Starbucks Banana Bread


The Starbucks banana bread is seriously yummy. It is super moist, and this delicious sweet bread comes loaded with healthy bananas and walnuts. Its texture and flavors are both amazing. You will also get a bit of a buttery taste here because of the presence of buttermilk. For the best result, make sure to use ripe bananas always.

coycat starbuck's banana bread

The banana bread is perfect as a dessert. It also goes very well with your morning cup of coffee or a quick and light breakfast when you have to rush to work. It will be a healthy breakfast as well because of the presence of bananas and walnuts. However, if you want, you can make this bread without walnuts as well. It is optional.

Prepare this Starbucks banana bread copycat recipe at home. It is easy and quick. You will require only a few simple ingredients, which are all easily available. Many years back, Starbucks came out with cards where they featured the recipe for this cake that they sold in their shops. The copycat cake recipe here is from these notes.


Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse chain in the world with more than 30,000 shops in 70 plus countries. In the United States alone, they operate from more than 15,000 locations. Internationally, they have the maximum number of shops in China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Mexico, UAE, Turkey, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia. They also run food trucks from many places.

They sell caffe latte, espresso, teas, juices, pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, pre-packaged food items, and snacks that include crackers and chips. Starbucks is headquartered at Seattle in the United States.

How To Make Starbucks Banana Bread at Home

The banana bread sold at Starbucks is yummy and nutty. The recipe here is the original, as published by Starbucks themselves many years back. Make it at home by following these directions. You will have the same cake that you can buy at their shops.

Starbucks Banana Bread

4 from 8 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Starbucks are mostly famous for their coffee but the Starbucks banana bread is a hidden gem on their menu. So much that we’ve made a copycat recipe.


  • 1 teaspoon 1 of baking soda

  • 2 cups 2 of all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg

  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt

  • ½ cup of vegetable oil

  • 1 cup 1 and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons 2 of buttermilk

  • 2/3 cup 2/3 of walnuts, chopped, optional

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F if you are using a glass pan or to 350 degrees F if you want to use your nonstick pan.
  • Grease your loaf pan. Dust with flour.
  • Whisk together the baking soda, flour, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the sugar, vegetable oil, and egg in another bowl. Combine well.
  • Now, add this to your flour mixture. Combine well by mixing.
  • Mix in the vanilla, buttermilk, and the mashed bananas. Combine well.
  • Fold in half cup of the chopped walnuts (optional).
  • Pour the batter into your loaf pan.
  • Add the remaining chopped walnuts, if using, on the batter.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes.
  • Let it cool for 10 minutes on your wire rack.
  • Take out from the pan.
  • Slice and serve warm. You can also serve with some butter.


  • Make sure that the bananas you are using are ripe to get the best flavor. Their skin must be almost black. The peel must fall off easily. Avoid using frozen bananas. The bananas gather extra moisture when you freeze them. The moisture will still be there even after you have thawed them. This can make your cake messy.
  • Some people are allergic to walnuts. You can refrain from using them if you want. It is optional. If you want, you can also use chocolate chips instead of walnuts.

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Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 328, Carbohydrates 48g, Cholesterol 16mg, Total Fat 24g, Protein 4g, Sugar 24g, Fiber 1g, Sodium 178mg, Potassium 189mg

Tips and Tricks

  • You can whip up the ingredients in a mixing bowl. However, you can also use a hand mixer or a stand mixer.
  • Measure using a scale. You can also measure by spooning the flour into a cup. Alternatively, use the scoop and sweep method. But do ensure that you are stirring the flour well.
  • If you store properly, the banana bread will maintain best quality for up to 2-3 months. Keep it frozen at 0°F. In fact, it will actually taste the best if you allow it to sit overnight.

What to Do If You Don’t Have a Loaf Pan

If you don’t have a loaf pan, then bake your bread in a 9×9 cake pan. This will save you time. The baking time will come down to 20 minutes. Also, you don’t have to worry about undercooking the center or overcooking the edges. The baking will always be even as this is not a loaf.

What Is the Difference Between a Banana Cake and Bread?

A cake usually requires the use of a different type of flour. To make the banana cake, you will need to use a soft, wheat flour, which means, it has less glutens than your banana bread. Also, yeast is used to make the cake, while you make the banana bread with baking powder.

Why Baking Soda Is Used in the Banana Bread

Baking soda and baking powder will both produce carbon dioxide, which will raise the baked products. It is the leavening agent here. Baking soda will work best together with an acidic ingredient. In your banana bread, this could be molasses, brown sugar, buttermilk, or the bananas. You will find the last two ingredients in this recipe.

You can still make this bread at home even if you cannot use a leavening agent like baking soda for some reason. However, this will make your banana bread very dense.


The Starbucks walnut banana bread is a hot favorite and for good reasons too. It is very yummy, moist, and has rich texture and flavors. You will certainly enjoy having this. Just follow this copycat recipe, as originally revealed by Starbucks themselves.

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