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Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

sliced Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze on a white serving plate

It seems I’m always on the hunt for a new banana bread recipe. I’m sure I’m not the only one who ends up with overripe bananas and hates to see them go to waste. So, I am constantly collecting recipes and thinking of some twist to put on banana bread. I love making banana nut bread when I’m in the mood for a bit of crunch! And this recipe for caramelized banana bread is now in regular rotation – the flavor is out of this world.

With my most recent batch of overripe bananas, I looked through my banana bread recipe collection and settled on this one that features both caramelized bananas and a brown butter glaze. And, a little rum for good measure. Around here, all of that combined is pretty much irresistible.

Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze is a delicious quick bread full of big flavor! - Bake or Break

I am amazed that I had never caramelized bananas before now. It’s so simple and adds so much flavor. All you need are three ingredients and about five minutes. I am already imagining the possibilities of those amped-up bananas in other delicious things.

The glaze is not required, but I highly recommend it. I’ve been a bit obsessed with brown butter recently. I hope you don’t mind. It’s such a simple step that makes a big flavor difference. I do offer one little bit of advice when you make the glaze. It doesn’t take long to brown such a small amount of butter, so stay close to the stovetop or you may go from browned to burned before you know it.

With caramel, rum, and brown butter, this banana bread is a bit more decadent than most. It may be better suited for a coffee break or even dessert than for breakfast. But, that works for me.

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Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

Yield 12 to 14 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze is a delicious quick bread full of big flavor!

sliced Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze on a white serving plate


For the bread:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 2 large eggs

For the glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons half-and-half


To make the bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9"x 5" loaf pan.
  2. Place butter in a skillet. Melt over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and bananas, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer cooled banana mixture to a large bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until smooth.
  5. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  6. Combine buttermilk, canola oil, rum, and eggs in a large bowl.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture in 3 or 4 portions, alternating with buttermilk mixture. Mix just until combined.
  8. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 1 hour, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  9. Cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, remove bread from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

  1. Place butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until it begins to brown.
  2. Remove butter from heat. Add confectioners' sugar and half-and-half. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Drizzle glaze over bread. Allow to stand until the glaze sets.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

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    28 Comments on “Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze”

  1. Oh wow I’ve never had a caramelized banana bread. I am actually one of those people that has to buy bananas in extreme excess in order to have enough brown ones to bake with, because I eat them every day!

  2. Caramel, rum, and brown butter?! This sounds incredible! I didn’t know there was any way to make banana bread MORE decadent, but you’ve definitely done so. Can’t wait to try this next time I have some overripe bananas!

  3. Oh my goodness! Caramelized bananas AND rum?! And the glaze looks outrageous. Yummmmm!

  4. You always have me sold with “brown butter” in the title. I gave some of the brown butter blondies to my bus driver and the next time I saw him he was like “what was IN those cookies???” HAHA Between browned butter and raw cacao nibs, people tend to think I am some kind of wizard with baking. The caramelized bananas just make this one go over the top too. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. This is in the oven as I write. I didn’t have any rum so substituted Buttershotz and vanilla paste. Making this for hubby. Though I’m not a fan of banana bread, I have to tell you, it smells pretty fantastic!! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  6. This is like banana bread on steroids. Really wonderful, delicious steroids. I used up my ripe bananas in a batch of banana flax muffins last night, but you can bet I’ll be trying this recipe the next time I have ripe bananas looking for a purpose!

  7. Regular banana bread is already pretty tasty so you have to know that with caramelized bananas it’s going to be off the charts! Love this!

  8. Banana bread has been a long time favorite quick bread. Anxious to try the caramelized version!

  9. Jennifer,
    Your banana bread looks scrumptious! I gotta try it. Pinned.

  10. caramelized bananas.


  11. I’ve been looking for a good banana bread recipe. I think this is going to be a winner! How could it not be with caramelized bananas and a brown butter glaze. Oh my!

  12. This looks amazing!! But I’m a bit stumped as to what ‘half and half’ is!? xo

    • Hi, Abbey! Half and half is a mixture of 50% milk and 50% cream. It’s sold in the refridgerated section along with the regular milk. It’s delicious!

    • Hi, Abbey. Kendall is exactly right. If you can’t get half-and-half, you substitute cream or milk. You may have to adjust the amount to get the glaze to the right consistency, as cream is thicker than half-and-half which is thicker than milk.

  13. I think you just perfected banana bread by putting a brown butter glaze on it! I’m always in the looks for a banana bread too! Gonna try this one this afternoon, I have 5 freckled banana’s begging to be used!

  14. I love banana bread and it is one of the best ways to use up bananas that have gone past their best. Last night I made a new chocolate and banana loaf – looking forward to trying this one though. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Wow, I wish I could reach in and grab a piece of this! The glaze is to die for! I am always searching for new banana recipes to try too and I will have to try this one next 🙂

  16. I absolutely love when I have overripe bananas and get to make banana bread but yours puts regular banana bread to shame. That brown butter glaze is pure genius!! I loooooove brown butter anything. Making this asap.

  17. Made this bread yesterday – came out wonderful – love the glaze, has great texture and lovely banana taste! I live at 7000 feet in New Mexico so I increased the temperature by 5 degrees. I think cooking banana before intensifys the flavor – will definitely make again!

  18. I can’t wait to make this, it’s sort of a Bananas Foster bread. That’s definitely a favorite here so this may not last long enough to cool!

  19. You had a recipe for a bread awhile back that contained cia seed, flax seed, Phyllis husk, etc. I can’t find it again. Will you please post it or email to me. Thanks.

  20. This looks so delicious! Thank you for submitting to YG – I am sharing on FB today as it is National #bananabread Day!

  21. What would be a workable substitute for the rum?

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