My family asks me to make this whole wheat banana nut bread every year for Thanksgiving. It’s a light, cake-like bread with a great banana flavor… it is very easy and quick to make because all the mixing can be done by hand.

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (room temperature and slightly beaten)
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Melt the butter or margarine until just melted (don’t overheat). Stir in sugar, bananas, and eggs, and mix until smooth. Combine flours, salt, and baking soda and stir into banana/sugar mixture. Stir in the nuts.

Bake in a loaf pan at 325°F until a toothpick or metal skewer inserted into the bread comes out clean and dry. (Baking time is one hour plus.)

I found this recipe in one of Bernard Clayton’s books. He says that this bread tastes best when it has been allowed to “age” for at least half a day… we think it tastes great freshly-made, too. It also freezes well.

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Charlie D

Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been looking all over for a good banana nut bread recipe and this one looks like it fits the bill perfectly. I also took a look at some of your other posts and I can see that I’ll be coming back here for a long time. Thanks for the great work!

Sara H.

I came here through a link from another blog from someone who is going to make your bread for Thanksgiving. I’m so glad I saw that link. I spent hours yesterday here and there is still so much more to read.


I made this bread as a trial run for our Thanksgiving family feast and it was *fantastic*! I can’t thank you enough.


My family usually doesn’t like bread made with whole wheat flour but they sure did like this one. Thank-you for all the work you do in writing this blog. I am a very loyal fan.