Find out what makes this Secret Walnut Banana Bread Recipe so delicious, moist, and the perfect gift to give away to your neighbors!

Secret Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

Friends, today I’m sharing a Secret Walnut Banana Bread Recipe. It’s so good, you’ll want to double the recipe, and share it with your neighbors, or possibly someone new to town.

Secret Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

Keep reading for the secret step … it really work! And watch the video!

Secret MOIST Banana Bread Recipe

Hospitality and banana bread

I’ve been thinking a lot about hospitality, and meeting new people in our neighborhoods and towns.

When I think about hospitality, I think of banana bread. Isn’t it he best gift to bring to a new neighbor in town? I mean, when it’s warm, and gooey and soft, and sliced thickly with a slab of salted butter. It truly is the best.

My new recipe has a secret that a reader shared with me. I was doubtful, thinking that it didn’t really make a difference.

Secret MOIST Banana Bread

Moistest Banana Bread

Guess what? There is one step that makes the MOISTEST banana bread!

Sometimes we have to go out of our way to practice hospitality, and sometimes it’s right under our noses!

It often flows, especially for someone like me who loves to entertain. But I also have to challenge myself to think of others and see how I can step in and fill a need, or make others feel welcome, or invite them into our home.

You knock on the door.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

You hand them a gift.

Through this reaching out, we gain affection toward one another.

Or, you could invite them over for a two-handed coffee visit!

I really do think banana bread and hospitality go hand in hand!

BEST Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

What’s the secret? 

Now you want to know the secret? Add in baking soda to the sour cream and stir. This combination mixed into the banana bread mixture is the secret to a moist, fluffy, amazing bread!

Almond extract? Another great secret!


More delicious breads:

Pumpkin Date Bread, Pumpkin Raspberry Bread, Raspberry Almond Scones [Two Peas and Their Pod], Banana Monkey Bread [Wine & Glue].

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Secret Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

I always DOUBLE the recipe!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 1 -2 loaves


  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 – 1/2 cup mashed bananas, about 3
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour one 9-inch loaf pan (or 3 small ones). Pan should be 3/4 full of batter.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Whisk together the flour and salt; combine with the butter mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, add 1 tsp. baking soda to the sour cream; stir well. Add in the bananas, vanilla and almond extracts, and walnuts; stir well.
  • Add this mixture to the main mixture; mix well.
  • Pour into prepared pans and bake for 50 minutes.
  • Cool for 10 minutes and then turn the loaf out onto a rack.


Originally posted JUNE 2016
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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Secret Walnut Banana Bread