved cocnut instead of nuts. and it is super good!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"This was delicious banana bread! I will replace my tried and true banana bread recipe of 32 years with this! YUM! YUM! YUM! (I used reduced fat cream cheese because I had it on hand)."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"This is my favorite"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"This recipe is amazing beyond speech! I made two batches, one with just-ripened bananas and one with overripe bananas. The one with the overripe bananas came out tasting better, so this is how I will make it in the future. The best thing about this bread? The next day! The taste of this at "day old" is spectacular! Like eating banana bread and bread pudding in one. Make this y'all!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"It's just amazing...make it!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"This was a great recipe. It made 2 large loaves that my friends said were the best they had ever had!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"This was amazing! I made it to send to my husband who is currently deployed. As soon as he gets it I will post about how it did with going through the mail. I was shocked that there wasn't any cinnamon but it doesn't really need it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"We make this banana bread all the time. It is by far our favorite. We use less pecans though because I don't care for them (maybe 1/4 cup total?) and we haven't actually tried it with the glaze yet."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"I made this for my family the other day and they are still raving about it, so today i made two more loaves and they turned out even better than the first two I made...my daughter who doesn't like banana bread loved it too and has ask me for the recipe...this will always be my go to for banana bread!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Not a typical quickbread, very bland."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"Oh my goodness....melt in your mouth, can't get enough, would give my right arm for! I will never use another banana bread recipe. Thank you for sharing this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"Great Banana Nut Bread Recipe. I have been baking this since I read the recipe in my October/November 2007 issue to Taste of Home. I always make it for Thanksgiving morning. It's the best! Thank you for the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I made this for a little "bake-off" with girls from work....it's the Best banana bread I've ever made...and I bake A LOT! Just MAKE THIS one....you'll never look for a banana bread recipe again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"We used walnuts instead of pecans. A little more traditional but still absoutly fantastic! Both loaves were gone with 2 days!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"I made it for the first time yesterday and it impressed my husband. He said this is probably the best banana nut bread he's ever had."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"Wonderful bread...it replaced my all time favorite recipe. I'll never try another!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"YesThanks,the recipe sure sounds great.
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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"Excellent taste. It has become a family favorite. We don't like nuts and it tastes wonderful without them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"Wow - who'd have ever thought banana bread could be this good. It deserves the blue ribbon. The orange glaze flavor puts it over the top for me."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"very moist,very good,i will be making again my family loved it!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"OH yes, my friend Marina Castle told me about this one, i made a double batch. Awesome! I did add grated fresh nutmeg and cinnamon, and substituted brown sugar for part of the white. PERFECT! I am giving some out to the neighbors :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"I thought this recipe was the best banana nut bread I have ever had. I hosted Mothers Day (2010) and everyone loved it. Thank you very much.

Gloria Pecz"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"Excellent!!!!! Made one with the glaze and one with out, both were good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"This is a great recipe...it's easy and very tasty. My whole family loves it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"This is my favorite banana bread recipe. The cream cheese adds such a delicious flavor and richness to the bread. And I dearly love the pecans and orange glaze on top. It's very delicious bread."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"My nieces love this recipe. I have made it several times, with and without pecans and it's divine!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"Best Banana Bread I've ever had!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"I might try this again. It tastes very good but did not come out of the pan after the 10 minute wait. The top broke off and the rest was stuck. They were 8 x 4 non-stick pans that I greased - never had this happen before and I make many different banana breads. Any suggestions would be appreciated - it is a VERY good tasting bread. Should it have been 3 pans? The batter filled up 2 pans. Thanks"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"I LOVE this banana bread recipe! The best thing is that it makes 2 loaves! I make breads for our coffee break on Sunday and this recipe is among them! I've received compliments on this bread! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This gets rave reviews from my co-workers. The pecans on top & the cream cheese really make this!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"I just pulled this out of the oven and haven't tasted it yet. Used the correct sized pans but the loaves wouldn't bake--it took about an hour and a half and then the tops burned--they looked too full as I was filling the pans up. Should I have used 3 pans?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"Okay, here's the thing...I made this and ate a piece right after it had cooled and I thought "what are these people talking about, that this is the best banana bread ever?" BUT, then I stored it in my fridge and tried a piece the next day and wow, I was hooked and so was my nephew who comes to my house before school (he probably finished off a loaf by himself!) I do not eat nuts so I left them out and it was so amazing! Thank you SO much for submitting this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"Hands down, best. banana. bread. ever. Throwing away all the others that I've used in the past."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"The best one. Love all the nuts and the orange glaze. I added an extra 1/2 c. banana. Just fantastic."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"Everyone who tries this banana bread absolutely LOVES it. It is the most flavorful, incredible dessert. I won't make any other kind. One taste of this and you will be hooked!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"This recipe rocks!! It comes out so moist and delicious and packs a one of a kind flavor!! I have made this many times and will not modify!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"This is my favorite banana bread recipe. It turned out really great, I made 12 muffins and one loaf of bread. It was perfect the muffins were better than the bread because of the cooking time I think. I did add cinnamon sugar mix to the batter and sprinkled it on top with the pecans, I reduced the pecans by 1/2 cup though. And it was fabulous!!! For the glaze I just added milk instead of the orange juice to the glaze."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"This is the best banana nut bread I have ever made. I had rave reviews from work and all wanted the recipe, which I printed for them. I only used three bananas and wow!! Thank you Taste of Home!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"This is wonderful! On the cooling racks now, and we can't wait!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"This is the best banana bread that I have ever made. It gets lots of compliments wherever I take it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"I have tried many Banana Bread receipes, but this is the best tasting one yet. Delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"I couldn't wait for these loaves to come out of the oven to taste after all the reviews, and I wasn't dissappointed one bit. The texture and taste is wonderful. It will take first place in Banana Bread recipe in my household for sure."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"I only wish that it wasn't so full of fat and calories--is there any way you can do a recipe make-over on this one? I LOVE it but can't enjoy as often as I'd like due to the high calorie/fat content."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2009

