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Butter Pecan Banana Bread

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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June 30th, 2014
5 from 1 vote
5 from 1 vote

Butter Pecan Banana Bread is a fun twist on this classic recipe with lots of buttery, nutty flavor and soft yet crunchy texture. It's our new favorite!

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Butter Pecan Banana Bread is a fun twist on this classic recipe with lots of buttery, nutty flavor and soft yet crunchy texture. It’s our new favorite!
Butter Pecan Banana Bread

I cannot type the word banana without think of Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback song. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Never have I spelled that word wrong since hearing that song. By the way, can you believe that song was released ten years ago?! I can remember listening to that song in Jr. high school with the first generation iPod mini. That’s… bananas.

If I got that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day, my apology is this recipe. It’s my new favorite banana bread and I think you’re going to love it too! It’s ultra rich and buttery, but not too dense. It’s super soft and moist with perfect crunchy bites of pecans throughout. It’s weird because I’m usually not a huge fan of nuts in baked goods, but for some reason I adore them in banana bread.

Butter Pecan Banana Bread

Recipe Rundown:
Taste: Like banana bread taken up a notch with ultra rich, buttery, sweet, and nutty flavors. Be sure to use overripe bananas for the sweetest banana flavor.
Texture: I know people hate this word, but this banana bread is super moist, there’s no other way to say it! It’s ultra soft yet rich with crunchy bites of pecans throughout.
Ease: Buttering the pecans does dirty an extra dish but it only takes 5 minutes. We also use an electric mixer in this recipe to get the lightest yet richest texture. So just a bit more work than your average banana bread recipe.
Pros: The perfect balance of textures, not too dense and not too light. Plus the flavors are just wonderful. Such comfort food!
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

Butter Pecan Banana Bread Recipe

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How to make
Butter Pecan Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Inactive Time 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Butter Pecan Banana Bread is a fun twist on this classic recipe with lots of buttery, nutty flavor and soft yet crunchy texture. It's our new favorite!

Ingredients

For the butter pecans:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

For the banana bread:

  • 1 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces or 191 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 very ripe large bananas, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

For the butter pecans:

  1. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the pecans and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is lightly browned, 5 minutes. Let cool.

For the banana bread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and eggs on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. On low speed gradually add in the melted butter. Add the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla, beating until just combined.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour and pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour, or until golden brown on top and the center springs back when gently pressed. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before removing from loaf pan to cool completely.
  5. Banana bread can be stored tightly wrapped in plastic for up to 3 days at room temperature or 2 weeks frozen (thaw overnight at room temperature before serving).

Recipe Notes

Adapted from this recipe
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 30, 2014 at 3:21 am

    So I hate and love you today.
    Bad news first:
    I totally forgot about that song…and now it’s stuck in my head forever.
    Good news:
    Banana bread is my husband OBSESSION, so he will go nuts (had to) for this version! Pinning 🙂

  2. #
    Cookbook Queen — June 30, 2014 at 5:44 am

    B-A-N-A-N-A-S. UGH. All day.

    Butter pecan + Banana Bread + Perfection.

  3. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 30, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I could eat the whole loaf by myself! Love this!

  4. #
    Gaby — June 30, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Butter pecans in banana bread is the best idea ever!

  5. #
    Laleh — October 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I baked it 3 times . It is a perfect banana bread thanks for recipe.

  6. #
    Sheri — December 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I know I am late to the part with this banana bread, but I just made some today for gifts. This is the best banana bread ever! Thank you so much for the recipe and your food blog! BTW-I love your recipes and reading your blog!

    • #
      Tessa — December 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much!! Thrilled to hear that. Merry Christmas!

  7. #
    Ana — June 9, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I’m gonna make it… love banana bread… thank u for the recipe

  8. #
    Gordon — December 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    how much pecan?

  9. #
    Tracy — December 27, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Amazing, sweet, moist and simply delicious!
    This is my “sweet indulgence”. Small slice is all you need to feel satisfied and it’s a good thing with all the goodies in this bread. I cut butter back by 1/4 stick and increased my yogurt by 1 tablespoon. Turned out great:)

  10. #
    Jessica — August 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve only got two bananas! Should I cut back the other ingredients by 1/3 also or just go for it?

  11. #
    Annabelle — October 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    OK Tess, I’ve read several of your recipes and would like to make them but please tell me how you are calculating your flour amounts? 1 cup flour = 4.25oz, if this is not the case, please tell me the oz you are measuring the flour?

  12. #
    Phyllis Ferrentino — December 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I love this butter pecan banana bread – moist & delicious – the only thing – it fell a little bit in the middle while cooling – not sure why – I know sometimes the baking soda may be an issue ? I added what was called for in the recipe – howeve, it did not affect the wonderful Tate

    I am going to make this recipe for Xmas gifts this year ❤️

    Ty & Merry Christmas
    Phyl Ferrentino

  13. #
    Mary — April 2, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Can I use regular butter instead of unsalted?

  14. #
    Carolina — January 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    What sugar is? Brown?

  15. #
    Jackie — August 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I was wondering if you have ever used this to make ice cream sandwiches? I was thinking buttered pecan ice cream would be very good.

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