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Banana Pecan Loaf Recipe

Banana Pecan Loaf Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min + cooling YIELD: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


  • 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 in 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).

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.

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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."

[email protected] 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."

[email protected] 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!"

ronalbabic User ID: 7515054 138288
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"Been making banana bread for over 40 years always good to find new versions of this recipe"

tinabush User ID: 7207744 121518
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"My family loves this and I have made it several times to take to work. I have been asked many times for the recipe. As many have stated it is good without the pineapple cream cheese spread, but I absolutely love the way the banana bread tastes with the spread. Thanks for sharing an excellent recipe."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 198235
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"I've used this recipe time and again! I did omit the nuts and used semi-sweet chocolate chips. I also used 1/2 brown & 1/2 white sugar! I used 1 tsp. each of baking powder, baking soda, salt & 1 tsp.

vanilla extract & t enhance the flavor, I added 1 Tbsp. of ground Navel orange.
I purposely didn't prepare the cream cheese spread! I use two greased and floured 8-1/2x4-1/2x2-1/2"loaf pans, greased and floured & divided batter evenly among the 2 loaf pans. I did bake 50 to 60 minutes and added 1/8 cup all-purpose flour to mix in with the chocolate chips! This banana bread recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you, LeeAnn Miller! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 198234
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"The chocolate chip cookie recipe with this revolutionized chocolate chip cookies for me, but I can't say this did the same. It was ok, but I think there are better banana bread recipes out there."

MissDaisy65 User ID: 6405574 121517
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"Definitely make this again. It was a huge hit with my family. It was moist and very flavorful."

jsbill98 User ID: 6159895 197080
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I use this recipe all the time! I made a few changes: I use margarine(1/2 c.), I added : 1 tsp. vanilla ext., I use 1 c. all-purpose flour and 1 c. whole-wheat flour and I omit the pecans because I am allergic! It turns out really moist and yummy! I also do not make the pineapple spread - it is so good plain!! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!!"

pack1966 User ID: 1417361 198233
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"An excellent banana bread recipe. I don't make the frosting because the b-bread is moist and yummy without it. Today, I substituted 1/2 c. wheat flour for 1/2 c. of the white. It's in the oven, but batter was yummy good w/ that little dab of wheat flour, :o)."

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 183776
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"I thought the bread was very good."

mwebb20533 User ID: 2987542 197077
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I'm always trying to improve on recipes that I have and use regularly. I tried this recipe but feel the Banana Nut Muffins/bread recipe I have from the ToH ultimate cookbook is the best. To me this bread was just, ok..."

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