Bread/Biscuits Breakfast/Brunch Freezables

Brown Butter Banana Bread

I can tell you guys for a fact that this Brown Butter Banana Bread is absolutely fantastic. How do I know? Because I don’t even like bananas, and I LOVE to eat this banana bread for breakfast or a snack. It’s got a beautiful crumb, stays moist for days, and the batter is put together all in one bowl!

A sliced loaf of brown butter banana bread.

I’m serious – I don’t like banana pudding, bananas for breakfast, and when you put bananas in a smoothie it really ruins the whole thing for me. But there’s something about the way banana bread comes together that takes all that ickiness away for me. And this recipe, with brown butter and a subtly-sweet flavor, is just SO delicious.


Ingredients

  • Brown Butter – Brown butter gives sweets a much deeper flavor with an almost nutty taste. It’s super easy to make too! Essentially, you just cook the butter until it browns (but not burns)… but if you want full instructions, check out the Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe I linked below!
  • Ripe Bananas – The riper the banana, the more sweetness we get from them. This is a great recipe to use up those spotty, browned bananas on your counter that are about to be thrown out.
  • Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt gives a boost of moisture to our banana bread. Sometimes I use a coffee flavored yogurt to give the banana bread a boost of flavor!
  • Granulated Sugar – We *technically* make our own brown sugar in the recipe – it calls for white sugar + molasses. If you only have brown sugar, feel free to substitute.

How to Make Super Moist Banana Bread

Start with some overripe bananas – the kind that looks really spotty and feels soft. The riper they are, the sweeter they are. We’re going to pair it with brown butter (If you’ve never made brown butter – check out my Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe for a quick tutorial.) That’s gonna give the bread a slightly nutty undertone that pairs well with the actual nuts that we mix in.

Finally, make sure you don’t overmix when adding the dry ingredients to the wet ones! The problem with banana bread is that it can easily turn dry. So by mixing until it’s just incorporated, using the greek yogurt component (substitutes are below the recipe), and not overbaking, you have a perfectly moist slice of banana bread.

  1. Start by browning you butter. The link above has more in-depth instructions, but you essentially just cook your butter in a pot on low heat, stirring occasionally, until it turns a deep brown color and gives off a nutty smell.
  2. Add the butter to a mixing bowl with sugar and molasses, and whisk until combined.
  3. Pour in the greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and your super soft bananas.
  4. Using the back of a spoon or a potato masher, mix everything thoroughly. I like to leave a few small chunks of banana in mine, but do what you prefer!
  5. Fold in your dry ingredients and any nuts – pecans or walnuts work great in this recipe.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased bread pan and bake on the lower rack.
  7. I like to let it cool to the touch in the pan, then remove it and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

Serve this Brown Butter Banana Bread for breakfast with your morning cup of coffee, as a snack, or as a (sort of) healthy dessert!


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Slices of brown butter banana bread on a white serving tray.

Brown Butter Banana Bread

Shani W.
The title is a mouthful, but this Brown Butter Banana Bread needs to be your next weekend baking project! Moist and perfectly sweet – it's the perfect way to use those overripe bananas.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup brown butter cooled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • 2 ct. eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 ct. overripe bananas
  • ½ cup greek yogurt*
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the browned butter, sugar, and molasses until combined.
  • Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, bananas, and greek yogurt. Use a potato masher or the back of a spoon to incorporate all of the ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Pour in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Fold in the dry ingredients, being sure not to overmix.
  • If you're also using nuts, gently fold those into the batter.
  • Prepare a bread pan with non-stick spray and pour in the banana bread batter.
  • Bake on the lower oven rack for about 42-45 minutes.
  • Let the bread cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then set on a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing.
  • Serve with extra warm butter. Enjoy!

Notes

* Can be substituted with crema, sour cream, or buttermilk.
 
Keyword Banana Bread, Bread, brown butter

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Slices of brown butter banana bread on a black plate with butter smeared on one slice.

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.49
  • Total Cost (8 servings): $3.89
  • Those Other Guys: $6.99 per serving

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