Special Banana Nut Bread Recipe
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large 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
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream 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. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in 1 cup pecans.
- 2. Transfer to two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake loaves, covering with foil if they darken too rapidly, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 1-1-1/4 hours. Cool 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.
- 3. While loaves are still slightly warm, whisk glaze ingredients. Drizzle over loaves, using a baking pan or parchment paper under racks to catch excess. Cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
1 slice: 234 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Reviews for Special Banana Nut Bread
"Very moist and delicious. Will definitely make again, but would pierce the crust prior to putting on the glaze so it get down into the bread."
"This is very good. I left off the glaze, used walnuts instead of pecans and reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 c. Very moist and more dense which we liked. Will definitely be a regular treat!"
"This is delicious. It is the best banana bread recipe I have found.The orange glaze on top makes it really special."
"Loved this with the touch of orange, made it different than the basic banana nut breads. I also read the recipe wrong and put all of the pecans into the batter and had to add more to the top. Not a problem for me!"
"I've made Banana bread for years, and this is the best I've ever tasted. My friends LOVED it also."
"She was probably baking and texting and missed a task!!"
"I didn't think this recipe was great or outstanding. It wasn't real moist. Maybe I needed to put another banana. Just okay."
"I don't know what that woman did but I have been making this for years,. So Yummy! and it is gone in about 6 hours, thank goodness it makes a second loaf. Freezes great too! My husband and 2 teenage boys beg me to make this one a regular basis, if they would stop eating the bananas! I do not use the glaze."
"OUTSTANDING!! ***** I made the Special Banana Nut bread and didn't change or modify anything about it. The recipe made two full loaves. We ate one; gave the other away. It was moist, flavorful, and didn't disappoint. My sister-in-law (the recipient of the giveaway) has many banana bread recipes but a few days later she said it was the best banana bread she's ever eaten and said she's throwing out all her other recipes. The orange juice glaze gave it a great punch. Thank you for this recipe! This one's a keeper!! *****"
"I was really disappointed. After reading many of the reviews I decided to make this recipe. It is the worst banana nut bread recipe I've made. I really have no idea how it was a contest winning recipe. :("
"Never turning back! Best. Banana. bread. Ever."
"This is an excellent recipe. The only modifications that I made were: I used 1 cup of sugar (instead of 2 cups), I used five very ripe bananas (instead of about 4), I used 1 cup of walnuts (instead of 2 cups of pecans). I also waited a good 10-15 minutes for the loaves to cool down before putting the glaze over them, as some reviewers have mentioned it made a huge difference. I am planning on bringing one loaf to work on Monday. Let's spread the joy! :-) Delicious!"
"I have made this recipe quite a few times and every time I make it, my girls curse me a plenty, all the while gobble gobble chunk by chunk! It is a fabulous recipe. I usually bake it in four small bread pans rather than the two larger ones.My only change to this recipe is to pan roast the pecans up front.*FULL DISCLOSURE*I usually eat one of the small loaves by myself before it has time to cool! Then I take my insulin..."
"delicious! it is moist, i love the orange glaze and the best is it makes 2 loaves!"
"I'm so glad I tried this bread. Absolutely delicious!"
"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 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!"
"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!"
"Really liked this recipe.... made it exactly as Beverly wrote it!! YUM!"
"great flavor...cakelike texture...not moist and dense"
"People request this from me all of the time! A great recipe."
"This is an amazing recipe. Don't know what I liked more, the cream cheese or the Orange glaze. Yum!"
"Amazing banana bread. Although I do replace half the white sugar with brown sugar and I omit the nuts and orange glaze."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"5 stars This IS the best banana bread! So moist and I have made it multiple times!"
"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."
"Found this recipe today and made it. It is very delicious and will be my banana nut bread recipe from now on.... Thank you!"
"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. :)"
"The best I've ever eaten. It replaces my recipe from 45 years ago. The orange juice and zest make this banana bread."
"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."
"I LOVED this recipe! I thank you for posting it to Taste of Home!"
"I have made this recipe & it's GREAT!"
"This has to be the BEST banana nut bread ever."
"This is the best banana bread that I've ever had, and I have tried many different varieties. Definitely a keeper!"
"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!"
"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!!"
"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."
"This was very moist and it was easy to make with ingredients I had on hand. Making two loaves was another plus!"
"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!"
"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"
"Very, very good!"
"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"
"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!!!"
"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!"
"I used 1 cup of chocolate chips & shaved cocnut instead of nuts. and it is super good!!"
"This is my favorite"
"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!"
"It's just amazing...make it!!!"
"This was a great recipe. It made 2 large loaves that my friends said were the best they had ever had!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"We used walnuts instead of pecans. A little more traditional but still absoutly fantastic! Both loaves were gone with 2 days!"
"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."
"Wonderful bread...it replaced my all time favorite recipe. I'll never try another!"
"Thanks,the recipe sure sounds great.
"Excellent taste. It has become a family favorite. We don't like nuts and it tastes wonderful without them."
"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."
"very moist,very good,i will be making again my family loved it!!!"
"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 :)"
"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"
"Excellent!!!!! Made one with the glaze and one with out, both were good!"
"This is a great recipe...it's easy and very tasty. My whole family loves it."
"My nieces love this recipe. I have made it several times, with and without pecans and it's divine!"
"Best Banana bread I've ever had!"
"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"
"This gets rave reviews from my co-workers. The pecans on top & the cream cheese really make this!"
"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?"
"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!"
"Hands down, best. banana. bread. ever. Throwing away all the others that I've used in the past."
"The best one. Love all the nuts and the orange glaze. I added an extra 1/2 c. banana. Just fantastic."
"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!!"
"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."
"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!"
"This is wonderful! On the cooling racks now, and we can't wait!"
"This is the best banana bread that I have ever made. It gets lots of compliments wherever I take it!"
"I have tried many Banana bread receipes, but this is the best tasting one yet. Delicious!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!)"
"THIS IS THE BEST BANANA bread I HAVE EVER HAD. I WILL BE ADDING IT TO MY FAVIORTS. THANK-YOU JILL FROM FLORIDA"
"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 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!!!!"