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Banana walnut bread is real comfort food, chock full of sweet bananas, sugar and crunchy walnuts it satisfies on so many levels!

Our Starbucks Banana Nut Bread Recipe is the best. You know how much you love the banana bread at Starbucks? And that it’s $2.75 per slice? 

Well what if I were to tell you that this gi-normous loaf of Banana Nut Bread serves 10 thick slices. Yep, that got your attention right?

So with this recipe, you are going to get that amazing rich banana nut bread, at a fraction of the price, and if you make two loaves, you can share one with your bestie.

This bread is perfect for banana bread lovers!

four slices of starbucks banana bread on a white plate set on a blue checked placemat one slice is covered in butter

Why You’ll Love this Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread

Well, this easy to bake Starbucks banana bread copycat recipe is going to save you a ton of money!  You will be able to bake your banana bread at home, and take a slice to work to have with your favourite cup of Joe. 

I made it both ways – the classic banana bread recipe that’s just like my Grandma’s!  I also made a copycat Starbucks Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (see the video below!)

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I like to have a slice after dinner, slightly warmed and spread with butter, it almost melts in my mouth!    I’m one of those people who always has at least 5 or 6 frozen black bananas in the freezer, I just can’t throw them out when the over ripen.  Sometimes I use them in smoothies,and banana chocolate chip pancakes are the bomb!

Recently I’ve been itching to bake some copycat recipes and Starbucks was at the top of the list! Starbucks banana nut bread is so moist and delicious  I don’t know how anyone can resist! But by the time you buy a speciality Starbucks coffee and a slice of banana nut bread? Whoah!

We need a better solution, and one that’s budget friendly, right?

So I’m making a copycat version adding two extra bananas, so that means 5 large bananas instead of 3 in my version of Starbucks Banana Nut Bread.

loaf of banana bread in a metal loaf pan on a white checked napkin
Fresh from the oven….

Ingredients needed to make warm banana bread

  • baking soda
  • salt
  • egg
  • sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • buttermilk
  • vanilla extract
  • bananas
  • chopped walnuts
  • chocolate chunks (optional)

How to Make the Best Starbucks Banana Bread

This Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe is a quick bread or a no yeast bread and just like muffins, requires a light hand when mixing.  In fact, you really don’t mix at all – more like folding the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients. 

Over mixing might give you a nice smooth batter, but I can guarantee your Banana Bread will be dry and tough.  And that would be just so disappointing!  So the lesson here is to treat your batter lovingly and gently mix it together.

Step One: Preheat the oven to 325.

Step Two: Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.

Step Three: Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Step Four: Mix the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined.

Step Five: Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and when blended, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas; mix well.

Step Six: Fold 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Step Seven: Top the batter with the remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts.

Step Eight: Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

closeup of a loaf of banana nut bread that has been sliced


The great thing about making this copycat Starbucks banana bread recipe is that it’s made with simple ingredients so you can change things up some if you’d like.

I like to also add in a hint of cinnamon sometimes because it’s a great way to add a pop of warmth while I’m sipping my hot cup of coffee.

You can also easily add in chocolate chips instead of the chunks of chocolate as well!

Some people like to add in an extra banana, so if you’re a banana lover, that may be a great choice for you, too! You get to decide how much banana flavor you have in your slice of Starbucks banana bread!

How to store

To keep this Starbucks copycat banana bread recipe as fresh as possible, you need to be sure that you’re storing this delicious recipe the right way. I always wrap my bread in saran wrap and then store it in an airtight container as well. I leave my bread stored at room temperature also but you can store it in the fridge if you want.

The great thing about making this delicious sweet bread is that it’s freezer-friendly, too. Sometimes I’ll even whip up two of this easy copycat banana bread recipe and eat one fresh, and put the other delicious bread in the freezer.

If you do freezer this copycat bread, be sure to invest in a good freezer bag so that the tender banana bread doesn’t get dried out.


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We also love our Starbucks (Copycat) Lemon Loaf recipe, so be sure to check it out!  And our Paleo Banana Muffins are really popular too, and so yummy you will have no clue that they are made with almond flour!  And a loaf of delicious banana bread makes an excellent homemade food gift! 

For a Paleo version of this yummy banana bread, we love the Paleo Banana Bread at Well Plated by Erin.  A beautiful food blog, with lots and lots of yummy recipes with a focus on healthy nutrition!


Here is the copycat Starbucks banana nut bread recipe – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!   A rich, moist loaf, full of banana sweetness, sugar and crunchy walnuts. 

You can always bake a loaf while everyone is sleeping.  Just sit back with your coffee and watch them stagger out, drawn by the wonderful smells! 

My advice?  Double the recipe so that you have a loaf for yourself, and one to take to your best friend, or to work.  They will love you for it.

If you like the recipe, please give it a 5 star rating.

xo, Judy

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Banana Bread Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)

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The secret to a really good banana bread is that it’s moist and delicious .  This copycat recipe from Starbucks does the trick and I mixed it up a bit by adding an extra banana, so that means 4 large bananas instead of 3, as well as including some chocolate chunks. 
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 10
Calories 444 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 bananas - ripe medium-large, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chunks - optional
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts - in addition to 1/2 cup- for the topping.


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
  • Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • Mix the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and when blended, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas; mix well.
  • Fold 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Top the batter with remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.


I found that by adding the extra banana I needed to bake the Banana Bread for the full 60 minutes – check your oven – times will vary.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 198mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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Tip:  I recently changed the recipe up after sampling some Starbucks Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  I added 1/3 cup chocolate chunk bits to the batter.  You can finish your copycat Starbucks banana bread with  some yummy cream cheese frosting too – just don’t add the extra walnuts before baking!

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.