Special Banana Nut Bread Recipe
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Special Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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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
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 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
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 234 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  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).
Originally published as Special Banana Nut Bread in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p27

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_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 263332
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2017

"This is delicious. It is the best banana bread recipe I have found.

The orange glaze on top makes it really special."

rjbeery75 User ID: 2114826 260313
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"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!"

Joyce User ID: 8985962 258159
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2016

"I've made Banana bread for years, and this is the best I've ever tasted. My friends LOVED it also."

Rita Casarez User ID: 8925350 255697
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"She was probably baking and texting and missed a task!!"

manga User ID: 4211076 255391
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2016

"I didn't think this recipe was great or outstanding. It wasn't real moist. Maybe I needed to put another banana. Just okay."

kls0916 User ID: 4387053 247341
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2016

"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."

Suzanne444 User ID: 4834482 246921
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"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!! *****"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6843660 246228
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"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. :("

JMGuiney User ID: 5780067 245437
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"Never turning back! Best. Banana. bread. Ever."

bizcheex User ID: 8175392 244582
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"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!"

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