Skip to Content

Simple And Delicious Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Anyone can make banana bread, right? Me, I love this brown sugar banana bread recipe. It’s just as easy but a slightly different flavor. Some links in this post are affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Sliced homemade banana bread

So last week, I had a desire to bake. And I had bananas in the freezer that were taking up too much room. Voila, banana bread, right?

Wellllll, almost. Because it’s easier to use my adapted recipes by looking them up on my blog, I searched for the recipe here. And I searched. And then I searched some more.

Apparently I always thought that since I make banana bread all the time, I already had the recipe up here. Ahhhhh, not so much.

Loaf of brown sugar banana bread

Remember my daughter’s lacrosse tournament in the heat where I signed up to bring three bunches of bananas for the girls and no one ate a single one?

Let’s just say I’ve been working through bananas as fast as I can. Did you see the Nutella banana bread I made last week?

I plan to make some frosted banana bars and freeze those for 4th of July tomorrow, and then I think the last of the bananas will be gone.

Hats off to my husband for making banana based smoothies almost every morning for breakfast!

Fortunately, you can freeze bananas, too. Did you know that?

How do I freeze bananas?

To freeze bananas, peel them first. Put the whole bananas in a tightly sealed container and freeze for up to three months.

You may need a little force to separate them, depending on how ripe they were when you froze them, but it’s a great solution if you can’t use them all.

Depending on how you plan to use them, you may not need to defrost them at all. I use frozen bananas for my bread all the time.

Can I freeze banana bread?

Absolutely, this brown sugar banana bread freezes beautifully, too. Wrap any extra loaves in a double layer of plastic wrap and pop in the freezer for up to a month.

You can slice the bread while it’s still frozen and let it thaw on the counter for ten or so minutes. Alternatively, unwrap the entire loaf and let it sit on the counter, then place it in a tightly sealed container once its fully thawed.

You may not need to, however. While this recipe makes two loaves, we use it for far more than just enjoying a slice at breakfast. I love to grill slices gently and serve to company (or my family) with ice cream and fresh fruit as a dessert.

Slices of banana bread

And can I tell you how amazing the French toast is when you use brown sugar banana bread? I don’t even like French toast, but I love this version!

Regardless, enjoy this twist on a classic and whip up some brown sugar banana bread with your next bunch of overripe bananas.

Banana Bread bite

How to Make Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Read This Next:  Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

Add the butter and sugar into a bowl, and mix on high speed until lightened in color and texture, two to three minutes. Add the salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and mix until thoroughly blended. Add the flour, and stir until the flour is incorporated and you have a sandy texture.

Gradually add the already whisked eggs to the mixture. I slowly pour them in while the mixer is going.

Add your bananas one at a time, and keep mixing. I don’t mash them ahead of time, as I like the sometimes surprise of a small bite of pure banana in my bread.

When you use truly ripe bananas, you don’t need to mash them prior to adding them. They simply incorporate into your batter as you mix it.

Grease two eight inch loaf pans. Pour half the batter into each loaf pan.

Gently sprinkle granulated sugar atop each unbaked loaf. I usually use about 1/8 cup total, although I of course don’t measure it because why waste the time!

Bake for about an hour, until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the loaves cool for five to ten minutes before you turn them out. Yum!

Save this brown sugar banana bread recipe so you can make it again!

Banana Bread bite

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Yield: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This incredibly simple brown sugar banana bread recipe is a twist on a classic favorite. It makes two loaves, and they freeze beautifully. They're perfect for French toast or lightly grilled with ice cream for dessert, too!


  • 10 T butter, unsalted
  • 1 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 4-5 bananas


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two loaf pans.
  2. Add softened butter and sugar to bowl, and beat on high speed 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and mix until thoroughly blended. Add flour, and stir until incorporated and you have a sandy texture.
  4. Gradually add already beaten eggs to the mixture. Add bananas one at a time, and keep mixing.
  5. Pour half the batter into each loaf pan. Gently sprinkle granulated sugar atop each unbaked loaf.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until cake tester comes out with just a few crumbs.
  7. Let loaves cool for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto cooling racks.


This recipe freezes really well. Double wrap the loaves in plastic wrap and pop into the freezer for up to a month.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

This site uses an outside source to provide nutrition. If you need exact details, please calculate yourself.

Did you make this recipe?

Please rate the recipe above and save it on Pinterest so you can find it to make again and again. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think about it, too!

Easy brown sugar banana bread recipe. This simple quick bread freezes well and is a great way to use up overripe bananas. It's a great twist on a classic and makes great French toast and is perfect grilled with ice cream for dessert

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Enjoy this article? Please share it and save it for later!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Saturday 1st of January 2022

I made muffuns. Cooked @ 350° for about 30 mins. