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Browned Butter Banana Bread

Rated as 4.31 out of 5 Stars

"Browning the butter really adds a depth of flavor, not to mention it smells extra amazing when in the oven. This is my go-to recipe when I have ripe bananas, and has taken me a while to get it right. Enjoy it hot, fresh from the oven."
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1 h 20 m servings 389
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until butter is browned, fragrant, and foamy, with brown bits in it, 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Measure 1/3 cup of browned butter; reserve remaining browned butter for another use.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan.
  3. Mash bananas in a large bowl; stir in brown sugar, white sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and 1/3 cup brown butter.
  4. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Fold flour mixture into banana mixture just until all ingredients are moistened; pour into prepared pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Don't skip the browning step - it really adds depth to the flavor.
  • Chocolate chips, nuts, or whatever else you enjoy can be added in.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of butter. The actual amount of butter consumed will vary.
  • Browning butter will reduce the volume somewhat. For this reason, you begin with 1/2 cup butter, and measure 1/3 cup butter after the browning step.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 389 calories; 16.8 55.4 5.1 72 439 Full nutrition

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I was tired of tossing overripe bananas so I came on this site looking for a good recipe for banana bread. This one sounded easy & I really like the idea of the browned butter. That was last ni...

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The idea was good, it smelled AMAZING, but it came out really bland (despite the enormous amount of vanilla) I might try redoing this one with more sugar/banana and some salt. I like the idea so...

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I was tired of tossing overripe bananas so I came on this site looking for a good recipe for banana bread. This one sounded easy & I really like the idea of the browned butter. That was last ni...

This was a great banana bread but I'm not sure browning the butter made the difference. I think you could just add melted butter and pretty much get the same flavour. For the people who are hav...

very yummy! I made 3 loaves as I had 9 bananas to use up, mine baked in 50 minutes, I used baking powder for the soda as I am very sensitive to the taste, added cinnamon, the browned butter and ...

Stuck to recipe for bread except tripled it. Very good bread, not the strongest banana flavor though. Used the rest of the browned butter to make a simple cinnamon caramel glaze (pwd sugar, brow...

LOVE this recipe! As always, with any banana bread recipe, I added one more banana than it calls for - the banana flavor is a little lighter, so if you are looking for a strong banana flavor th...

This is a delicious banana bread, but I would have added the whole 1/2 cup of butter and not measured out only 1/3 or I would have added a bit of sour cream or applesauce. It was slightly dry. I...

This was very good banana bread, and the browned butter does add that little extra depth to the recipe. The next time I make it I will add some chopped walnuts. Following the recipe will give ...

Very similar to my recipe - amazing what a difference such a little tweak made! I'm sticking to this variation henceforth!

Browned butter really makes a difference! Only used nutmeg and the flavor was fantastic. Used the "leftover" butter to oil the pan and added sugar in the raw to make a nice crispy crust.