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Brown Butter Banana Bread {3 Ways}

  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Breakfast


Browned butter makes this classic banana bread recipe extra flavorful and super special!


  •  1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, browned
  •  2 eggs
  •  1 cup sugar
  •  4 medium bananas, mashed
  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda

Variation #1:

  •  1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  •  1 cup dark chocolate chips

Variation #2:

  •  1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  •  1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour an 8×4-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Place the butter in a light-colored pan over medium heat and whisk constantly as it melts. The butter will start to bubble and foam and then subside as the water evaporates and the milk solids start to turn a light brown color. Just as it starts to turn light brown and you smell that nutty aroma, remove it from the heat and pour into a bowl to cool. Once the butter starts to brown, it will race into burnt, so watch it carefully and remove from the heat as soon as it starts to brown.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Stir in the browned butter and mashed bananas. Add the flour and baking soda and stir until well combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and garnish with a few banana slices, if desired. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Variation #1:
  6. Stir in the chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips before pouring batter into the prepared loaf pan. Garnish with sliced bananas, chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips, if desired. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Variation #2:
  8. After pouring the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Use a table knife to swirl the peanut butter then the chocolate hazelnut spread into the batter before baking for 45-50 minutes.