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Recipe for banana bread that is covered in a caramel glaze.

Caramel Banana Bread from www.tasteandtellblog.com

Remember back when I talked about those banana cookies? I said that sometimes I want to switch it up instead of making banana bread every time the bananas start to go brown. Well, this was another time that I happened to find some overripe bananas in my kitchen. (Is it just me or do bananas just go brown way too fast??) And honestly, I don’t know where this idea came from, but the idea of caramel banana bread popped into my mind.

I couldn’t get into the kitchen fast enough to make this bread that I was picturing in my head. I started with my go-to banana bread recipe, but substituted brown sugar for the white. Then, after the bread was baked and cooled, I coated it with a thick layer of caramel glaze. I won’t even admit to you how much of this bread I ate. No wonder I’m struggling to lose the last few pounds of baby weight!!

Just a few notes about this recipe. Do not over bake your banana bread. There are very few things that are worse to me than dry banana bread. Also, this glaze stiffens up fast, so you’ll want to pour and cover the loaf of bread pretty quickly. And it will break off a bit when you cut slices, but I didn’t mind. That just meant I could snack on the little pieces!!
Caramel Banana Bread from www.tasteandtellblog.com

Caramel Banana Bread
Prep time
Banana bread is taken to a new level with a delicious caramel glaze
Serves: 1 large loaf
for the banana bread
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
for the glaze
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
make the banana bread:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a large loaf pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Add in the bananas and milk and mix with a stand or hand-held mixer for 2 minutes. Add in the eggs and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and cook just until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  4. Cool completely then remove from baking pan and top with caramel glaze.
to make the glaze:
  1. In a saucepan, combine the butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the cream and powdered sugar until no lumps remain. Immediately pour over the loaf of banana bread.


Want more banana bread? Check out these other fabulous recipes!

Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze from Our Best Bites
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from Tidy Mom
Strawberry Banana Streusel Bread from All Day I Dream About Food

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42 Responses to Caramel Banana Bread

  1. Omg that looks insanely good!

    “There are very few things that are worse to me than dry banana bread.”–100% agreeeeeeee!

    I actually love both banana bread AND caramel
    So much
    this is perfect for me!

    • Banana Bread Fan says:

      I was so hoping this would be good. The caramel glaze is sickeningly sweet, so I will be eating the bread without it. The bread itself does not have much flavor. I do have a bottle of Starbucks caramel, which I drizzled over the bread. It helped give some flavor. I’m so disappointed! I spent last night making this bread & couldn’t wait to have a piece for breakfast. Oh well, you can’t like them all. I have a delicious banana chocolate chip bread recipe that I made recently which is soooo good. Taste and Tell, thanks for sharing though!

      • Deborah says:

        @Banana Bread Fan, I’m sorry it wasn’t your favorite. You are right -the glaze is sweet and the bread is not as sweet, so I really liked the combination. I do hope you’ll like another recipe here, though!

  2. This looks delicious! I love new twists on traditional banana bread – that caramel glaze is a great idea!

  3. This looks delicious! I love breads with a glaze and when its a caramel glaze it sounds even better!

  4. Dawn says:

    I’m so glad you posted this! My mom made something similar 20+ years ago, and it was delicious…. but when I asked her for the recipe, she had no recollection of ever making it. LOL Now I can finally try it myself! Thank you!!

  5. jennifurla says:

    This glaze, holy wow and I am so drooling. This looks wonderful.

  6. WOW! This looks awesome!!! Love the idea of a caramel glaze. Once again, wonderful job!

  7. Anne says:

    Ha! So I think this is the icing my Mom would make for spice cake. She has Alzheimer’s now and I have no way of getting the recipe out of her. It is too late.

    Thank you!

  8. Cakewhiz says:

    I never thought of pairing my banana bread with caramel. This is an excellet idea and i am sure it tastes heavenly! Lovely pictures too πŸ™‚

  9. what a gorgeous glaze! this looks amazing!

  10. Arlene says:

    I have a big bag of frozen ripe banana in the freezer and this looks like just the way to use it all up. Caramel glaze is inspired.

  11. Taylor says:

    Mmmm that glaze looks amazing!! Now I know what I’ll be doing with the bananas I have in my freezer πŸ™‚

  12. Carolyn says:

    Wow. All I can say is wow. Hurry up and get overripe, bananas!

  13. That glaze! My god! Even if i dont make the bread (which of course sounds delicious too!) i am DEFINITELY making the glaze, it looks perrrffecttt and so easy, im sure would go with a lot of other cake recipes too. Gosh, utterly gorgeous and tempting recipe as per normal πŸ™‚

  14. That glaze looks incredible! I need to try that, it even seems like it would be on top of a fancy dessert it looks so good πŸ™‚

  15. Joanne says:

    Oh I am so so SO in love with you for this!

  16. Barbara says:

    Would you mind if I ate the top off that loaf of banana bread?

  17. Teresa says:

    This is genius. I’m going to make this right away. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  18. Marla says:

    You certainly kicked up the usual banana bread with all that caramel. Looks amazing!

  19. Jessica says:

    Oh man. I am dying here! This sounds and looks amazing! All that delicious caramel? yummmmm πŸ˜‰

  20. christine says:

    I hate banana bread, but this glaze looks awesome. I’m thinking over something pumpkin-flavored like cupcakes or cookies.

  21. Would it be bad if I made just the glaze and ate it with a spoon?! WOW….I’ve never had banana bread because I’ve only seen it with nuts ~ yuck! ~ but I’m trying this very soon (as soon as the bananas on the counter are over-ripe). Until then, the bowl of glaze and a spoon are calling my name!

    Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  22. Katrina says:

    Yum! Love this recipe πŸ™‚

  23. Jay says:

    absolutely hearty n delicious..
    Tasty Appetite

  24. judy says:

    For the flour, should I use bread flour or all-purpose flour?

  25. Kate says:

    Ohhhhhhhh LORD this is going to be bad for me. I usually say “meh” to Banana Bread but like you, make it when the bananas go bad. One of my favorite cake frostings is a cooked caramel frosting. I never thought to top my quick breads with it. I can see this on banana bread, pumpkin bread, even zucchini bread. As I said. This is going to be badddddddddddddddd. I kind of hate you for this. And love you.

  26. That is one of the most delicious looking banana bread loaves I’ve ever seen!

  27. susan says:

    that glaze is so utterly and completely gorgeous!

  28. grace says:

    the unfortunate part about this is that the caramel glaze would never ever make it to the bread, at least in its entirety. caramel sauce is something i can never resist eating with a spoon. πŸ™‚

  29. Jun says:

    Caramel glaze on banana bread? Very very exciting!!!

  30. Mel V says:

    I made this today and it is not as sweet as i thought it would be and it was a little dense but the caramel glaze definitely made it worth it!

    • Deborah says:

      Mel – I’m glad you liked the caramel! I agree – this is not a super sweet bread, but I don’t know if I would have wanted a really sweet bread with the glaze. The glaze definitely does make it!

  31. Ansa says:

    This banana bread turned out wonderful.

    The caramel glaze was waaaaaaay to thick after adding the powder sugar so instead of 2 teaspoons…..I added more heavy cream and after 2 tablespoons it was creamy enough to be poured over the bread.


  32. Lindsay says:

    Is there really no butter or oil in the banana bread recipe?

  33. Beth says:

    I absolutely love this recipe!! I made 4 loaves and they were gone in less than 2 days!!

  34. Paola says:

    I first thought that recipe lacked sugar but after all, it was PERFECT ! I just added some peanut butter and made my own caramel glaze. Even my mother who usually dislikes banana loved it !
    Thanks. πŸ™‚

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