Copycat Starbucks Banana Bread

This Starbucks Copycat Banana Bread recipe is a delicious sweet bread loaded with walnuts and delicious bananas. It’s pure comfort and tastes amazing warm with a bit of butter!

This banana nut bread recipe is very simple to make and the end results are a tender and moist loaf of bread that you likely won’t want to share with anyone else.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe medium-large bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup chopped walnuts divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and dust with flour.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined. Add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined, then mix in the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas until combined.
  4. Fold in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Top the batter with the remaining 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack and remove from pan. Slice and serve warm or room temperature with or without butter.


  • Always use very ripe bananas for the best flavor, the skin should be almost black and the peel should pretty much fall off.
  • Don't use frozen bananas for this recipe, when you freeze bananas they take on extra moisture which they retain even after being thawed and can mess with the outcome of the recipe.
  • The walnuts are optional, so if you have an allergy, simply leave them out and it won't impact the final product, but feel free to replace them with chocolate chips... YUM!
  • I prefer to use a mixing bowl and whip this recipe up by hand, but you can use a stand mixer or hand mixer if you prefer.