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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


  • 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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Oct. 4, 2017

"This is an excellent banana bread. easy to assemble and delicious. Will definitely be making this again. I had about a half of cup of chocolate chips that I threw in as well. the hint of chocolate with the orange sauce was awesome."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2017

"The best banana nut bread ever! The only change that I made was the nuts. I put the whole cup in the batter but didn't put any on the top until I glazed the loaves and then I only sprinkled a few. Utterly delicious******"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2017

"Been using this recipe for over five years. Best ever! Started out following recipe then changed!! Have put in chocolate chips ,left out nuts, when did use nuts it was mostly pecans, and just lightly put sugar on bottom and sides. Not too many changes because it is great as is. I just made another copy of recipe."

Reviewed May. 4, 2017

"Made for teachers along with several other banana bread recipes and this was the first thing gone. Very delicious!"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2017

"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."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

"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!"

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."

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!"

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
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

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

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