Brown Butter Banana Bread

Super moist Brown Butter Banana Bread made extra flavorful with brown butter. This banana has amped up flavor plus perfect texture and is so easy to make. 

Brown Butter Banana Bread | Creme de la Crumb

This is it. Mana from heaven. Seriously the BEST ever banana bread. I’ve been trying to make the perfect banana bread since last summer and it was always… off. Too moist. Not moist enough. Moist enough but kind of spongy? Moist and not spongy but not sweet enough. Or too sweet? The edges too dark and hard. Gooey center. Perfect texture! Great now the color is off…

It was a mess there for a while.

Brown Butter Banana Bread | Creme de la Crumb

But this right here, this is it. My all time favorite, absolutely perfect in every way banana bread. 

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Here are a few things to think about when you’re making this banana bread.

1) Please mix the batter by hand. You can use an electric mixer for the wet ingredients, but be sure to stir by hand when you add the dry ingredients. An electric mixer tends to over mix the batter and the texture of your bread will be off. Kind of dense and spongy. No bueno.

2) Please brown the butter! This is a brown butter banana bread so it’s kind of an integral step ya know? And seriously all you do is just let it cook a little longer, maybe 2 minutes or so, after it’s melted. It is sooooo worth it. It really makes the flavor of the banana bread come to life. You will not regret it.

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My last request is simply that you make this heavenly stuff. Just MAKE it. Get yourself some bananas, let them ripen on your counter for a few days, and whip up this amazing bread. You can even add chocolate chips if you are like my husband and must. have. chocolate. always. I’ve made it with and without and both are incredible.

Alright enough talking. Run, don’t walk, to the store and get some bananas! Or just put them on your grocery list for next week. I would be okay with that.

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What people are saying about this Brown Butter Banana Bread

“This is hands-down the best banana bread we’ve ever tried! My boys are over the moon about this banana bread. When I bake it… I now double the recipe because three teenage boys can eat the first loaf in just one morning. I do the same… just add a bit of white vinegar to the milk to create buttermilk. I definitely use the Greek yogurt as well. The one thing I would say is that it makes more batter than just one loaf for me. The first time I made it, the batter overflowed… So now I just pull some batter out and make muffins with the perceived excess … and use the rest for the loaves. Thank you for this recipe!” – Annette

“Best banana bread recipe I have ever made!! Browning the butter added great flavor. absolutely delicious.” – Liz

“I have literally tried dozens of banana bread recipes and my husband declared this the best yet. Wow! Thanks!” – Janet

“OMG – my new banana bread standard!! i used 3.5 bananas, sour cream and lowfat milk w/ a touch of lemon juice. It looks just like your pics and was so delicious! It was devoured in a few hours. Thank you – thank you!” – Amy

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Brown Butter Banana Bread

Super moist banana bread made extra flavorful with brown butter. This banana has amped up flavor plus perfect texture and is so easy to make.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword banana, butter, moist
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 3 medium bananas*, mashed (about 1 cup mashed)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup butter (1/2 cup is equal to 1 stick or 8 tablespoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  • In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Once melted, continue to cook at a gentle boil, stirring occasionally, until butter is no longer yellow and reaches a golden amber color. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl along with mashed banana, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt and stir (don't use an electric mixer for this part!) just until dry ingredients are incorporated and there are no more streaks of flour in the batter. Don't over mix. (If adding chocolate chips, stir them in now)
  • Pour batter into your prepared baking pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes until an inserted toothpick in the middle comes out clean (a few loose crumbs are okay but no wet batter).
  • Allow to cool at least 10-15 minutes. Slice and serve immediately or store in airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

Notes

For most flavorful banana bread, use very ripe bananas (that have begun to brown)

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Sounds like a delicious recipe that I was going to try until I read the ingredients & found I’d not only have the big end of a container of buttermilk (a quart is normally the smallest container in local grocery) but also at least 1/2 cup of sour cream & probably 1 1/2 cups left over to throw out. The 1 recipe I bake that uses sour cream uses 1 cup so with this recipe I’d still have 1/2 cup sour cream and most of the buttermilk to throw away. Luckily I did find a banana bread recipe that uses neither buttermilk or sour cream so I wouldn’t have leftover ingredients that go to waste, not sure how it’ll taste though. Too bad they don’t sell recipe sized containers of things that are seldom used. I pass by many recipes I’d like to try because of this.

