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Banana bread with pecans

Maple Pecan Banana Bread

This recipe is a twist on the classic banana bread recipe. Ours is a healthy and moist banana bread made with simple natural ingredients like crunchy pecans and maple syrup. There is no refined sugar added.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 10 slices
Calories 277 kcal


  • 8.5' x 4.5" loaf pan
  • mixing bowls
  • Spatula
  • whisk


  • 2 bananas well-ripened
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup yogurt plain
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 ½ cup flour all-purpose or wheat
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped in small pieces
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Toppings (optional):

  • pecans halved or chopped



  • Place each ripe banana in a bowl and mash them well.
  • Prep an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan. You can simply grease the pan with oil or line it with parchment paper.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).
  • Put a quarter cup of butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it for 20 seconds or so.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, 1/3 cup of oil, and 1/4 cup of plain yogurt. Add the two eggs, one at a time, and mix well with a whisk. Add the 1/4 cup of maple syrup and teaspoon of vanilla extract. Combine well.
  • In another bowl, sift together the 1.5 cups of flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, and 1/4 tsp of salt.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and mix with a spatula.
  • Add the mashed bananas and combine gently. Stir in the chopped pecans.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle additional halved or chopped pecans onto the top, if desired. Place into the pre-heated oven.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 mins, or until light golden brown, and a toothpick comes out clean.


1) This bread can not have perfect slices as I baked with real banana chunks. Mash bananas to a puree if you like perfect slicing bread texture.
2) Replace honey with your preferred sweetener. But be cautious about the quantity you add as ripe bananas are naturally sweet themselves. Maple syrup, Apple sauce, brown sugar are some good choices.


Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 170mgPotassium: 211mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 214IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
Keyword banana bread, banana bread loaf, banana cake, banana nut bread, bananaloaf cake
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