The Best Cinnamon Swirled Banana Nut Bread

The Best Cinnamon Swirled Banana Nut Bread. Moist and decadent banana loaf with bites of cinnamon sugar and crunchy walnuts throughout. This loaf is a dream, and the perfect way to get your day started or enjoy as a late night snack.

banana nut bread

My goal this year is to become a really good baker. One of my favorite coffee shop treats is banana nut bread. It’s sweet. nutty and soooo good. Earlier this year I tried making it and it came out pretty good, but I’m determined to perfect it.

Welllllll you guys, I think I perfected it!! It was so moist and delicious and I didn’t have to use a ton of bananas. I actually only had one on hand lol, but I was craving banana bread. It was super good and I’m so excited to be sharing with you all this delicious recipe.

If you enjoy Banana Bread also try my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients for Banana Nut Bread

  • Bananas – make sure they are ripe.
  • All Purpose Flour- I like to use King Arthur AP Flour.
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla 
  • milk
  • 1 egg
  • sour cream- a little unconventional but it adds a richness to the loaf.
  • unsalted butter
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans

Walnuts vs Pecans?

Normally banana nut bread is made with walnuts. However, I didn’t have any. butttttt I did have pecans. sooooo, pecans it was. When cooking, remember you can make whatever modifications that YOU want. There are some rules when cooking but, certain things like nuts… choose your fav.

Tips to make the best banana nut bread

  • be sure to not over mix the batter. The more you mix, the more gluten is produced and will create a tough loaf of bread.
  • use RIPE bananas. If not black. I know it’s annoying because rotting fruit will attract bugs, but you can also freeze the bananas and use when you are ready.
  • For easy loaf removal, line your loaf pan with parchment paper.

More Recipes To Try

If you try this Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread, please be sure to leave a comment, and or tag me on Instagram @cookwithci. I would love to see your recreations and hear your thoughts.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Nut Bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1-2 Large Bananas
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans

Cinnamon Swirl

  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your loaf pan. 
  • In a bowl, mash up bananas with a fork until it becomes a baby food consistency, then combine eggs, vanilla, milk, sour cream, melted butter and sugar(s).
  • Next, add in your dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and stir until combined.
  • Pour batter in a buttered pan. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mix over top and drag a knife or toothpick in a swirling motion.
  • Bake on 375 for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the bread to cool before serving. 
Keyword Banana Bread, Easy Recipes

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