Maple Pecan Banana Bread (video)

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Seriously amazing maple pecan banana bread recipe! My easy banana bread recipe is sweetened with maple syrup, which gives the bread so much great flavor and a mouthwatering aroma! This bread is extra moist and delicious, not too sweet, and dotted with crunchy pecans! Plus, add a simple maple glaze on the top for even more maple flavor! I love this recipe and usually make a double batch since it’s gone in no time!

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Ingredients for Maple Banana Bread

You’ll love how simple and easy this bread is to make! It takes just 10 minutes to this pecan banana bread into the oven! Here are the main ingredients you’ll need to make it:

  • Bananas: use extra ripe and soft bananas for the best tasting bread! Ripe bananas will add lots of flavor and more sweetness compared to green bananas. Plus, they’re easier to mash!
  • Butter: use softened unsalted or salted butter for this recipe. If you’re using salted butter, omit the salt from the ingredient list.
  • Maple Syrup: I love to use maple syrup for baking because it adds lots of flavor! I recommend using only pure maple syrup for the best results.
  • Maple Syrup Extract: this incredibly aromatic and flavorful extract is optional, but if you’re able to get it, you’re going to love the flavor it adds!
  • Greek Yogurt: use regular, not low-fat yogurt, or sour cream, for best results. This will make the bread more moist and fluffy.
  • All-Purpose Flour, Baking Soda & Baking Powder: make sure to sift the dry ingredients into the banana bread batter.
  • Pecans: diced pecans are a great crunchy and nutty addition this recipe! Diced walnuts, almonds and even macadamia nuts will also work well.
  • Confectioner’s Sugar: for making the optional maple glaze.

Using Maple Syrup in Baking

I love using pure maple syrup in my baking and cooking recipes, like this maple pecan banana bread and other recipe such as my Maple Pecan Cake and Maple Berry Cake! It adds so much great flavor and it’s especially delicious for fall dessert recipes! For this bread recipe, I used a combination of both maple syrup and sugar. If you wish to make a slightly less sweet bread, you can omit the white granulated sugar altogether. Or, if you don’t have maple syrup, replace it with the same amount of sugar.

a loaf of banana bread with pecans and maple glaze, on a tray with pecans and bananas

How to Make Maple Pecan Banana Bread

You’re just a few minutes away from your kitchen being filled with the most incredible, mouthwatering aroma! Here’s how I make this maple banana bread with pecans:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350F/177C. Spray the sides of an 8 ½-inch loaf pan with a baking spray and line the sides with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar for a few minutes, until the butter is light and fluffy. Next, add in the eggs and mix again for a few minutes, until the eggs are well beaten.
  3. Add in the maple syrup, vanilla and maple extracts, and the Greek yogurt next. Mix one more time so that the batter is creamy. Because this recipe uses butter, the batter might look a little separated at this point. Don’t worry about the texture, it will come together once you add the flour!
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the batter, then mix for about 1 minute, just until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Mash 1 ½ to 2 ripe bananas in a bowl using a fork, then add the mashed banana and ½ cup of diced pecans into the batter. Use a spatula to fold everything together.
  6. Transfer the banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan, then top with the remaining ¼ cup diced pecans. Bake the bread at 350F for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove the bread from the loaf pan and allow it cool on a wire rack. Don’t let the bread cool in the pan! This will cause it to sweat and become heavy.
sliced maple pecan banana bread on a tray

Adding a Maple Glaze

If you love the flavor of maple syrup, you’ll love the simple glaze I love to add to this bread! Just combine a cup of confectioner’s sugar with a few tablespoons of maple syrup and a few tablespoons of cream or milk and whisk everything together. To make a thinner glaze, simply add more liquids. Spoon the glaze over the warm bread and let it stand for about 5 minutes before slicing the bread.

Serving & Storing Suggestions

I love to enjoy this banana maple bread while it’s still warm with a cup of coffee or tea! You can even add a touch of salted, softened butter to the bread to make it even more rich and delicious!

To store the bread, allow it to cool down completely for a few hours first. Place it onto a tray and wrap it well with plastic wrap. You can keep the bread at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for a week. Not that it’s going to last that long!!

a loaf of banana bread with pecans and maple glaze, on a tray

More Recipes!

Enjoyed this easy recipe for my maple pecan banana bread? Check out some of my other easy recipes you’re sure to enjoy!

  • Banana Nut Bars – soft and delicious bread bars topped with cream cheese icing! This recipe has been in my family for 20 years!!
  • Banoffee Cake – the most delicious banana cake recipe, with caramel sauce, pecans and cream cheese frosting!
  • Banana Cream Cake Roll – delicate banana swiss roll cake with pecans and cream cheese frosting!
  • Almond Cherry Bread – this moist and delicious bread is dotted with sweet cherries and crunchy almonds!
  • Orange Cranberry Bread – I love this easy bread for the fall, with tart cranberries, orange zest and an easy glaze!

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Supplies/Tools

Need some supplies or tools to make this delicious bread recipe? You can get them here online (Amazon Affiliate Links):

  • Maple Syrup Extract – this is one of my all-time favorite flavorings! It adds so much great flavor!
  • Non-Stick Loaf Pan – I recommend buying loaf pans in sets of 2. These have great handles on the sides for easier removal from the oven!
  • KitchenAid Hand Mixer – I love this small and powerful mixer for small jobs, like this recipe.
  • Pure Maple Syrup – pure syrup is a natural sweetener without any additives!
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Easy Maple Pecan Banana Bread (video)

15 mins prep + 55 mins cook
10 servings
Super easy and delicious, moist banana bread with maple syrup and crunchy pecans! Plus, maple glaze for the top!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temp
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar, optional
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, or sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup extract, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup diced pecans, divided
  • 1 cup mashed bananas, about 1 1/2 to 2 fruits

For Maple Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 to 3 tbps cream or milk

Instructions

  • Start by preheating your oven to 350F/177C. Spray the sides of an 8 ½-inch or 9-inch (22-cm) loaf pan with a baking spray and line the sides with parchment paper. You can also butter and flour the pan instead of the baking spray.

Baking the Banana Bread:

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar for a few minutes, until the butter is light and fluffy. Next, add in the eggs and mix again for a few minutes, until the eggs are well beaten.
  • Add in the maple syrup, vanilla and maple extracts, and the Greek yogurt next. Mix one more time so that the batter is creamy. Because this recipe uses butter, the batter might look a little separated at this point. Don’t worry about the texture, it will come together once you add the flour!
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the batter, then mix for about 1 minute, just until a smooth batter forms.
  • Mash 1 ½ to 2 ripe bananas in a bowl using a fork, then add the mashed banana and ½ cup of diced pecans into the batter. Use a spatula to fold everything together.

Making the Batter:

  • Transfer the banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan, then top with the remaining ¼ cup diced pecans. Bake the bread at350F for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the bread from the loaf pan and allow it cool on a wire rack. Don’t let the bread cool in the pan! This will cause it to sweat and become heavy.

For Maple Glaze:

  • Just combine a cup of confectioner’s sugar with a few tablespoons of maple syrup and a few tablespoons of cream or milk and whisk everything together. To make a thinner glaze, simply add more liquids. Spoon the glaze over the warm bread and let it stand for about 5 minutes before slicing the bread.

Serving & Storing:

  • I love to enjoy this banana maple bread while it’s still warm with a cup of coffee or tea! You can even add a touch of salted, softened butter to the bread to make it even more rich and delicious!
  • To store the bread, allow it to cool down completely for a few hours first. Place it onto a tray and wrap it well with plastic wrap. You can keep the bread at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for a week. Not that it’s going to last that long!!

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg