Maple Oat Nut Banana Bread

a stack of maple oat nut banana bread slices on a blue plate

Maple Oat Nut Banana Bread is an easy banana loaf cake with a warm maple icing ~ perfect for breakfast, coffee break, or after school snacking. This recipe will zhush up your basic banana bread in the best way.

A loaf of maple oat nut banana bread, sliced

Glazed maple oat nut banana bread just makes me happy!

Cinnamon, oats, maple, walnuts, banana ~ could there be a more cozy and comforting way to welcome the fall baking season with open arms? If you’re a banana bread lover, or a maple oat nut lover, I hope you’re salivating now, this banana bread is a definite step up from your average loaf. It’s got a lot going on, but all the flavors complement each other beautifully.

maple oat nut banana bread

Do you bake to relax?

When I’m super stressed I know I can always retreat to my kitchen, and when I need something quick, easy, and comforting to take my mind off my troubles, there’s nothing better than a good old fashioned loaf cake or quick bread. They’re less fussy than cakes, more versatile than a pan of brownies, and so much easier than a batch of cookies. (I have more loaf pans in my kitchen than any other type, and for good reason!)

pouring maple glaze on a maple oat nut banana bread

How to make a warm pourable maple glaze

This pourable frosting is really the star of the show. It’s a riff on a classic warm caramel icing, but maple. Yum.

    1. Bring butter and maple syrup to a boil in a saucepan and let it boil for 2 minutes. This just reduces the water content and intensifies the maple flavor.

2. Off the heat whisk in vanilla and sifted confectioner’s sugar until smooth and glossy.

3. Pour over your banana bread, and sprinkle immediately with oats and nuts…the icing starts to set up quickly.


maple glaze on banana bread

Do you remember Starbucks’ maple oat nut scones?

They were my all time favorites and I was so disappointed when they were discontinued. Every fall since then I’ve been recreating that amazing flavor combination in my kitchen. Maple walnut ice creammaple walnut blondies, maple walnut cake ~ I even created a warm maple oat nut smoothie…I’m obsessed.

loaf of maple banana bread in pan

Love maple?

It’s one of my all time favorite flavors (along with lemon, cardamom,) and if you agree, I’ve got more temptation for you…

Maple Walnut Blondies were one of my favorite recipes from the last year ~ you’ve got to try them!

Maple Walnut Cakeis perfect for when you really want to celebrate maple flavor.

Salted Maple Caramel Sauce is for when you really just want to drink the maple syrup out of the bottle but that seems weird.

Maple Frangipane Pecan Pie  is my new favorite thanksgiving pie! The moist, nutty pecan frangipane is a revelation, and the maple syrup flavor takes it over the top.

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect low key snack or dessert that are nostalgic and comforting.

a stack of slices of maple oat nut banana bread




a stack of maple oat nut banana bread slices on a blue plate
4.93 from 13 votes

Maple Oat Nut Banana Bread

Maple Oat Nut Banana Bread might make plain old banana bread obsolete. This loaf cake has got tons of sweet, maple-y, cinnamon-y flavor and texture in every bite!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 9x5 loaf pan


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (that was 3 bananas for me)
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

maple glaze

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • rolled oats
  • chopped walnuts


  • Preheat your oven to 350F Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and line with a sling of parchment paper with long ends. This will help you lift the bread out for neater slicing.
  • Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times. I do this in a stand mixer, but you can use electric beaters or a good old fashioned wooden spoon.
  • Beat in the vanilla, maple syrup, and eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Blend in the mashed bananas, oats, baking soda, and salt.
  • Fold in the flour and then the walnuts. Turn the batter into your prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn down the oven to 325F and bake for another 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter on it. You may need to tent the bread with foil for the last part of baking so it doesn't get too brown on top. Cool on a rack.
  • To make the glaze, put the butter and maple syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, then take off the stove and add the maple extract (if using) and sifted sugar. Stir or whisk well until there are no lumps. Let the glaze cool for about 15 minutes, stirring it occasionally to keep it smooth. Pour or spread over the cooled bread, and top with a sprinkle of oats and walnuts. Let the frosting harden before you slice the bread.

Cook's notes

This bread needs a full sized 9x5 loaf pan, anything smaller will not work, there is a large amount of batter.  It will take time to cook, so be patient. 
Recipe adapted from A Latte Food
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
    Denise Frandano
    January 18, 2021 at 8:53 am

    5 stars
    Delicious! I’ve made this recipe a number of times. I do divide the batter into 2 smaller pans, cut the white sugar by 1/4 c. and adjust the baking time…one for me and one for a neighbor. Also, I cut the glaze recipe in half so that there is just a thin smear, perfect!

  • Reply
    Cheryl Anne
    December 13, 2020 at 10:30 am

    5 stars
    What a fantastic recipe! It came out amazingly delicious!

  • Reply
    Joan Madigan
    November 4, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Recipe looks delicious, do you think frozen bananas will work, ( they will be thawed)

    • Reply
      November 4, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, I always keep a baggie of mashed bananas in my freezer.

  • Reply
    September 28, 2020 at 6:13 am

    I had so much frosting I was eating the leftover straight from the pan. Shame on me! This was so delicious!

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    Deb Kelner
    September 23, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! Just baked this- as muffins. I skipped the glaze because I’m afraid that the Covid-19 might become something akin to the freshman 10, and I too cook/ bake when stressed….I wanted to pretend that this is a healthy breakfast food so I added some flaxseed meal. I added the maple extract to the muffins (because…yum) and., I have a little maple sugar so I sprinkled just a bit on top of each muffin. Like you I’m crazy for maple and your post talked about your love for cardamom so… I thought why not add that to the muffins?
    Another wonderful recipe Sue! I get so excited to see your blog posts in my inbox. Thank you again.

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    Peg conrad
    September 22, 2020 at 10:11 am

    4 stars
    Cake was big, beautiful and tasty. Had a problem adding 1 & 1/2 cups confectioner sugars to the glaze – turned to glue – had to add water to it .

  • Reply
    September 21, 2020 at 11:53 am

    This looks delicious! Can it be made using a Bundt pan instead of a loaf?

  • Reply
    Janet Garwin
    September 21, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Can this bread be frozen with the glaze on it?
    I am going to make the bread!

    • Reply
      September 21, 2020 at 11:45 am

      Glazes don’t do very well in the freezer Janet, so ideally you would glaze after defrosting.

  • Reply
    September 21, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Hi Sue
    This looks delicious and I will be making it. However
    I’m not a fan walnuts, would pecans work or would you just leave the nuts out?

    • Reply
      September 21, 2020 at 11:45 am

      Pecans would be great!

      • Reply
        September 22, 2020 at 12:40 pm

        Thank you

  • Reply
    Di M.
    September 21, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Oh my goodness! This Maple Oat nut Banana bread sounds and looks delicious! I am looking forward to trying it soon. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Reply
    September 21, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Hi Sue, this bread looks so decadent! I will be making it this fall for sure! Just wanted to point out that in the glaze instructions it says to add the extract but there is no extract listed in the glaze ingredients. Would you be using maple extract or vanilla extract? Thanks for all the amazing recipes!

    • Reply
      September 21, 2020 at 6:47 am

      Thanks Lola, I’ve corrected that, maple extract is amazing, I plan to do a feature on it soon.

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