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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    August 3, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    5 stars
    Look no further, best banana nut bread ever!

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    July 25, 2020 at 9:59 am

    5 stars
    This is the best banana bread recipe I try. Thank you and God bless you for sharing.?

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    Adele Roberts
    July 7, 2020 at 8:28 am

    can I double this recipe?

    • Reply
      July 7, 2020 at 8:29 am

      That should be fine Adele.

  • Reply
    June 27, 2020 at 9:59 am

    5 stars
    This is the best banana nut bread ever. I’ve been baking for 60 years and all the recipes were dry. This is moist and delicious. I did us e pecans instead of walnuts.

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    June 15, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Hello! If I don’t use any nuts, should anything be adjusted in the recipe?

    • Reply
      June 16, 2020 at 3:47 am

      No, you’re good to go 🙂

  • Reply
    June 12, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    I’m going to make this today using mini pans! I will let you know how it turns out!

    • Reply
      June 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks, they’d make great gifts.

      • Reply
        June 27, 2020 at 4:32 pm

        5 stars
        They turned out delicious! Still took about 50 min. to bake. Gave them as gifts.

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    June 3, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    If i double this recipe, how long should it need to be baked? Somehow I seem to have a very huge 9×5 loaf pan and doubling the batch actually fit … so hoping the 325 F is still okay, but not sure how long to bake it.

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      June 3, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Do you mean in one pan, Julie? Remember you should only fill your pan 2/3 full, so if it’s higher than that it won’t be able to bake evenly.

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    April 28, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    5 stars
    Just made your banana nut bread. I added some extra spices (ginger & cardamom). It turned out so delicious, moist & nutty. I also added a simple citrus glaze. Can’t wait to have for breakfast w/some hot coffee.

  • Reply
    April 20, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    5 stars
    I made this Banana nut bread
    And all my family loved it
    It’s now one of my favorites

  • Reply
    April 20, 2020 at 8:05 am

    5 stars
    The is one of the best banana breads I have made! I used butter instead of oil . I find that using oil makes the bread too greasy. I also added blueberries which was awesome, and I also made another with walnuts and dates it was amazing. This is such a simple recipe I will be sharing with my friends and family. Thank you Sue?

    • Reply
      April 20, 2020 at 8:26 am

      You’re so welcome!

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