Nutty Banana Oat Walnut Bread Recipe 

 Last Update May 14, 2024

By Jenny Zhang

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There's something truly comforting about the aroma of freshly baked goods wafting through the kitchen. And when it comes to classic homemade treats, few can rival the allure of a perfectly baked banana walnut bread. This delightful creation combines the natural sweetness of ripe bananas with the satisfying crunch of walnuts, resulting in a moist banana nut bread recipe that's impossible to resist.

In this blog post, we'll take you through a step-by-step guide on how to make the best banana bread recipe right in your kitchen along with some helpful tips.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe

Prep Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
60 minutes

Rest Time
10 minutes

Total Time
1 hour and 25 minutes

  • Cooking Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Servings: 12 slices
  • Calories: 275
  • Courses: Bread
  • Best Season: Any


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

3. Combine the melted coconut oil and maple syrup (or honey) in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.

4. Add the eggs to the coconut oil and maple syrup mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

5. Stir in the mashed banana, unsweetened applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla extract until well combined.

6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, stirring until just combined. Avoid overmixing to prevent a dense texture.

7. Gently fold in the chopped walnuts, reserving a small amount for sprinkling on top if desired.

8. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly. If desired, sprinkle the reserved walnuts on top for added texture.

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9. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Adjust the baking time as needed.

10. Once baked, remove the pan from the oven and allow the banana walnut bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

11. Slice and enjoy the healthy banana walnut bread as a guilt-free treat. It makes a delicious breakfast or snack option.


Ripe Bananas: Use ripe bananas with brown spots on the skin. They are sweeter and easier to mash, providing more flavor and moisture to the banana bread.

Whole Wheat Flour: Whole wheat flour adds fiber and nutrients to the banana bread. Be sure to spoon and level the flour when measuring, rather than packing it into the measuring cup, to avoid a dense texture.

Coconut Oil: Melt the coconut oil before adding it to the batter. If your coconut oil has solidified, warm it up gently until it liquefies again.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 12



% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13.1g


Saturated Fat 5.7g


Cholesterol 31mg


Sodium 216mg


Total Carbohydrate 35.8g


Dietary Fiber 2.5g


Total Sugars 13.6g

Protein 6.3g

Vitamin D 3mcg


Calcium 27mg


Iron 2mg


Potassium 273mg


*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Natural Sweeteners: Opt for pure maple syrup or honey instead of refined sugar. They add natural sweetness and moisture to the banana bread. Adjust the amount based on your desired level of sweetness.

Mixing the Batter: Mix the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Over mixing can result in a denser texture. It's okay if the batter appears slightly lumpy due to the mashed bananas.

Chopped Walnuts: Toasting the walnuts before adding them to the banana bread can enhance their flavor. Spread them on a baking sheet and toast in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-7 minutes or until fragrant. Allow them to cool before chopping and folding them into the batter.

Baking Time: Keep a close eye on the banana bread during baking, as oven temperatures may vary. Start checking for doneness around the 50-minute mark by inserting a toothpick into the center. The bread is ready if it comes out clean or with a few crumbs.

Cooling and Storage: Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack, this helps prevent it from sticking to the pan. Once the banana bread has completely cooled, store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

What Ingredients You Will Need To Make This Banana Walnut Bread Recipe

Whole Wheat Flour

Whole wheat flour is made by grinding the entire wheat grain, including the bran, germ, and endosperm. It is higher in fiber, vitamins (such as B vitamins), minerals (such as magnesium and zinc), and antioxidants than all-purpose flour. Using whole wheat flour adds nutritional value and a slightly nutty flavor to the banana bread.

Baking Soda

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a leavening agent commonly used in baking. When combined with acidic ingredients like mashed bananas, it produces carbon dioxide gas bubbles, which help the bread rise and become fluffy.


Salt is a common ingredient used in baking to enhance the flavors of other ingredients, and it balances the sweetness in the bread and helps bring out the natural flavors.

