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***This is an old recipe from the Diethood archives updated with new photos and content***

Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe – Easy to make and lightened-up delicious banana bread recipe with crunchy pecans and loads of banana flavor.

Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe - Easy to make and lightened-up delicious banana bread recipe with crunchy pecans and loads of banana flavor.

Truth: I hide bananas.

Not because I’m bananas about bananas, but because I’m bananas about banana bread. And nuts about nuts! 

Hey Hey, internetS friends! First things first: It’s Monday! Do you love Mondays?!?  lol
Although, I have to be honest. On Mondays, I have the most energy. On Mondays, I feel like I can tackle every single one of those 1347 emails in my inbox. Of course, I also tell myself that I have until Friday to do that. 

Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe - Easy to make and lightened-up delicious banana bread recipe with crunchy pecans and loads of banana flavor.

So. Do you ever get something stuck in your head that you just HAVE to have? That you just have to make and inhale?

This banana bread was that thing for me. 

But good news: those bananas I was hiding… I mashed ‘em up, added in some sugar and eggs and threw in some pecans, and Oh. My. Yumminess. Insane! The most perfectly soft-crusted outside, and cakey, moist inside. Makes for a lovely breakfast, coffee-partner or midnight snack, which happens to be my personal fave.

Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe - Easy to make and lightened-up delicious banana bread recipe with crunchy pecans and loads of banana flavor.

While I was at it, I snapped some pics and decided to update this old post. Lord knows those photos needed a makeover. 

The fun news: this is actually a base banana bread recipe that I’ve used for years. It’s quick to prepare because it’s all done in one bowl, and it’s also easy to play around with it. For instance, if you don’t like white whole wheat flour, use all-purpose flour. Don’t like pecans, throw in some walnuts. Or chocolate chips? Even better!
Looking to replace the sugar with a sweetener? Go right ahead! I’ve done it all, and it all works perfectly.

Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe - Easy to make and lightened-up delicious banana bread recipe with crunchy pecans and loads of banana flavor.

And don’t you want the biggest cup of coffee right now? With the biggest slice of this beauty?! Let’s do it.

P.S. We have never polished off an entire loaf of banana bread within one day. This one didn’t make it to the next hour. 


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Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Easy to make, delicious banana bread recipe with crunchy pecans and loads of banana flavor.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 152 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas , mashed
  • 1/3- cup melted butter
  • 1/2- cup Truvia baking sweetener OR 3/4-cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-1/2 cup white whole wheat flour OR all-purpose flour
  • 1/2- cup chopped pecans (you can also use walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins, etc...)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 4×8 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas and butter; using a wooden spoon, mix the melted butter into the mashed bananas until thoroughly combined.
  4. Stir in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  5. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix well.
  6. Add in the flour and carefully mix the batter.
  7. Fold in the pecans.
  8. Pour the mixture into previously prepared loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.
  11. Cut and serve.
Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 5

Nutrition Facts
Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Potassium 129mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 3.1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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47 Responses
  1. Aren’t Amelia’s Spicing pecans great? Mike asked us to do some photography for them and when he sent us the product he ended having to send us another jar of the cinnamon ones because Adam ate almost all of them the day we received them. Great use of them in the banana bread, I’m sure it’s fabulous!

  2. Look at the color and the shape of the bread!!
    just by looking at the pic and read the recipe, I’m sure I loves this one kind of banana bread kate 🙂
    I loves banana bread fr breakfast, it’s good with a cup of coffe, don’t u agree?
    tq fr sharing the recipe kate!! 😉

  3. Thanks again Katrina for posting your wonderful Banana Bread with my, er, Amelia’s Spicing Pecans. You took one of the most popular ideas for the cinnamon pecans that I have heard people remark; “Hey this would be great with … banana nut bread”, and made it extraordinary. Thanks again.

    Plus, I would like to offer anyone of your readers an opportunity to sample these for themselves. If they’d like to write me at spicingpecans at gmail dot com, I will be glad to send them one of my small business card samples. Of course if they just want to get some for the holidays … they can their choice between (the phantom) Herb, Hot, Cinnamon, or Coffee flavors … and if they mention Diethood I’ll give them $2 off each/every jar.

    Thanks again Kate … You’re awesome!

  4. oooh, love the pecans in the banana bread! In this house, it’s hard to make anything with bananas, as they get eaten so quickly. I don’t blame you for hiding them!

  5. You know how we feel about our banana bread! We’ve left the nuts out of our loaves on the quest, but I do think that this would be delicious. In fact, you gave me a great idea – I can use my candied pecans after the holidays in a banana bread. Thanks Kate!

  6. Ha-I can completely understand how the herb nuts disappeared as well as the bread! Sometimes it is hard to save things for baking, but I am glad you spared the cinnamon pecans for this bread. Banana bread is something I never refuse and I can put away some sweet pecan bread if I am not careful…but this? This maybe the beginning of an addiction…yum!

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