    Terry if you don’t have buttermilk you can substitute whole milk and add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for 5 minutes and use the same as buttermilk.

    Terry, no need to not try this recipe, never buy buttermilk in the store! Make your own, for 1/3 cup use 1/3 cup milk (any kind but I would say at least 1%) and add 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Let it stand for 5 mins then whisk and voila! Buttermilk! For the sour cream you can use any kind of plain yogurt and there you go. I haven’t tried the recipe yet but will report back. Browning your butter makes everything delicious!

hey girl this looks oh so yummy!

OMG!!! This banana bread looks amazing! I always giggle when I read how many servings a recipe ‘should’ serve. Banana bread is my weakness. This recipe will not likely even come close to serving 8 after all the necessary taste testing (ahem) is done lol!!!

    Right?! I totally think we should switch the serving size to 1. I could just down this whole loaf in one sitting I swear haha!

We love, love, love banana bread in this house! Thanks for the recipe Tiffany! Also, your Apple Pecan Salad w/ Maple Vinegrette is a total hit with our entire family (extended included) xo

Jenna
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I have literally tried dozens of banana bread recipes and my husband declared this the best yet. Wow! Thanks! However, the first loaf came out kind of gooey even after 1 hr 15 min. baking time. I just baked a second loaf at 350 degrees for 1 hour and it came out much better. I did cover it the last 10-15 min. of baking time. Great recipe.

    I’m so glad I came back to the website after making the recipe and read the comments. I was super disappointed with my loaf. I had to bake it 20 minutes longer than listed to get a toothpick to come out mostly clean and the end result was still a little gooey, yet a super brown crust. Almost no banana flavor, which was so confusing to me. And I couldn’t detect the brown butter. I thought maybe I needed to bake it at a lower temperature for longer, but now that I read your comment I will try higher for shorter instead.

For those who throw out buttermilk, don’t. I don’t use it much anymore, but when I did, I put it into small sterilized 1/2 pint (just right for most buttermilk recipes) mason jars leaving a head space and froze it. No more waste. Defrost in the refrigerator when ready to use.

BROWN BUTTER BANANA BREAD lovable homemade bread to enjoy in our breakfast.

This is hands-down the best banana bread we’ve ever tried! My boys are over the moon about this banana bread. When I bake it… I now double the recipe because three teenage boys can eat the first loaf in just one morning. I do the same… just add a bit of white vinegar to the milk to create buttermilk. I definitely use the Greek yogurt as well. The one thing I would say is that it makes more batter than just one loaf for me. The first time I made it, the batter overflowed… So now I just pull some batter out and make muffins with the perveived excess … and use the rest for the loaves. Thank you for this recipe!
IT. IS. AWESOME!!

    (PerCeived excess! I fill the loaf pans about two thirds full and use the rest of the batter to make muffins)

    One more comment! I think my teenage boys are purposely not eating the fresh bananas so that they wil become too soft and I will be forced to make them more of this bread!

Reducing the sugar to 3/4 cup still delivers a very sweet bread.

5 stars
Best banana bread recipe I have ever made!! Browning the butter added great flavor. absolutely delicious.

OMG – my new banana bread standard!! i used 3.5 bananas, s cream and lowfat milk w/ a touch oflemon juice. it looks just like your pics and was so delicious! It was devoured in a few hours. thank you – thank you!

Ingredient list says baking powder but instructions say baking soda…

    Hi Katherine- Thanks for pointing out that typo! It is all supposed to say baking soda. I will get that fixed. Thank you!

I just maDe this beautiful loaf! As i read thecomments while it was baking, i Learned there Was a typo on the ingrEdients. I used baking pOwder vs baking soDa. 🙁 Small suGgestion to edit the inGredient list and Change baking powder to Soda. Im sure it Completely changes the Results!

    Sorry about that, Bernadette! It should be fixed now.

5 stars
This is the best banana bread that I have ever made. The first time I made it I cut the sugar to 3/4 cup and used milk with a teaspoon of white vinegar for the buttermilk. I split the batter into two medium loaf pans and baked for 40-45 minutes. It was incredibly moist and delicious. I still felt it had more sugar than needed so I’m baking another batch with 2/3 cup sugar. I will always use this recipe from now on….it’s fabulous.

    Best compliment ever! Super excited to hear that you have found a new favorite recipe! Thanks for your feedback, Beth!

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