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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. You know how much you love the banana bread at Starbucks?

Well this Starbucks banana bread copycat recipe is going to save you a ton of money!  You will be able to bake your banana bread at home, and take a slice to work to have with your favourite cup of Joe.  I made it both ways – the classic banana bread recipe that’s just like my Grandma’s!  I also made a copycat Starbucks Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (see the video below!)

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

loaf of banana bread with crushed walnut and sugar topping on a white paper doily on a woven grass tray white ramekin of butter and silver knife on side


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!

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.


banana bread with one slice buttered in foreground


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.

3 slices of homemade banana bread with pats of butter and three whole bananas on waxed paper


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We also love our Starbucks (Copycat) Lemon Loaf recipe, so be sure to check it out!  And our Paleo Banana Muffins are really popular too, and so yummy you will have no clue that they are made with almond flour!  And a loaf of delicious banana bread makes an excellent homemade food gift! 

For a Paleo version of this yummy banana bread, we love the Paleo Banana Bread at Well Plated by Erin.  A beautiful food blog, with lots and lots of yummy recipes with a focus on healthy nutrition!



Here is the copycat Starbucks banana bread recipe – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!   A rich, moist loaf, full of banana sweetness, sugar and crunchy walnuts.  You can always bake a loaf while everyone is sleeping.  Just sit back with your coffee and watch them stagger out, drawn by the wonderful smells!  My advice?  Double the recipe so that you have a loaf for yourself, and one to take to your best friend, or to work.  They will love you for it.

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xo, Judy

Banana Bread Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)
Yield: 10

Banana Bread Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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. 


  • 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.


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.

Tip:  I recently changed the recipe up after sampling some Starbucks Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  I added 1/3 cup chocolate chunk bits to the batter.  You can finish your copycat Starbucks banana bread with  some yummy cream cheese frosting too!

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starbucks copycat banana bread pin image with whole loaf one slice buttered in the foreground on white paper doily

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