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Dulce de Leche Banana Bread

sliced Dulce de Leche Banana Bread on a white platter

Homemade banana bread is one of my favorite treats. I’ll take it for breakfast, a snack, or most any time. I don’t need a lot of additions to it to enjoy it fully, although I do like changing up my standard banana bread from time to time to keep things interesting.

A craving for something a little different is what leads us to this Dulce de Leche Banana Bread. At its heart, it’s just a simple banana bread. But, swirl in a little sweet, rich dulce de leche, and you’ve really upped the flavor of this classic.

overhead view of Dulce de Leche Banana Bread on a white platter and a green and purple patterned plate

I don’t quite know when I discovered dulce de leche, but I can tell you that I was instantly smitten. Its rich flavor is reminiscent of caramel or butterscotch. As much as I love both of those things, it’s no surprise that I am completely enamored with it. It pairs so well with so many flavors, too, like (you guessed it!) bananas.

The sweetness of bananas and the caramel-like flavor of dulce de leche is really an outstanding combination. (If you agree, be sure to check out this banana pudding!) So, combining the two in a classic banana bread is a no-brainer. The result is a soft, moist, sweet bread with just a hint of rich flavor.

overhead view of sliced Dulce de Leche Banana Bread on a white platter

I like to swirl the dulce de leche into the batter versus just mixing it along with the other ingredients. True, the swirl doesn’t boldly stand out in a visual sense, but I like that the amount of dulce de leche varies in each bite.

If you’re wanting to change up your banana bread game, this Dulce de Leche Banana Bread is just the thing. You get all the things you love about banana bread with a little bit of extra flavor. It’s really fantastic!

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Dulce de Leche Banana Bread

Yield 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

A little swirl of sweet, rich dulce de leche adds such wonderful flavor to this Dulce de Leche Banana Bread.

A little swirl of sweet, rich dulce de leche adds such wonderful flavor to this Dulce de Leche Banana Bread. - Bake or Break


  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) firmly backed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (118ml) milk
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup (75g) dulce de leche*


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard 9"x 5" loaf pan.
  2. Stir together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  3. Add the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla, and stir until combined. Stir in the bananas.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
  5. Dollop the dulce de leche on top of the batter. Use a thin knife to swirl it into the batter.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool the bread in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, remove the bread from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.


*Look for dulce de leche near the condensed milk, in the ethnic foods section, or with the ice cream toppings.

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    7 Comments on “Dulce de Leche Banana Bread”

  1. I love banana bread! I just have one question. Do you think I could substitute buttermilk for the 1/2 cup milk? Many thanks.

  2. Its like banana fosters bread almost the same.

  3. Totally agree: I also “update” good recipes and it always surprises me; what you are giving seems like an excellent improvement. Will do. Thank you and have a pleasant day!

  4. Great recipe! This one is a keeper- it’s soft and moist and the dulce de leche is a great addition . Thank you very much for this one

  5. Do you think I could sub homemade caramel sauce 1:1 for the dulce de leche instead?

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