Starbucks Banana Nut Loaf Bread Copycat Recipe

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The banana bread at Starbucks is the best I’ve had next to my mother’s home recipe. Bananas, walnuts, and pecans combine into this moist, nutty, classic banana bread. A perfect harmonious blend of deliciousness. Don’t throw away your overripe bananas, make banana bread with them. 

One of the most popular items on the menu is the Banana Bread. If you need to impress your guests with an easy recipe, and don’t have time to head to your local Starbucks, you can make the tasty recipe at home. Starbucks Banana Bread is a sweet, moist cake with chunks of banana and pecans. It is often served in Starbucks stores with butter when it is still warm.

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Starbucks may be best known for its coffee. They also offer different baked goods like banana bread. There are many copycat recipes of the Starbucks version of banana bread, but here is my version, I hope you like it!

Starbucks Banana Bread

Keeping Banana Bread Moist

One of the best things about banana bread is how moist it is. Make it last and taste just like the day you made it by wrapping it up tightly with some plastic wrap. If you don’t have saran wrap, you can use a large freezer bag and make sure you squeeze out the excess air. 

Freezing Banana Bread

After your banana bread is completely cooled and wrapped in an airtight container, you can freeze your loaf for up to two months. Just take your bread out to thaw when you’re ready to eat. Depending on the size, it could take up to 24 hours. 

Enjoy this copycat banana nut bread recipe! 

Starbucks Banana Nut Loaf Bread Copycat Recipe

Bananas, walnuts, and pecans combine into this moist, nutty, classic banana bread. A perfect harmonious blend of deliciousness.
4.29 from 7 votes
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 6 servings


Wilton Perfect Results Large Nonstick Loaf Pan, 9.25 by 5.25-Inch, Silver
Measuring cups and spoons

What you will need

  • 2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 heaping cup sugar 1 1/8 cups
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk or whole milk
  • 1 cup mashed bananas 3 extra ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts inside batter
  • 1/4 cup pecans inside batter
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts on top
  • 1/8 cup chopped pecans on top


  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  • Spray loaf pan with bakers spray and then line with parchment (for easy release). Spray the parchment with non-stick as well and set aside.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk together.
  • In a larger bowl add in the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil. Whisk together.
  • Pour dry over into the wet ingredients bowl and using a rubber spatula mix together. It will coarse and dry at this point.
  • Mash the bananas and add them to the bowl.
  • Add buttermilk (or whole milk), vanilla, 1/4 cup pecans, and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.
  • Mix well. Making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl.
  • Once everything is well incorporated (no dry flour left) pour into the prepared pan. Top with the remaining pecans and walnuts.
  • Bake for 75 mins (begin checking around the 55 min mark).


This recipe is also delicious without nuts. 
Possible substitute would be chocolate chips!
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  1. This is NOT a copycat of Starbucks banana bread!! The Starbucks bread does NOT have all these nuts on top! Believe me, I’m there almost everyday and sometimes order it!! I don’t buy anything but coffee there. The food there is too damn expensive!! An order of egg bites (2 of them in one order) costs almost $5.00. Ridiculous!!!

    • Thanks for your comment Paula, as someone who orders this bread every time she goes to Starbucks, I assure you, there are nuts on top of the bread. It’s actually my favorite part. When they warm it up, the nuts melt in your mouth. It’s delicious.

    • I am SO CONFUSED by your rant. It’s literally called “Banana Nut Loaf” at Starbucks. If you “Don’t buy anything but coffee” but then “sometimes order” the bread? You’re a walking contradiction. If it’s too expensive, then make this wonderful recipe for yourself and omit the nuts….

  2. If I want to make 2 loaves at the same time, what do you suggest for cook time? Also, any other recommendations other than x2 on all the ingredients?

    • It depends on your oven. Convection ovens circulate the air enough that it shouldn’t matter. In other cases, you typically add around 15 percent more baking time. Instead of checking the break at 55 minutes, I would start checking it at the 70-minute mark.

  3. Thanks for this recipe! Love any food that comes from Starbucks, so I’m excited to try this tonight. I thought I had a loaf pan, but have a square cake pan, probably 8 inches. I’ll have to wing it as far as time, and will let you know!

  4. This is a really delicious recipe and very easy to make. I cooked at 150 degrees C as I have a fan oven and it took the 75 minutes suggested. Thank you!


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