Ground Cinnamon

Ground cinnamon is a warm and aromatic spice that adds a distinct flavor to the bread. Beyond its delightful taste, cinnamon has potential health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties, improved blood sugar control, and antioxidant effects.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a plant-based oil that is solid at room temperature. It contains medium-chain fatty acids, which are metabolized differently than long-chain fatty acids found in animal fats. While it is a source of fat, coconut oil is considered a healthier option than vegetable oil or canola oil due to its unique composition. If you don't like the taste of coconut, you can opt in for melted butter instead. Regardless, they add moisture and richness to the banana bread.


Pure maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar, and dates sugar are natural sweeteners that can replace refined sugar in baking. They provide sweetness and moisture to the walnut banana bread while also imparting their own unique flavors. Compared to refined sugar, they contain more nutrients and have a lower glycemic index.


Eggs play multiple roles in baking. They act as a binding agent, helping to hold the ingredients together and create structure in the walnut banana bread. Additionally, eggs contribute to the moisture and richness of the final product.

Ripe Bananas

Ripe bananas are an essential ingredient in any banana bread recipe, and this banana walnut bread recipe is no exception. Banana bread recipes are a way to use ripe or overripe bananas that otherwise will get tossed away. They add natural sweetness, contribute moisture, and help keep the bread tender. Bananas are also a good source of potassium, fiber, and various vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin B6.

Unsweetened Applesauce

Unsweetened applesauce is a fantastic substitute for part of the fat content in baked goods. It adds moisture, natural sweetness, and tenderness to the bread. Using applesauce reduces the overall fat content while maintaining a delicious flavor and texture.

Almond Milk (Or Any Plant-Based Milk)

Almond milk or other plant-based milk alternatives serve as a dairy-free liquid component in the recipe, adding moisture and contributing to the bread's tenderness. Plant-based milk options are suitable for those with lactose intolerance or following a vegan lifestyle.

Vanilla extract is a common flavoring ingredient in baking. It adds a pleasant aroma and enhances the bread's overall taste, providing a hint of sweetness and complementing the other flavors in the recipe.

Chopped Walnuts

Upgrade your classic banana bread recipe with nuts. Walnuts are nutritious nuts that add texture, crunch and a rich nutty flavor to the banana walnut bread. They are a good source of healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, and provide additional nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamin E, and minerals.

If walnut is not your favorite, you can swap it with another type of nut or a blend to make banana nut bread. For the banana nut bread recipe, you can follow the same as above and just swap the walnut.

How To Store Banana Bread

Store the banana bread in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. It can be stored at room temperature for a few days or refrigerated for longer shelf life. You can also freeze individual banana bread slices for later enjoyment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I Make This Banana Bread Recipe Vegan?

Yes, you can adapt this homemade banana nut bread recipe to be vegan by replacing the eggs with flax or chia eggs (made by mixing ground flaxseeds or chia seeds with water). Substitute plant-based milk for regular milk, and use a vegan butter substitute or coconut oil. Ensure all ingredients are vegan-friendly.

Can I Make This Banana Bread Recipe Gluten-Free?

Yes, you can use gluten-free flour like almond flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour. Additionally, ensure that all other ingredients used are gluten-free and suitable for your dietary needs. Although I have not tried the gluten-free version of this recipe, the result may taste a little different.

Can I Add Other Ingredients Like Chocolate Chips Or Dried Fruits?

Absolutely! You can personalize your banana walnut bread by adding ingredients like dark chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, or shredded coconut. Just be mindful of the quantities to maintain a balanced texture.

How To Ensure The Banana Bread Comes Out Moist?

Mixing the ingredients until just combined can ensure the results of moist banana bread. Overmixing can develop the gluten in the flour, resulting in a denser texture. Mix until there are no dry flour pockets, but a few lumps from the mashed bananas are okay.

Incorporate unsweetened applesauce into the recipe. Applesauce helps retain moisture in baked goods and can replace part of the fat content, and it also adds natural sweetness and contributes to a moist texture. Whether using coconut oil or another type of oil, make sure you use the specified amount in the recipe. Fat helps keep the walnut banana bread moist and tender.

Jenny passionately advocates a holistic and natural approach to health and well-being. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and years of working in food sciences, specializing in organic & natural products. She is committed to helping others embrace a balanced, natural lifestyle that fosters well-being. Jenny believes that a harmonious balance between nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness is the key to unlocking the full potential of one’s well-being.