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Special Banana Nut Bread

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 to use as a last-minute gift. —Beverly Sprague, Catonsville, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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 zest


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 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.
  • Transfer to 2 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake loaves, covering with foil if they darken too rapidly, until a toothpick inserted in each center comes out clean, 1-1-1/4 hours. Cool 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  • While loaves are still slightly warm, whisk glaze ingredients. Drizzle over loaves, using a baking pan or parchment under racks to catch excess. Cool completely.
Nutrition 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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  • wendy
    Dec 27, 2020

    Never made Banana nut bread with a glaze. My husband like it better, so I'll be making this one again. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Celia
    Jul 29, 2020

    I’ve been making this recipe for 8 plus years! It’s great and always turns out great.

  • hoytk23
    Jul 14, 2020

    Best banana nut bread ever!

  • denisesigler
    May 6, 2020

    I just left a very positive comment on the bread and wanted to add this note. Check the bread after about 30 minutes to see if it's getting too brown. I checked it after 45 minutes and that was just a bit too long.

  • dcscake_OH
    Apr 28, 2020

    This is a very good banana bread, I did not change anything, except did not use any frosting or sauce. Loved it

  • ckbray
    Apr 19, 2020

    The banana bread was good. Three of us finished the two loaves in 4 days. I will try the recipe on this site that uses pineapple and compare.

  • Cole
    Mar 24, 2020

    I substituted 1 cup of light brown sugar for 1 cup of white sugar. I also toasted the pecans before chopping and adding to the batter. I did not use the glaze. This is a very moist and dense cake. Very very happy with this recipe.

  • shawnba
    Jan 30, 2020

    This banana bread is easily the best I’ve ever had. The glaze adds sweetness and texture. I think this will become my go-to recipe. VFE

    Jan 25, 2020

    I’ve made this bread numerous times now and it “IS” THE BEST Banana Bread I’ve EVA EATEN!!! I haven’t even made w/sauce yet, and it’s STILL “THE BEST”.

  • Amanda
    Dec 13, 2019

    Just finished making this for the first time and it is perfect. By far the best banana bread I’ve eaten, and the glaze makes it all that much better. Definitely replacing my old banana bread recipe with this one!