November 17, 2017

Banana Nut Bread {a bread machine recipe}

Banana Nut Bread |

Years ago, before I started making bread regularly from scratch, and after many failed attempts at trying to make fresh bread (of any kind), I decided I needed the modern convention called a bread maker.

If you don’t have one, it’s basically a big metal box that does all the work for you.  You dump all ingredients for the bread recipe into a special bread pan and push some buttons and a couple hours later, you have a perfect loaf of bread.

I tried a few different recipes over the years in my neat little machine, but there was one that was the shining star.

This bread recipe took the cake.

Banana Nut Bread!

It blew all other banana nut breads out of the water.  By far.  The very best banana nut bread I had/have ever eaten in my entire life.

While logic tells me it’s probably the ingredient list and that I could probably bake it in my oven if I so desired, I’ve never tried.  I dare not deviate from the recipe, the pan, or the machine.  It’s just that good.  I don’t use my bread machine for any other bread except this one.  (So far….I am thinking a pumpkin walnut bread would be good in this, too.)


  1. I made this today and it was SO yummy and easy. We had it for supper with potato soup. Hit the spot on a cold night here in Iowa. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I made this today and it was so good! I have to admit it’s a little better than the recipe my Gramma used to make for me. However, the middle wasn’t quite done when I took it out. Do you think my ingredients were not room temp enough or it’s just my bread maker? I finished it in the oven and it was still great. I was just curious if you had any thoughts.

    • hmmm…what kind of bread maker?? I’m not sure…

    • Mine was not quite done. I just ran a knife in it to check and it was still raw in the middle. Set the machine to bake only and finished it for about 30 more mins until the knife came out clean. I also mixed the batter before hand and then put it on quick setting.. this way i didn’t have to worry about scraping.

      • I set my machine on sweet bread and increased the cook time 25 more minutes. Came out perfect. The picture that is posted is more like a banana cake, mine came out a bit lighter, kinda looks like wheat bread.

  3. I have a Cuisinart.

  4. I’ll try it again. It was pretty cool in our house, so maybe I will warm the butter a little more. I thought I’d try putting it on the dark setting for the crust. I used medium this time.

  5. I made this yesterday and it was the most delicious and moist banana bread I have ever made. I did substitute 1 cup of whole wheat flour for the white b/c I do that generally, and 1/3 cup brown sugar for white as I was low on white sugar. I also left out nuts b/c no one in my family is fond of nuts in baked goods. I was worried this might have a negative effect on the recipe, but it seemed to be fine. I have not had a positive experience using the quick bread setting on my older Breadman, so I just used the white bread setting, and it came out perfect. Though of course it took longer. So glad I found this recipe, thank you!

  6. Hi
    I tried this recipe twice today and both came out not done, the dough was still mushy on top, first time i tired on rapid and 2nd time on basic, not sure what i did wrong, i have a bread machine zojirushi. Please advise.

    • Hi Lian. It must be the machine. I have used my Cuisinart on the Quick Bread setting for many years and it always turns out perfect. I am sorry. I would advise to look at different settings on you machine. I know mine runs for at least two hours when I make it. Hope that helps.

      • Bread Machine Brand: Breville; Setting: Sweet
        Same results for my first try…top center of bread did not completely cook through (raw dough).

        My machine does not have a Quick Bread Cycle, so I opted for “Sweet”. The most part, majority of the bread was cooked & what was edible was moist and flavor was absolutely grand.

        Next time, I will change my cook time setting for a longer cook time. If this will fix the problem then this will be my “Go To” recipe. Thanks Brandy!

  7. i made this and it wasnt quite done in the middle so my second time after it finished with the quick bread baking i switched it to the bake cycle for 20 mins and it was wonderful

  8. I dont have any buttermilk- do you have any ideas of what i can substitute for it?

  9. hi – i have that square cuisinart in the pic on this page, and this recipe looks like the recipe in the cuisinart book only larger loaf… however, my machine wont allow you to choose the loaf size or crust color when on quick bread setting?? so im worried that like others it will come out underdone… should i add time somehow after the quick bread setting is finished?? very excited to try tho… the other recipe i make in this machine is called “bagel bread” from, doesnt taste like bagels but its the BEST white bread ive made in the machine.

  10. I buy dried buttermilk, in the baking isle and have buttermilk on hand all the time by just adding water. I plan on trying this recipe tomorrow thanks!

  11. Randy Gilmore says:

    Hi, Is this recipe for 1 1/2 lb loaf

  12. I was tickled to find that this used buttermilk because I was fresh out of milk (but had buttermilk? Go figure!). I too have the Breadman in the above pic & it came out absolutely perfectly on the default ‘quick bread’ settings (2lb, med crust)
    It came out soooo perfectly, in fact, that I just had to make a point of thanking you for THE BEST BANANA BREAD I HAVE EVER HAD!!! I do not say that lightly as I am a bit of a BB connesieur from waaaay back but THIS will be my go-to recipe from now on.

  13. I just realized that I did make a modification out of necessity. I get my eggs from my small flock of various bantam chickens who lay the cutest little eggs you ever did see…needless to say, I substituted 4 teeny bantam eggs for the 2 large that the recipe calls for. I probably could have gotten away with using 3 but didn’t wish to risk it.

  14. i have tried this recipe several times on quick and white settings. mine will cook for about 30 mins then fall. i have tested both the baking powder and the soda and both are good. i have an oster bread machine. it smells so good and i really want to make it. what could possibly be going wrong or what could i do differently. please help

  15. Hi thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it out in my brand new DeLonghi..
    Just a quick clarification – what’s the loaf size (2lbs?). Also, is the crust light/medium/dark?


  16. Mine came out no where near cooked :/ but smells divine. I have a Panasonic SD-YD250. I got it this past christmas, maybe it was user error…hee hee, I will have to try again

    • Oh no!! So sorry! Quick bread setting?

