This Maple Walnut Banana Bread is a sugar-free quick bread, sweetened only with pure maple syrup. Its delicious banana flavor is complemented by the lightly sugared walnuts that top the loaf. This recipe definitely belongs on your list of banana breads to try!

If you’ve been looking for something to do with some over-ripe bananas, then you have found your final destination! Maple Walnut Banana Bread was the perfect solution for me take my mashed bananas and create a few loaves of this aromatic and delicious bread. This bread is perfect for a snack, with a cup of coffee, or even to pack up in someone’s lunch box!

Sugar-Free Maple Syrup Banana Bread with Walnut Topping

Why I make Maple Walnut Banana Bread

There are two main reasons I make this recipe. One, I grew up in Northern NY where maple syrup flows a lot like water in a running brook. There are plenty of maple syrup producers from my hometown. My dad made syrup for a while, and I have other family members who still make it every year. It’s the best stuff in the world and if you have never tried it, you are completely missing out! I guess I would have to say maple syrup runs in my blood!

Another reason I will make a loaf or two of this bread is because Grumpy absolutely loves banana bread. And, I love that it is a sugar-free quick bread only sweetened with pure maple syrup. I am known to buy extra bananas just to let them get overripe so I can make a few loaves!

Troubleshooting your Maple Walnut Banana Bread recipe

Does it matter what type of flour I use in this banana bread recipe?

Yes, the type of flour you use can affect the end result. All-purpose flour is the best type to use for this banana bread. If for instance, you were to use cake flour, then you would be changing the element of the recipe and you may have a gummy result with the bread.

How do I know when my banana bread is done?

First of all, the top of the loaf should not be wet. If it is, it’s not done. I test for doneness on the inside of the loaf by inserting a toothpick into the loaf. If it comes out clean, or with a few crumbs, I consider it done.A loaf of bread with the end piece cut off showing the inside of the loaf.

Why did my banana bread turn out heavy and rubbery?

It is likely you over mixed it. Banana Bread is a quick bread and should be treated more like a muffin when blending the ingredients. You should “fold” the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Not beat.

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two slices of maple walnut banana bread on a tan round plate.

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Maple Walnut Banana Bread
Yield: 12 slices

Maple Walnut Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Maple Walnut Banana Bread is a sugar-free quick bread made with pure maple syrup and topped with walnuts prior to baking.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, mix the melted butter and maple syrup. Beat in the egg and bananas, leaving a few small chunks. Stir in the maple extract and milk.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir into the banana mixture until just moistened. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan. Mix the nuts and sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the batter.

Bake 50 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Cool on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and finish cooling. When completely cool, slice and serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 233Carbohydrates 33gFiber 1.2gProtein 3.5g

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