Right now, the heat index here (in Houston) is 108 degrees. One-hundred and eight…degrees! On days like this, I dart from my car to the doors of my house or office with an unparalleled quickness. I also pray for those who have nowhere to dart to and gain greater appreciation for the people who work outdoors in any capacity. A day like today should not involve turning on a stove or oven…which is why I am so glad I made this spiced banana nut bread a while ago.

loaf of baked spiced banana nut bread

Banana nut bread is a classic staple that everyone should know how to make. If you don’t or if you do and need to do better, start scrolling, friend 🙂 This bread has a little twist by the name of freshly-ground clove that amplifies the flavor so well. This addition is new to me and I was very pleased with the result. Too much clove can sink any dish, so make sure to be light-handed with it. Spiced banana nut bread is the cooler older cousin to the normal version.  If you don’t have any clove in your pantry and your city is also in the throws of a heat wave that is keeping you next to the AC vent, don’t fret. Without the clove, this is still a solid, classic banana nut bread. While you’re at it, I also recommend checking out these spiced blackberry muffins. You won’t regret it.

slices of spiced banana nut bread

If you’ve ever wondered how to make banana nut bread, you’ve come to the right place. Although it’s one of those hard-to-mess-up recipes, a little instruction never hurts. 🙂 The full recipe is just below and is even printable in case you want to store it in an old-school recipe box or give it with a freshly baked loaf as a gift. This spiced banana nut bread is just as simple to make as the regular kind. It comes together quickly and so easily, too–you can mix everything up in one bowl!

spiced banana nut bread

I love incorporating different spices into baked goods. This spiced pear cobbler recipe is another easy one that is perfect for the fall. I hope you’ll add it and this spiced banana nut bread to your arsenal. Thanks for reading!

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Spiced Banana Nut Bread
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Classic banana nut bread made with warm spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread with walnuts, how to make banana bread, quick bread recipe
Servings: 1 loaf
  • 2 ripe bananas (the riper the easier to work with)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup milk I use unsweetened almond
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon dash of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon dash of sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel bananas and mash in a large bowl. Mix in all dry ingredients.
  2. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour/spoon mixture into a greased or non-stick, medium loaf pan and bake for forty minutes or until a skewer placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool for at least fifteen minutes before removing from pan.