Miso Pecan Banana Bread Recipe (2024)

By Bryan Washington

Updated Jan. 19, 2024

Miso Pecan Banana Bread Recipe (1)

Total Time
2 hours, plus cooling
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This banana bread is a formidable treat: moist on the inside, with a crunchy bite around the edges. Banana bread may have emerged to prominence around the 1930’s — in the midst of the U.S.’s Great Depression, alongside the urge to economize recipes and the emergence of widespread baking powder usage — but the dish is now a global mainstay. It’s just as satisfying over coffee in the morning, as a quick bite for lunch or shared over a scoop of ice cream after dinner. The crunch of pecans complements the bread’s softness. Miso adds complexity alongside the banana’s sweetness. Be sure to utilize the ripest bananas you can find because it really will make a difference. This banana bread can hold for several days on the counter or in the fridge, if you have any left.

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Yield:One 9- to 10-inch loaf

  • ½teaspoon vegetable oil, plus more for pan
  • 1cup/120 grams pecans
  • 1teaspoon fine sea or table salt
  • 2cups/256 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½teaspoon baking soda
  • ½teaspoon baking powder
  • ½cup/113 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1cup/220 grams packed brown sugar
  • 2large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3tablespoons milk
  • 2tablespoons white miso
  • 1tablespoon honey
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4very ripe bananas, mashed (1¾ cups/358 grams)

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Nutritional analysis per serving (14 servings)

283 calories; 14 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 6 grams monounsaturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 37 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams dietary fiber; 19 grams sugars; 4 grams protein; 213 milligrams sodium

Note: The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Miso Pecan Banana Bread Recipe (2)


  1. Step


    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9- or 10-inch loaf tin, then line the base with parchment paper.

  2. Step


    Toss pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet with salt and oil. Bake until fragrant, 7 to 10 minutes. When cool, chop to your desired consistency.

  3. While the pecans cool, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder in a medium bowl.

  4. Step


    In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar using an electric mixer until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in eggs, milk, miso, honey and vanilla extract until well-combined. Gradually beat in dry ingredients until just combined.

  5. Step


    Using a spatula, stir bananas into the batter to combine evenly. Add half of the pecans (and any salt on the pan) to the batter and mix to combine evenly throughout. Add batter to the loaf pan, smoothing when complete. Sprinkle the remaining pecans evenly on top.

  6. Step


    Bake until a wooden skewer inserted in several areas around the center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes. Tent with foil if it starts to darken too much on top before the middle is baked through.

  7. Step


    Let bread sit in tin for 10 minutes before removing and setting on a rack to cool for 60 minutes. Serve with coffee, ice cream or entirely by itself.



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When you buy bananas, buy one or two more than you need. Put the last bananas, all brown and spotty, in the freezer, skin and all. On the morning that you bake, thaw out the bananas on a plate in the refigerator. When baking, cut off the stems. Squeeze the thawed bananas into the batter like a tube of toothpaste. Perfect!The point of this is that you can decide this morning to make banana bread tonight, and not have to start thinking about it on Monday for Friday.Thanks, Alton Brown.

lou ann

Be careful with the salt here: miso is very salty. I used half the stated amount and still found it a bit too salty. This makes a beautiful, tasty loaf of bread/cake 😉

Sara Schoenwetter

I assume a 9-inch loaf pan is a standard 9"x5" pan, but what are the other measurements of the 10-inch loaf pan? Perhaps pan sizes should be offered with volume measurements (in cups) to facilitate conversion to pan size on hand.


I too am lowering carbs in my baking and have found that if you keep almond flour at 1/3 or less it turns out perfectly!


My grandmother added one step to maximize the banana flavor. She put the bananas in a 350 degree oven on a greased baking sheet for 25-30 minutes. Once cooled, she added them to the batter. And she always said to use more bananas than a recipe called for because with her baked banana method you would lose a little moisture. Her final secret was a big spoonful of malt syrup instead of any honey, molasses or added sugar.

Stephanie Galinson

Tasty, with miso but the instructions are way too complicated for a simple quick bread. Try this: Melt butter. Mash bananas in big bowl, add all wet ingredients and stir. Mix dry ingredients together and add to wet. Mix just until combined. Done! Note: the amount of cinnamon seems high--overpowers nut flavor. Reduce by half, or omit.


Make sure you use white miso, which is mildest. As they darken they get much more flavorful and pungent.


Yes you can reduce it to 1/3 of a cup. I don't like overly sweet baked goods so always use as little as possible. I think it tastes much better with less sugar. Bananas themselves are very sweet.


