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. Touchรฉ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I donโ€™t even like banana bread and I loved it! And it was gorgeous.โ€

~ Cheryl
Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread ~
3.61 from 332 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.ย  This allows the entire loaf to cook through without the edges getting too dry.ย  Be sure your oven is calibrated correctly.ย  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.ย  I used a standard metal 9×5 pan.ย  If yours is smaller or larger, or made of glass, the baking time will vary.ย 
*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
    February 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I don’t have an extra large egg. Can I use 2 large eggs instead?

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      February 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Just use the one egg, Tina, it should be fine.

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    February 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Sounds wonderful and I was just thinking of making some tomorrow. Can I substitute butter for the oil? Never used a frosting, but I’m going to do this. Looks so easy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the recipe!

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      February 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      I think you can, Dianna, in the same amount. Let me know how it turns out.

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    February 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Can u substitute applesauce for the oil? If so, would the amount be the same?

    • Reply
      February 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

      I haven’t tried that, but I assume it would work, Cindy. If it were me, I’d cook down the applesauce to reduce the liquid before I measured it out.

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    January 31, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    great flavor and moist. For some reason the bread is crumbly. What did I do wrong? Thanks

    • Reply
      January 31, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      It’s hard to say, Deb. Was it possibly over cooked, or maybe your oven temp was a little high? I always mention that ovens can vary widely in temperature and I recommend using an oven thermometer. Hope this helps!

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    January 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Ooohh thiss looooks sooo good! But can i substitute the flour and baking powder for self raising flour?

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      January 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      That should work, Kaze ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 6, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Just perfect. I’d rather have this than a cellophane wrapped slice any day!

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      January 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Amen ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 4, 2017 at 9:31 am

    i have to believe that people who love that starbucks banana bread have never had homemade. it pales in comparison!

    • Reply
      January 4, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Amen ๐Ÿ™‚

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    January 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

    January baking really is different, isn’t it? You’re right about the joy-for-yourself thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, this looks terrific. I should indulge myself and make this! Happy New Year!

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    Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    January 4, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I love banana bread and yours look so delicious. The frosting puts it over the top.

    • Reply
      January 4, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Totally. Thanks Gerlinde ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    January 4, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Yes please to everything about this, not the least of which is that I don’t live anywhere near a Starbucks, so making their treats myself is my only option. So yes, I’ll be making this one ๐Ÿ™‚

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      January 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

      They used to have really wonderful baked stuff to go with their wonderful coffee, but as they’ve grown, the quality of the food has taken a nosedive…but anyway everything always tastes better when it comes out of your own oven.

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