Brown Sugar Banana Bread

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

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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.
Sliced loaf of banana bread.
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Yield: 1 loaf

Brown Sugar 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 Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Additional Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups mashed pipe bananas, about 4 large bananas
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup brown sugar, optional for topping

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Instructions 

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

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Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 274kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 211mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 24g

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Can you use a Bundt pan

5 stars
my house smells heavenly
I did switch out the oil for apple sauce
I did not use parchment paper, i greased the baking dish with butter

5 stars
This Brown sugar banana bread turns out PERFECT every time I make this recipe. I enjoy adding chocolate chips and pecans to make the bread extra scrumptious!

Hey there! I was just wondering if you think bread flour would work the same?

Baking soda? No baking powder? For Brown sugar banana bread?

5 stars
This bread is sooooo
Good ! I keep making it and telling
Everyone they can try a piece , but I
End up eating it all myself !

5 stars
Delicious!
I added roasted cocoa nibs for crunch,
Great tip about using stand mixer to mash bananas!
Did let it bake about 5 min longer for a total of 60 minutes

I’ve made this twice and both times I added dried cranberries. aone time I soaked the cranberries in some bourbon first. Holy moly was that good.

I’ve made this several times now using the mini loaf pan. I’ve tried with added fruit, mini choco chips and nuts, as well as swapping the banana out with sweet potato puree. This is my favorite banana bread recipe!

Getting rave reviews from my husband — he’s ready for us to have leftover croissants again! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

This is the best banana bread I have ever had!

Could coconut flour be used instead of the all purpose? I’m having to go gluten free and haven’t learned to bake with alternate flours.

So delicious try it out people wants more I sell it

Could you use both both light and dark brown sugar. Use half and half and get the best of both worlds. I want to make this and try it.

I just made this I think I over cooked it but it’s beautiful anyways. Made it for work tomorrow. Stay tuned for taste test.
Oh and I didn’t have walnuts so I chopped some pecans and sprinkled them on top with brown sugar

Do u know if you could do this in a ninja foodi on bake or steam crisp?

I made this recipe this morning and my 2 young kids and I absolutely LOVE this!! In fact, our loaf is already almost gone. It came out SO moist with a strong banana flavor. We also really enjoy the brown sugar topping. I did add some raw sugar cane to the brown sugar too. My husband also enjoyed this recipe except he has never really been a big fan of treats with sugary/crumb toppings like this. Other than that, he had no complaints and said he’d like to have this again. I will absolutely be using this recipe again in the near future! Also, I only had 2 ripe bananas, so I used those plus 3 additional not-so-ripe bananas. It still came out perfect! The recommended baking time was not enough for us. We ended up adding an additional 7-10 minutes. We also didn’t use parchment paper. I greased the loaf pan with canola oil and then sprayed a layer of canola cooking spray over it. The brown sugar topping stuck to the loaf pan some, but it was very easy to use a rubber spatula and loosen it off without doing any damage to the bread. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! 🙂

Do you know how long it I would cook these as cupcakes?

So good!!! I just made it this afternoon with my 3 1/2 year old! Super easy recipe and directions were easy to follow! It did take a little longer than the recommended 55 minutes to cook so I lightly covered it with foil and baked an additional 20 minutes!

I do not like working with parchment paper. If I can avoid it, I will. I can never get it to be smooth/flat as I need it (it’s probably just me). I notice the instructions say to line the loaf pan with it, but neither the pictures nor the video shows any in the pan. Could it be that others have the same disdain for the less than cooperative paper? 😉

Any tips anyone wants to share to change my mind about it

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