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Starbucks Banana Bread!

Banana walnut bread is real comfort food, chock full of sweet bananas, sugar and crunchy walnuts it satisfies on so many levels! My mother-in-law was an amazing baker and I’ve used her recipe for years, and shared it with so many of my friends.

This post was originally published August 23, 2016 and updated on March 19, 2017.

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!

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Recently I’ve been itching to bake some copycat recipes and Starbucks was at the top of the list! Starbucks banana walnut bread is so moist and delicious  I don’t know how anyone can resist! So I’m making a copycat version using a banana walnut bread recipe I found on – a great recipe database.  I mixed it up a bit by adding an extra banana, so that means 4 large bananas instead of 3 in my version of Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread.

We also love our Starbucks (Copycat) Lemon Loaf recipe, so be sure to check it out!

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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.

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Here is the copycat Starbucks banana bread recipe – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


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Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe (Copycat)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

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. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: starbucks banana bread
Servings: 10
Calories: 419 kcal
Author: Judy
  • 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
  • 4 bananas ripe medium-large, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts in addition to 1/2 cup- for the topping.
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
  3. Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. Mix the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and when blended, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas; mix well.
  6. Fold 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Top the batter with remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe (Copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 178mg 7%
Potassium 280mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 30g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tip:  I changed the recipe up and added 1/3 cup chocolate chunk bits to the batter.  Finish your baked Starbucks banana bread with  some yummy cream cheese frosting.

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