      • Brandy Would you think BAKE RIPED on my SD-YD250 Panasonic Bread machine would also mean QUICK ? It does mix,kneads,rises and automatically bakes it faster than the standard BAKE option.

        • Hi Paul. I am not sure about that setting since I have only used this one bread machine. 🙂

          • Thank you on your reply and I am going to look in to this setting with panasonic and if I get answers on the setting I will pass it on to all that have this Panasonic machine. I am hoping that Jullian that has this Panasonic Bread Machine SD-YD250 would let me know on the setting that she had usded after trying again that banana bread came out better or great

    • I also have a SD-YD250 and would like to bake a loaf of Brandy’s banana bread . Panasonic bread machine has a BAKE RAPID setting that does it all in a shorter time. Please let me know how it came out.

      • To answer your question about Bake Rapid, it shortens the time for the rising dough from 2 to 1 hour. Thus, reducing the total process time by one hour. Normal time to from start to finish in 4 hours with “rapid bake” start to finish is 3 hours.

        I’m trying the recipe right now and I believe I’m getting the same results as Jillian’s comments

        “Mine came out no where near cooked :/ but smells divine.”


        Yes, I can that this recipe will not work on Panasonic bread machine as currently formulated. The result is banana bread that is no way near cooked

        • Mahalo (Thank You) David on your reply, I had to bake the bread about a 1/2 hour longer and it came out a little dry but If you should get it right on this Bread Machine SD-YD250 I sure would lke to know the setting.


          • Hi Paul,

            I believe that the key to using this recipe is lowering the moisture content. Two ways in doing it would be 1) Reduce the recipe by a third or 2) lowering the amount of buttermilk used. Will keep you updated on my status. I’m going to try reducing the total recipe by a third first.

  17. Thank you for the recipe! I’ve made it twice and it is so good. I just bake it a little while longer in my bread machine.

  18. Samantha says:

    I also tried this recipe on my Panasonic SD-YD 250, On BAKE RAPID setting, it came out “no where near cooked,” but made the whole house smells wonderful. 🙂

    Then with the SAME recipe, I tried different settings from Medium Dark Crust to Large Dark Crust, but still came out not done. So, each time, I took the “under-done” bread out from the bread maker then put it in my oven and bake it for 20-25 minutes on 350F (preheated), hen it came out perfect!

    I’m going to try David’s method to reduce the milk by one-third and give it try today with my break maker. I’ll post my result when it’s done…

    • Samantha says:

      After reducing the milk by 1/3, the bread still came out under done. Like previous times, hubby put it to preheated oven (350F) for half an hour, came out perfect. Still need to find a recipe that works with Panasonic SD YD 250.

  19. JUST made this SMELLS amazing! I did have to bake an additional 20min at 350 bc it wasn’t completely done in my bread maker. Can’t wait to try it!

  20. i tried this recipe tonight. The bread sunk in the middle and was not done. I put it in the oven to finish it. My machine is a Regal. It has never failed me until tonight. Bummer.

  21. Carol Kizer says:

    Hi! I have a Regal Breadmaker that has different settings.
    1 Pound normal 2 hours 20 min
    1.5 pound normal 2 hours 30 min
    Sweet 3 hours 40 min
    Which setting should i use? Thanks!

  22. Carol Kizer says:

    So you would use the sweet setting?

  23. S Carlson says:

    My machine is a 1 1/2 pound, would this recipe work, or should it be modified?
    Thank you 🙂

  24. For those trying to bake quick breads (i.e ones that use baking soda/powder instead of yeast) in the Panasonic SD-YD250, use the Bake Only setting and set the time for 45-50 minutes. I haven’t tried this exact recipe, but I’ve done another banana bread. According to page 32 of the manual, “make sure the kneading blade is removed from the pan and the bottom and sides of the bread pan are lined with parchment paper”. Since this setting doesn’t mix, you need to mix everything before you put it in.

    FYI – Bake Rapid is for yeast breads made with rapid rise yeast.

    When all else fails, read the manual.

  25. Hi, I just made this in my Breville custom loaf pro & it came out perfectly!! It is delicious. I cooked it on the “yeast free” cycle, which takes about 11/2 hours from mixing to baked. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it is the best. I will be making this every week for the family. Cheers Fleur x

  26. Jessamess says:

    I made this vegan by substituting almond milk for butter milk using vegan butter and vegan neat eggs. It came out amazingly. I used my machines sweet bread setting.

  27. OMG! This is the best banana nut bread I’ve ever had! I messed up the first loaf: forgot to stir until it was about to cook, and forgot the buttermilk powder. It had the flour clumps, but was still good eating around them. I made it again and was blown away by the loaf! Shared half of it with a friend whose eyes got big after the first bite and exclaimed, “damn, that’s good!” My partner and I devoured the rest in less than a day! This is IT! I’m anxious to try some other recipes on here now.

    • *forgot to add that I added 10 min to the bake time for each load. Tested with a long wooden skewer and the extra 10 min was perfect.

  28. Oh my goodness ,my first time using a bread machine this recipe is a keeper for sure. My sister had this machine In her rummage sale, and now I am so glad that I took it for helping her with the sale.🍞
    The bread was moist and good, I did add 1/3c sweet shredded coconut because that what I like in my banana bread sometime. 8/30/16 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟👌

  29. I substituted the buttermilk with vanilla yogurt and added 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. I still added the vanilla extract.
    I set my machine on sweet bread which total time was 2hr 55 min. When the timer went off the loaf was still raw in the middle so I set the machine to bake for an additional 30 mins. Came out perfect. The picture that is posted looks more like a banana cake, mine came out a bit lighter, kinda looks like wheat bread.

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