This Amazing Copycat Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe is a Must Try

Do you like walnuts in your banana bread recipe?
I decided to try this copycat Starbucks banana bread next because I was so excited that you guys loved my Starbucks copycat egg bite recipe. It’s been my top-performing recipe since I posted it! Banana bread has been so popular since quarantine. I’m sure you have a recipe you love. But, I’m telling you, this Starbucks banana bread recipe is legitimately the best banana bread I’ve ever had.
This loaf pan is so pretty! It makes the most moist banana bread ever!
I’m not sure why this Starbucks banana bread recipe is so much better. I wonder if it’s the buttermilk or if it’s the fact that the walnuts are only on the top. I’m not sure about you, but I actually do not like nuts in my banana bread. However, there is something really great about having the walnuts on the top. It also gives you the option of picking them out if you or someone you serve it to is not a walnut fan. 
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This moist Starbucks banana bread recipe is so easy to make and I’m pretty sure everyone who tries this would like it. If you can, make sure your bananas are really ripe. It makes the bread taste sweeter and richer. The only thing about this copycat Starbucks banana bread recipe that is kind of annoying is that it does take over an hour for the bread to cook. I didn’t try cooking it at a higher temperature, but I do wonder if I could speed it up a bit had I cooked it at 350.
copycat Starbucks Banana Bread

Copycat Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1 1/8 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 extra ripe bananas
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and whisk just until combined. In another medium bowl add egg, sugar, and oil and whisk until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Add in the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas and mix until combined. Pour into a loaf pan. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top. Bake on the center rack for 60-75 minutes or until the knife comes out clean. Oven times will vary. Mine took the full 75 minutes, but make sure the center is fully cooked.

If you try this copycat Starbucks banana bread recipe, please leave me a comment and tell me what to think! Looking for other copycat recipes? Check on this lemon loaf recipe (one of my favorites that I think I’ll try next!).


  1. Mary Wade says:

    This recipe is so delicious!! My husband stated that this was better than the Starbuck’s banana bread!! I did tweak the recipe a little. I bake the banana bread at 350*F for a 1 hour and 15 mins. ( it was not done at 1 hour) I used tsp of almond extract ( ran out of vanilla extract – how could I have possible run out of vanilla extract as a baker)!!! I used a cup of pecans – 1/2 in the batter, and 1/2 on top of the banana bread. Also I did not have any buttermilk, so I used a substitute of two Tbsp. of milk and a couple of drop of lemon juice. I mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl, than all the wet ingredients together, then mix the two batches together. I really love this recipe and will certainly make it again!!!

  2. Claire de Vignier says:

    Every time I make this recipe it completely blows up on me. I even used a 9×5 loaf pan this time to prevent it, and it still happened within 20 minutes of putting it in the oven. It tastes great, but I just don’t understand why it consistently does that (three separate times).

    1. Oh wow, I’m not sure what to say! maybe use a bit less of the batter next time and put the extra into muffin tins?

  3. Are you sure your using baking soda and not baking powder ? Are you using self rising flour?

  4. Or visa versus on the baking powder and soda !

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