Southern Banana Nut Bread

Southern Banana Nut Bread | @hazelhaven

This Southern Banana Nut Bread recipe is very simple and the final result will make you wish you had made more. Growing up my grandmother cooked mainly from memory but when she used a cookbook it was always from this one called Calling All Cooks.  I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who is new to cooking or for those of you wanting to try some southern recipes. Every southern woman should have this cookbook. 

This Southern Banana Nut Bread is a great go-to for a gift for someone that you don't quite know what to give them or also when life gives you some ripe bananas. Of course, you don't have to add any nuts if you don't want to or have an allergy but being in Georgia, I like to buy these that are in my local store. 

Georgia Pecans + Ripe Bananas = good excuse to make banana nut bread 

Georgia Pecans + Ripe Bananas = good excuse to make banana nut bread 

Mmm homemade Southern Banana Nut Bread is so good no matter what time of the year it is. During these autumn days most people like Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING but I prefer baking with fruits like bananas and apples. I will make these Apple Pie Biscuits that my friend, Amanda over at luckynumber3 made from Joy the Baker soon. Now don't get me wrong I still enjoy the pumpkin spice flavored items but not as much as people who would buy shirts like these

Hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. 

Southern Banana Nut Bread recipe 

Makes 2 large loaf pans or 4 small loaf pans

{ adapted from Ann Seller's Banana Bread recipe in the Calling All Cooks cookbook }


2 cups of sugar

3/4 cup butter 

2 eggs

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1  1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1  1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1  1/8 cups buttermilk 

1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

1  1/2 cups mashed bananas 

1 cup chopped pecans 



  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Cream butter, add sugar.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  • Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk to butter and sugar. 
  • Add vanilla, mashed bananas and pecans.
  • Pour into greased pans. (2 large loaf pans | 4 small loaf pans)
  • Place pans into preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes or until done. 
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before removing bread from pans and completely cooling on a wire rack or baking pan.
    • Note: The bread is done when it will turn loose from the sides of the pans.


before and after : baking in the oven

Slice a piece and Enjoy! 

one loaf for me. one loaf for a friend. 

one loaf for me. one loaf for a friend. 

Happy Fall Ya'll. 


If you would like to turn this bread into a cake with Peanut Butter Icing, head on over to my friend Amanda's blog and get her recipe here


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