Once upon a time, maybe 10 years or more, while at Starbucks not only did I get my drink, but they also had a recipe for their banana bread. I have no idea what happened to that recipe, so when I saw this, I tucked it away for safe keeping.
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/8 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp buttermilk (or milk, sour cream, or Greek yogurt)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 very ripened bananas, mashed
1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using either nonstick spray, parchment paper, and/ or both, prepare 8×5 loaf pan; set aside.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, & cinnamon until combined.
In another bowl whisk together oil, egg, sugar, & vanilla extract until combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients & mix well. Mixture will be thick. Add in the mashed bananas & buttermilk & mix until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in half of the walnuts into batter.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle remaining walnuts evenly on top of batter. Place on center rack & back for 60-75 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
Notes: I like walnuts studded throughout the bread, not only on top. If you prefer only on top, simply use a 1/2 cup. And, of course, if you’re not a fan of nuts, feel free to omit them altogether.
Adapted slightly from: https://butteryourbiscuit.com/starbucks-copycat-banana-bread/