I make a lot of recipes on this site vegan. For baking I substitute-flax seed eggs or egg replacer powder instead of eggs(1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (ground raw flaxseed) plus2 1/2 Tbsp water mixed together and let sit for 5-10 min. Replaces 1 egg)-vegan butter (like earth balance or miyokos) for dairy butter-plant based milk of choice for dairy milk (I like to use oat or coconut)-agave or maple syrup instead of honeyHope that helps!


Made as written, except that I reduced the brown sugar by 1/3, and forgot the honey. I probably used a bit less salt on the pecans too. It's one of the best banana breads I have ever had! Not too sweet, very moist. Wow.


There are other issues than taste when you cut back sugar, but I find that you can decrease the sugar by a third w/o any noticeable impact.


If you’re going to use the whole banana (skin included) you’ll want to use organic bananas IMO, since all conventional bananas are treated with pesticides and often fumigated.


Bananas should be the star! Too much sugar and the cinnamon and the nutmeg are unnecessary as flavor here, you want the taste of the bananas, really, plus the nuts, both pecans or walnuts work.


1/3 cup brown sugar and butter. Use white miso.

Amanda P

So many things! Just type miso in to the NYT Cooking search and you'll have so many options. My favorite is the miso maple syrup sauce on salmon. Mmmm.


Delicious- I scaled down 1/3 by measuring in grams x .66 because I had only 2 bananas and it worked perfectly. I lowered salt as one comment suggested (yes) and might even lower more, and think I would leave out the honey next time - it was a little too sweet for my taste, which might be a chemical reaction to a lot of sodium. But a real winner.


Used 1/2 cup brown sugar and then sprinkled some on top before baking. Excellent.


Meh. I was excited to try this, but unimpressed with the result. I make banana bread every week and like to try different recipes. This seemed drier and more “sandy” in texture than I prefer. I dropped the cinnamon and nutmeg and tried cardamom instead, which was okay, but overall the miso flavor made it taste too salty and didn’t add much other than that. And the salted pecans were yummy…but they always are!


Delicious!!! The flavors in this are perfect. I was making waffles the other day and added banana miso cinnamon and nutmeg to the mix… incredible. Will always make this recipe and adapt to other things as well.


This was a project, but well worth it in the outcome for taste.For some reason, it did not agree with me, which made me sad, as it tastes so good! I don't generally have food allergies.IDK what it was, everyone else in my family/realm who ate it loved it!Just a thought.


I split the recipe into 5 mini loaf aluminum tins (greasing the bottom and the sides and not using parchment paper to line). Makes for great little mini banana bread loaf gifts for friends and family! Added 1/2 cup extra pecans and 6 oz of chocolate chips.


Delicious! Made this with 100g light brown 40g coconut sugar, I think the coconut sugar complements the banana very well. The miso and toasted pecans are a very nice touch— It doesn’t taste like miso, but it definitely adds depth. I baked this in a 6-cup bundt pan, it’s the perfect amount.


I used raw sugar instead of brown, cause that's what I had, and except for the butter/sugar mash (what a pain!), don't think it made a difference. Froze the bananas (green - less sugar than ripe), and that worked great! Used 2 cups pecans (which I just browned on the stove - no salt), and it's wonderfully nutty! Sprinkled the raw sugar on top before baking, and it's a lovely sweet crunch on the top! Excellent recipe!


No mention of number of bananas? What's up?


This is amazing. I have made a gluten-free for some of my family members and it’s just as good. The white miso in the tub is better than the squeeze tube kind! Everyone in my family loves banana bread, and this is now my go to recipe!


Absolutely delicious. Don't need to salt the pecans that much and you don't need 1 cup of sugar. 2/3 cup is perfectly fine. Might have just become my go to banana bread honestly!


I don't like bananas, I intended to make this for my son (who likes bananas) with his Dad's leftover bananas. This tasted awesome, I can barely taste the bananas, my son will have to fight me for the rest of this loaf.


Following adjustments netted in banana bread perfection:- used 2/3 amount of light brown sugar called for- halved cinnamon & nutmeg- weighed the bananas & ended up using 5 small(ish) ones - baked for 1:15A lot of steps for banana bread, but it sure was tasty in an elevated way.


Truly fantastic. The miso deepens the flavor, and the pecans sprinkled on top lend the perfect crunchy texture. Definitely recommend exactly as written!


Great recipe! Made these without nuts for my kids and put in muffin tins. Cooked for 38 minutes.

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