The banana bread that will make everyone ask for more. Ginger spice is the secret to this tasty and perfectly soft and moist banana nut bread.
I don’t know about you, but there isn’t anything that warm, freshly-baked banana bread can’t cure.
When I bake breads I always incorporate these magic spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. They remind me of my grandmother’s baked goods and their taste always warms my heart.
But my biggest secret? A dash of ginger.
I’m not sure what it is about ginger, but it elevates all of the other elements in baked goods. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice come alive when you add a few sprinkles of ginger.
I baked this as a treat for my husband when he returned from a business trip. The smile on his face after an 18 hour day and two flights home was worth the little trouble it took to whip this loaf up.
The result? Moist, flavorful and filling banana nut (spice) bread that’s good enough for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My husband likes to put a pat of softened butter on top.
This banana bread recipe tastes perfectly fine on its own. But you can add butter if you’d like.
Before I cut dairy from my diet, I would enjoy a slice of warmed banana bread with a tall glass of whole milk. I miss those days. But dairy lovers, rejoice. This recipe isn’t dairy-free. It has remained unchanged over the years.
I may have to create a dairy-free version of this recipe to satisfy my sweet tooth (and to get that soul food feeling in my belly). I have replaced the butter in the recipe with melted ghee, and the taste remained unchanged.
You don’t like walnuts, you say? That’s okay. You don’t need to add walnuts. Banana bread is pretty easy and versatile. It’s also very forgiving. You can swap out the walnuts with pecans.
Want to add cocoa powder? Go ahead and measure that with your soul. Like more sweetness and want to add honey? Banana bread doesn’t judge. Promise. Just be sure you save enough for breakfast (or a midnight snack).
Go ahead. Try a slice (or ten). I wholeheartedly support you. I promise this recipe will deliver. It’s been a family favorite for years.
Tell me: what’s your favorite banana bread topping?
Dara @ The Southern Thing says
Oh girl you are going to get me in trouble with this! I love me some banana nut bread :) Thanks for sharing!
I won’t judge ;)
Yummm! I love banana bread!
Thanks Michelle! It’s very tasty!
CeCe @Pink Sunshine says
I don’t even eat banana’s but I love me some Banana Nut bread. It took me a while to try because of the whole not eating banana’s thing and I was really missing out. This looks delish!
It’s yummy! It took me a while to try zucchini bread because it just sounded awful. Now it’s my favorite!
Must. Make. ASAP. This looks so yummy, and I’m sure I could easily eat a whole loaf in one sitting.
Loris Ayoub says
I wanna try it! Pin it
This looks so good! I love banana nut bread! Thanks for sharing!!
Jasmine Maria says
Oh this looks so good. I’ve been dying to make banana bread!!! I’ve made it before and I just got hooked.
Oh my word, this looks amazingly delicious! I definitely want to try this soon! xo
Noor Unnahar says
I love banane bread . Totally yum!
Cayla De Tar says
I find that I like making this recipe in muffin form the best because the outside is my favorite part and then I get more of the outside! yum yum yum who does not love a good Banana bread
I just posted a chocolate chip banana bread recipe, but your recipe and post looks a lot better! I especially love the photos of the sliced bread with the glass of milk! :)
Carla @ Love Cartista
I LOVE Banana bread! I will definitely try out this recipe asap! :)
Amberly Lambertsen says
I will be making this tomorrow! I have some ripe bananas and wanted to try a new recipe! Thanks for sharing :)
No sugar in the banana nut bread? I once forgot to add sugar to a cookie recipe because it had brown sugar and the batch was ruined. Are you sure about no sugar?
How embarrassing. It’s most definitely a typo. Thanks for asking!!
So do I need to add sugar in addition to the brown sugar. Also, do you know the nutrition information? I have to watch my fathers sodium so it’s a necessity when I bake for him.
You need one cup of sugar, but I like brown sugar so I split it. You can do one cup of white sugar instead. And, there’s only 1/2 teaspoon of salt per the whole loaf. Hope that helps.
this is very g8 but how can i add preservative or how long can it last…..and the condition to keep in case i do larger than we all can finished once
I don’t see any added liquid in this recipe. Is that how you make it? I usually add buttermilk. and baking soda. : )
Was so excited to try this, then got halfway through and was wondering when to add the butter? Couldn’t cut it in after the sugar was added to wet ingredients. Very disappointed butter was not in the directions.
I consider butter to be a wet ingredient, and I always add it in after either melting it all the way, or using a hand mixer to room temperature butter.
janice ciravola says
When using a dark pan you have to lower the heat to 325.
Oh my goodness! The GINGER is a perfect touch! Banana bread hasn’t really been one of my favorites but the ginger added a spectacular finish to the flavors. I’m going to make another one right now! Thanks for sharing!
How many loaves does that one recipie make ?
My picky husband pronounced this “the best.” The secret to the moistness is the honey, and the spices are perfect. This one is pinned to the side of my fridge.
Thank you so much! And yes, my grandmother taught me the secret to moistness in baked goods in honey! So glad your picky eater enjoys it!
Best Banana Nut bread ever. It’s my go to recipe anytime I have over ripe banana’s. One word describes it: DELICIOUS
I’m happy to hear you love it!
Rachel Zack says
My Grandmother’s trick was to add 1 tsp. Lemon extract to the liquids. Very good!
This recipe is a family favourite. I recently used this recipe to make what our little grandson calls “Banana Bread Bites”. I make them in mini cupcake trays and bake them for 16 minutes. He loves the size to pop in his mouth, he says they are fun.
Came across this recipe and tried it on Friday. OMG!!!! Freaking amazing. This is the first time i’ve ever baked. Today is Sunday and my husband ate it all. He still doesn’t believe I baked it myself, but I’ve got pictures :) It’s so moisture, nutty and rich in flavor. It’s not sweet.. I’m baking it again next weekend. Thank you.
Yay! So glad you loved it!
Jo Kisiah says
Best banana nut bread I’ve ever eaten. Your choice of spices are dead on the money! I make several batches & give them away to visiting guest…they always call later for your recipe.
Maria Brooks says
These were amazing! I stayed true to your recipe on the 1st batch and loved them! Added chocolate chips to the 2nd half which was excellent, I love chocolate. Cool beans, girlfriend, you are on point! Hubby had a special breakfast option worth repeating! Thanks a bunch!
Fabulous recipe for banana bread, the spices are just right! Thanks for sharing!
Can I have the measurement converted to Grams?
Can i have the measurements converted to grams? Thanks
Amazing recipe! This is a keeper! Thanks for sharing😋