Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread

Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread ~

Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread (with cream cheese frosting!) is a new fall ritual. Imagine no waiting in line…no worry about getting the mangy looking slice at the back of the case…no sad face after taking your last bite ~ because you’ve got the whole dang loaf sitting right in your kitchen!

Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ this moist and tender quick bread beats the coffee shop version by a mile! ~

Starbucks banana bread is good…mine is fabulous!

That first pumpkin spice latte of the season is totally worth standing in line for, it’s part of the whole change of seasons ritual for me. But after that, I roll up my sleeves, tie on my apron, and get down to it in my own kitchen. Instead of spending my hard earned money at Starbucks, I like to make my own. This better than Starbucks banana walnut bread is better because it’s fresher, chunkier, and it’s got a thick layer of tangy cream cheese frosting. Touché Starbucks!

Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread ~

what you’ll need

  • banana
  • walnuts
  • flour
  • sugar ~ both granulated and confectioner’s
  • egg
  • vegetable oil
  • cream cheese
  • milk
  • baking powder, baking soda, salt
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
Quick Banana Walnut Bread just out of the oven

The nice thing about this particular bread is that, in addition to being tender and moist, it’s got a chunky texture from lots of walnuts and banana. I don’t mash the banana to a pulp, I leave small bits in there. If you’re a super banana freak you could even take an extra banana and chop it into small pieces and add them as well.

I like to slice it in satisfyingly fat coffee shop style slices, too, that makes it feel extra luxurious.

Better Than Starbucks Banana Walnut Loaf, sliced

what makes this banana loaf better than Starbucks?

Well, the thick layer of vanilla scented cream cheese frosting, for one! That takes a good banana bread to the next level. I spread it on nice and thick so I can get a bit of frosting in every bite.

making the frosting for a Better Than Starbucks Banana Walnut Cake

we love to bake with bananas!

A quick search for ‘banana‘ on tvfgi brings up lots of other options if you’re craving mashed banana ~ how about my Bourbon Banana Butter, or my super popular Banana Blondies? My Banana Cake with Spiced Vanilla Buttercream is a personal favorite. And if you’ve only got one lonely banana available, definitely make my One Banana Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips.

“I made this, and it was fantastic 🙂 I don’t even like banana bread and I loved it! And it was gorgeous.”

~ Cheryl
Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread ~
3.6 from 330 votes

Better than Starbucks Chunky Banana Walnut Bread

Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread (with cream cheese frosting!) A quick banana loaf cake with tons of flavor.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Calories 324kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • standar loaf pan


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil I used safflower
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roughly mashed banana
  • 2/3 cups chopped walnuts plus more for garnish


  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 heaping cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • milk or cream to thin


  • set oven to 325F. Spray and line a standard 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper with long ends. This is so you can lift it out easily for slicing.
  • Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer.
  • Beat in the egg, oil, and vanilla.
  • Fold in the banana and nuts, and make sure everything is well combined. Turn into the pan and even out the batter. Bake for about an hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it. (Moist crumbs are fine.) Let the bread cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then remove to a rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • Blend the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with enough milk or cream to make a spreadable frosting. Spread over the top of the cooled bread, Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

Cook’s notes

  • This bread bakes at 325F.  This allows the entire loaf to cook through without the edges getting too dry.  Be sure your oven is calibrated correctly.  I use an inexpensive oven thermometer which I leave in the oven at all time, and always check before putting anything in to bake.
  • Loaf pans can vary in size.  I used a standard metal 9×5 pan.  If yours is smaller or larger, or made of glass, the baking time will vary. 
*I adapted this Banana Walnut Bread from Belly Full’s A to Z Quick Bread recipe.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


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  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    January 4, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Oh my goodness, I’m so wishing I could have just one of those thick, gorgeous slices. This looks infinitely better than Starbucks!

  • Reply
    January 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    I’m inspired to pull out my loaf pan. GREG

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    January 3, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I love this loaf and that cream cheese frosting is perfection. Move over, Starbux! 😉

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    January 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I’m loving that creamy frosting on there. Looks way better than SB! Happy New Year Sue!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Haha, the last banana bread I got from SB was in a lame shrink wrap ~ it was awful, and inspired today’s recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    January 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I was so excited to see this in my inbox! Can’t wait to try it out. You are so right about January baking.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    January 3, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Love to try different banana bread recipes…this one sounds and looks really super with that cream cheese frosting!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

      It’s amazing how different they can be, depending on whether you use oil or butter, what flour or sugar you use, etc. So many to try!

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    Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess
    January 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Looks super amazing!! 🙂 Can’t wait to try it now!

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    January 3, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Personally I think no one can have too many banana bread recipes. It is a contradiction in terms…

    I am staring at three super ripe bananas on the counter… I am tempted.


    Happy New Year!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Happy New Year Sally ~ and absolutely, you can never have too many banana bread recipes…even when I find one I love, I’m always on the prowl for the next great find!

  • Reply
    January 3, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Sue, this looks GREAT! I made some yesterday, my first in a long while, from a recipe I found that called for 4 cups of flour, 3 eggs, no vanilla, no cinnamon ….what I got wasn’t bad but it didn’t even LOOK like banana nut bread! Your recipe is definitely more of what I was shooting for and I am going to try it. Beautiful results!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Rust ~ I am definitely of the ‘more is better’ mindset when it comes to developing recipes, I really want my recipes to reflect the flavors in a big way ~ hope you try this one!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    January 3, 2017 at 8:14 am

    What a wonderful loaf cake! Love all those walnuts and the banana too. The icing looks amazing. You’re making me want to start baking again. You are the queen of loaf cakes!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Tricia, I always turn to cozy baking like in January <3

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