Carrot Banana Bread

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Carrot banana bread is incredibly easy and, you won’t have to decide whether to make banana bread or carrot cake. It is the best of both worlds, banana bread with a filling of carrots, walnuts, and coconut in a moist, deluxe batter.

Carrots from the garden add that simple home-cooked taste to so many classic recipes like carrot cake cupcakes or creamy carrot salad. With this recipe, you can also use up those bananas that stayed on the counter a little too long.

Slices of carrot banana bread with squares of butter

Ingredients in Carrot Banana Bread

  • Bananas and Carrots make for a taste-of-home blend of sweetness and garden-fresh goodness and heaps of moisture.
  • Chopped Walnuts add a savory crunch and turn this into a hearty bread that will keep you going for hours! Walnuts are excellent brain food, so this is a good dessert to pack in your kid’s lunches.
  • Flaked Coconut adds an extra layer of flavor. You can use shredded coconut, but flaked coconut is a nice texture alongside the shredded carrots.
  • Mayonnaise?! It might seem strange, but mayonnaise is the secret ingredient and adds so much moisture to this cake! It is really just eggs and oil, which is put into cakes all the time.

Ingredients for carrot banana bread in a glass bowl

How To Make Banana Carrot Bread

This simple banana carrot bread recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Mash bananas with mayo and egg. If using frozen bananas, allow them to defrost before starting the cake.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and stir in the banana mixture just until incorporated. Over-mixing can cause  quick bread to become too dense and heavy, so don’t worry about mixing “perfectly.”
  3. Fold in the nuts and pour into the prepared pan.

That’s all there is to it!

Carrot banana bread in a loaf pan

The Best Way to Store It

Carrot Banana bread will keep on the counter wrapped in foil, saran wrap, or in an airtight container for a few days. You can extend the expiry date by keeping it in the fridge for up to a week.

Personally, I like to keep it wrapped in foil on the counter. And to be honest, it’s not going to last a week in my house anyway! It will disappear into hungry tummies long before unless I hide it in the freezer!

To Freeze

Carrot Banana bread is one of those wonderful foods that freeze beautifully. I like to cut it into slices and wrap them individually in wax paper with a layer of foil on top. Then all I have to do is pull it out and pop it in the kid’s lunch for a healthy and delicious treat!

Or, freeze it whole and take it out when you have guests you were too busy to bake for. Top it with cream cheese frosting, and it will taste just as good or better than it did on the day you made it!

More Delicious Quick Breads

Did your family love this Banana Carrot Bread? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

Slices of carrot banana bread with squares of butter
5 from 72 votes
Review Recipe

Carrot Banana Bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
This is the best of both worlds, banana bread with a filling of carrots, walnuts, and coconut in a moist, deluxe batter.


  • 3 medium bananas mashed
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup walnuts chopped
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup carrots shredded

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x4 pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine mashed bananas, mayonnaise and egg in a small bowl.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in banana mixture just until moistened.
  • Fold in walnut, coconut and carrots.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 189, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 268mg, Potassium: 165mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 936IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Bread, Dessert
Cuisine American
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Carrot banana bread in a loaf pan and on parchment paper with butter and a title
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  1. Delicious! As mentioned by another reviewer of this recipe, I added cinnamon, ginger, clove & nutmeg. I omitted the walnuts only because my husband doesn’t care for them. My picky family absolutely loved this bread. I’m definitely making this again when I have more bananas. Next time I’ll make two so I can include walnuts in one of them!5 stars

  2. I haven’t made it yet, but I sure will…we love banana bread of any kind and we love carrot cake so this must be tried!

  3. I made this in place of my usual recipe. I love the addition of the carrots and coconut. Very moist bread!5 stars

  4. Hi! Lovely recipe, thank you for posting. I added 2tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, and 1/4 tsp each of clove and nutmeg. I also made as muffins to more readily share with neighbors as a little surprise during tough times. They were fantastic! I am not a baker, and these came out great.

  5. This was really easy to make and turned out really well. I added everything except mayo I substituted with Greek yogurt and 2 Tbsp of coconut oil.5 stars

  6. Fantastic banana/carrot bread. Was hard to find unsweetened coconut flakes, at last found it on Amazon & glad cause sweetened coconut would have made the bread really sweet. Used light mayo & made it in 9 x 5 loaf pan.

    This is a keeper in my bread recipe file.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe.5 stars

  7. I have not tried this recipe yet but looking forward to trying it soon. Should I use self-rising or plain flour?

    1. Hi Elvina, thawed frozen bananas should work just fine in this recipe. As for the coconut you can use whichever you prefer, we used unsweetened flaked coconut for ours.

  8. This really is the best banana nut bread ever. The first time, I doubled the recipe and it didn’t last but a day because I shared it with relatives. This time, I tripled the recipe and I have to say, it’s only because I’m nice that I share it with extended family. It’s that good.5 stars

  9. OMG, this sounds super delicious! We love everything that’s baked with bananas, and we also LOVE carrot cake, so I’m sure we’ll really love this. I like that it’s so easy to make….no mixer involved. I’ll definitely be making this very soon. Thanks :-)

    1. Hi Barbara, we have only tried this recipe as written but would love to hear how it turns out with almond flour!