My mom made THE BEST banana bread, I know I might just think it was the best because I grew up eating it…. and you’d be right. There is definitely a bias when it comes to the comfort food of our childhood. Today I present an updated version of my mama’s delicious Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (gluten free option)!
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Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (gluten free option) on white plate surrounded by bananas


Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (gluten free option):

This delicious bread is perfection. Made with fresh bananas and buttermilk, the result is always moist, never dry. I keep the sugar in check as I believe the bananas make this recipe the perfect amount of sweet! And there is nothing better than banana bread topped with plenty of walnuts.

Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (gluten free option) on a cutting board

Make a Loaf or Muffins:

When making a loaf I use a single standard size loaf pan or two mini loaf pans. But I also love the muffins as a grab and go breakfast or serve them at baby/wedding showers or brunches. They freeze great too!

a close up of Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (gluten free option) with more muffins in the background

Don’t Have Ripe Bananas but Need Them Now? I have a Tip!

You can ripen bananas in five minutes by placing them in an oven, Here’s how: preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, set bananas onto cookie sheet and heat in oven for 5 minutes, The skin will turn dark and spotted, just like a week old banana! Allow to cool a bit, peel and use as directed in recipe!


If you are fine eating gluten, have at it! But if you are one of my gluten free followers, I have a wonderful suggestion to make this banana bread gluten free but just as good:  Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour is a wonderful GF flour made from grains that are soaked for easy digestion!

Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (gluten free option) on white plate surrounded by sliced bananas and walnuts


Need More Dessert Bread Recipes? 

Try my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread on wood serving board surrounded by baby pumpkins


The Recipe: Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (gluten free option)

Tips and what you need:I always bake with vanilla paste (but extract works in this recipe too). You can make this recipe using a muffin tin, a loaf pan, or two mini loaf pans. 

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Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (gluten free option)
Prep Time
15 mins

A delicious banana nut bread (or muffins) that can serve as a grab and go breakfast or dessert!

Servings: 1 loaf or 12 muffins
Makes one loaf or 12 muffins. Allow 24 minutes baking time for muffins, 1 hour for loaf
  • 2  1/4 cups cups sifted all-purpose flour (or gluten free flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or kosher salt)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup over ripe mashed bananas
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 1/4 cup cultured buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (I chop them smaller for muffins and leave them halves for bread)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in center position. Use a paper towel to grease pan(s) with butter and then dust with flour, making sure sides and bottom of pan(s) are well covered.

  2. Sift dry ingredients together, set aside.

  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Blend in banana pulp and vanilla paste or extract.

  4. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beating until smooth. Fold in half the walnuts. Pour into a well greased and floured loaf pan or muffin pan (use muffin papers if desired). Sprinkle the top of bread or muffins with remaining nuts.

  5. Bake 50-60 minutes for the loaf, and 24 minutes for the muffins (NOTE: ovens vary and altitude makes a difference, so bake until done. To check, insert a toothpick, it should come out clean). Carefully remove from pan and cool on rack.

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