Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins
Add'l 15 mins
Total 1 hr 15 mins

This super soft, moist and perfectly dense Brown Sugar Banana Bread has the perfect amount of banana flavor with a crackly brown sugar top! It’s the only way we make banana bread now!

Sliced loaf of banana bread.

Moist Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Today is a good day to make some banana bread. Specifically, this Brown Sugar Banana Bread recipe. Why, you ask? Because nobody can turn down a freshly baked, dense slice of banana bread – it’s too delicious!

The rich caramel/molasses flavor provided by the brown sugar perfectly complements the mashed bananas in this quick bread recipe. However, the real reason you won’t be able to only eat one slice is the crackly sweet brown sugar top! It really makes this banana bread recipe stand out from the others!

You can eat it for breakfast, dessert, or a snack if you’re craving something sweet in the middle of the day. Plus you can get rid of those old bananas that have been sitting on the counter!

2 slices of banana bread on a plate.

Recipe Ingredients

What exactly goes into making banana bread? Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need to round up:

  • Flour: I used all-purpose flour, but you could also use whole wheat flour or a mix of the two if you prefer.
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt: Can enhance the sweetness of the sugar.
  • Cinnamon
  • Mashed Pipe Bananas: I used about 4 large bananas.
  • Vegetable Oil: you can also use melted butter in equal parts.
  • Brown Sugar: It doesn’t matter whether you use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract: maple extract is also a fun addition to banana bread.
  • Optional Topping: More brown sugar to get that epic crackly brown sugar top!
Ingredients for brown sugar banana bread.

Dark or Light brown sugar?

Truthfully, you can use either. Light brown sugar will offer slightly less moisture, and will have more of a mild caramel flavor, rather than a darker molasses one. Dark brown sugar has a larger percentage of molasses and will offer more moisture to the bread and a stronger molasses flavor.

the best way to mash bananas

The easiest way to mash bananas is to use a stand/hand mixer. Start beating on low, and slowly increase the speed to medium or high. Slice the banana into smaller pieces before you start to make things easier.

If you don’t have a mixer, you can just mash the bananas with a fork by hand – it will take a little longer, but the results will be the exact same!

Loaf of brown sugar banana bread.

How to Make Brown Sugar Banana Bread

I love making banana bread because, while it does take a little over an hour, most of that time is baking time. It only takes 10 minutes to get the batter prepared and into the oven, which makes this bread a great baked good to make if you’re constantly busy!

Prep Work: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 baking loaf pan and line with parchment paper (where it hangs over the edges) for easy bread removal. Set aside.

Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until well combined. Set aside.

Combine Wet Ingredients: In large bowl, whisk together bananas, vegetable oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps.

Top Batter with Brown Sugar: Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar. This is optional, but gives you that crackly brown sugar topping!

Banana bread batter in a pan, topped with brown sugar.

Bake the Bread: Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Around the halfway baking point, loosely tent the loaf pan with foil to prevent too much browning on top of the bread.

Let Cool and Enjoy: Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from loaf pan. Slice and serve!

Halfway sliced loaf of banana bread.

Tips for the Best Brown Sugar Banana Bread

And that’s pretty much all there is to it! Here are a couple of other tips, though, to help you get the best banana bread results:

  • Add Chocolate or Nuts: If you like chocolate chips in your banana bread, feel free to add them. Toasted nuts are also a good addition.
  • Using Regular Sugar: If you don’t have brown sugar, you can definitely sub in regular granulated sugar. If you have it, you can add a tablespoon or two of molasses to imitate that brown sugar flavor.
  • Use Ripe Bananas: This is where your bread will get all the moisture. Bananas with lots of brown spots are best – bananas that are totally brown and way too soft will probably have too much moisture.
  • How to Know When the Bread is Done: Use a toothpick to stick into the middle of the bread. When it comes out clean, the bread is done.
  • Tent Your Bread: Make sure to make a foil tent over your bread (loosely cover the top of your bread with foil) half way through baking. Otherwise your bread will get too dark on top and the sugar will possibly burn as well.

How to Store Homemade Banana Bread

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week – you can also wrap this banana bread in a couple of layers of plastic wrap. If you would rather keep it on the counter, make sure to eat it within 2-3 days.

Can I Freeze this Quick Bread?

You can! Store this banana bread in an airtight container or tightly-sealed freezer bags for 2-3 months.

I personally like to wrap a slice (or the whole loaf) tightly in Saran Wrap, then a layer of foil and then into a freezer bag. This may be a little overkill, but my bread is always still delicious when I thaw it again!

Plate of sliced brown sugar banana bread.
Yield: 1 loaf

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Sliced loaf of banana bread.

Are you looking for a way to use up those old bananas on the counter? Bake up a loaf of this easy Brown Sugar Banana Bread with a crackly brown sugar top!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups mashed pipe bananas (about 4 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, optional for topping

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x5 baking loaf pan and line with parchment paper (where it hangs over the edges) for easy bread removal. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until well combined. Set aside.

A bowl with mashed banana with oil being poured over the top.

In large bowl, whisk together bananas, vegetable oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar.

Batter for banana bread being poured into a baking loaf pan.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Around the halfway baking point, loosely tent the loaf pan with foil to prevent too much browning on top of the bread.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from loaf pan. Slice and serve!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 211mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

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Comments

9 Responses
  1. Noah Anzaldua

    OMG IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD. Do you mind if I put this recipe on my baking channel? I will shout out you in my video.

  2. Noah Anzaldua

    Could I Use Butter Instead Of Oil Because I Have A Diet And Oil Is Fatter Than Butter? Also Can I double it And Add Nuts?

    1. Jessica

      Yes you can use equal parts melted butter to oil if you so choose. Yes, you can add nuts! And yes, you can double it, but you will need to bake it in two loaves (two pans).

  3. Carla

    I really love banana bread, but so many of the recipes that I have tried in my search for the perfect banana bread seem dry and don’t have a strong banana flavor. The last time I looked for a new recipe to try, I found yours. I loved that it used brown sugar and when I saw that you used 4 bananas, I knew this was worth trying. I loved it. This morning I found that I had 4 bananas getting very ripe and realized I didn’t print your recipe last time I made it, so had to hunt it down again online. For me to go to a recipe to make it a second time means it was super YUMMY! I am off to the kitchen now that I have saved a copy to make another loaf.

  4. MJ

    I made this and its one of the best bananas bread I’ve tasted. The brown sugar crust is perfect. The cook time in the recipe was weird for me though, I ended up having to cook it like 25+ extra minutes to have it fully cooked , which resulted in the bottom getting pretty dark. I tented the pan halfway through with foil but when I checked it at 55 minutes it still needed alot more time. Next time I might not use the foil just to see how it goes. Still delicious though

    1. Jessica

      Hi Jeanette! It should potentially work, but I haven’t tried it with applesauce as it is a banana bread. If you can’t have bananas, maybe check out my blueberry pound cake instead? It’s a quick bread style bread if you don’t add the icing on top! And it’s banana free. 😉

    2. Sandie

      Hi there,
      I can’t eat cooked bananas either, so I did substitute the bananas for homemade apple sauce added some chopped pecans and omg what an amazing bread/cake whatever you like to call it, it works. Try it.

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