"I looked for a good banana bread recipe for years!! My search is complete now that I've found this recipe!! It is so delicious. I've never tasted banana bread so good before! And I'm the one making it! :) Thanks Taste of Home!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2009 Edited Mar. 6, 2010

"This is the most AMAZING banana bread that I've ever made! It's getting close to the holidays and I'm already getting requests to make it. The orange glaze is a great compliment."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"Made this recipe this past weekend and cannot believe how delicious it is. In the 13 years I've been married, my husband has never eaten banana bread. However, when I had him try this, he was shocked at how good it was. Everytime I turn around, he's getting another slice. The kids absolutely love it and I swear it's the best thing I've made in years. Throwing away the other banana bread recipes because none of them compare. We leave out the nuts, but it doesn't take away from the end result. The texture and the glaze truly make this banana bread unforgettable."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2009

"AWESOME!!!! Don't even bother trying to find a banana bread recipe better than this one! Won't happen. This is even better than mom's! (Don't tell her THAT though!)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 31, 2009

"This recipe is a sure winner! I've used it over and over again. Always turns out moist and delicious! My family loves it. I always have to bake a loaf for my brother's family to take back home with them.(I use walnuts instead of pecans.) I finally found the perfect banana nut bread recipe. yeah!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 11, 2009

"I made this for our church Mothers Day Dinner. I did it in 4 small pans and 9 muffin tops. The all turned out fantastic. Very moist and didn't dry out even 2 days later. Will make it again for our bake sale..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 8, 2009

"Do you possibly have the calories and fat info for the Special Banana Nut Bread? I am trying to cut fat and calories for my family. Thanks, Brenda of Lake Ozark, MO"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2009

"THIS IS THE BEST BANANA BREAD I HAVE EVER HAD. I WILL BE ADDING IT TO MY FAVIORTS. THANK-YOU JILL FROM FLORIDA"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"This is one of the best banana breads ever. The one loaf was eaten in a day and I froze the other which we had for Thanksgiving morning and it received rave reviews from guests. Thanks for the great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

"MY FAMILY AND I LOVE THIS BANANA BREAD. THE ONLY THING WE DO IS PUTTING LESS GLAZE.IF YOU LIKE SWEETNESS THAN ADD ON THE GLAZE.AWSOME!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2008

"This is the best banana bread i have ever tasted my husband wants me to bake it all the time and so do my friends and family. I take it to gatherings and give it away as gifts. we moved and i lost the recipe THANK GOODNESS for Taste of Home being on line...

cutie50"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2008 Edited Aug. 7, 2009

"This is the only banana bread I make. I lost the recipe and my husband panicked... he is addicted to this bread!! This is the best bread I have ever made. Delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2008

"This is the most delicious banana nut bread recipe. It is so moist. I used mini loaf pans so I could give as gifts. I have no doubt this bread will be thoroughly enjoyed."

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