Caramelized Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Think of this as a breakfast bread version of bananas Foster. Crowned with golden Caramelized Banana halves and offering a hint of cinnamon flavor, this loaf is all about taking the banana to the nth power of sweetness. 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Caramelized Banana Bread
Makes 1 (8½x4½-inch) loaf
  • 1⅔ cups (209 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 grams) baking powder
  • 1⅛ cups (255 grams) mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
  • ¾ cup (165 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup plus 2 teaspoons (86 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) sour cream
  • 2 large eggs (100 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground cinnamon
  • Caramelized Banana (recipe follows)
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C). Lightly spray a 8½x4½-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, whisk together mashed banana, brown sugar, melted butter, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Fold flour mixture into banana mixture just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Place Caramelized Banana halves, cut side up, on top of batter.
  3. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Caramelized Banana
Makes about 2 halves
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 medium banana (124 grams), halved lengthwise
  1. In a small skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Gently press brown sugar onto each cut side of banana. Place bananas, cut side down, in skillet; cook until bananas are golden brown and caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes. Gently turn, and cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; set aside until ready to use.


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  1. This has to be the best and I. Ran the absolute best Banana Bread.
    I never comment online. But I had to say thank you. So moist, and full of flavor. I made mini loaves and added mini chocolate chips to some of them.
    Thank you. Next time I make this goodness I will add walnuts.

  2. Just tried this recipe out and let me tell you it’s amazing! I added 1 more banana to the batter and it turned out amazing! So so moist and delicious! Next time I’ll try adding walnuts. I did though have to restart the caramelised banana because it burnt, definitely cook it for only 2-3 minutes and use 1 Tablespoon of butter instead. I found the measurements made a lot of caramel in the pan that was kind of soupy. The second banana try turned out perfectly though. Great recipe, thank you xxx.

  3. The taste is delicious. I used a little more banana and it was all good. Don’t use a very ripe banana to caramelize. After it baked, the banana was mushy so the top appearance was fair. I put the extra caramel on top before I baked it too..


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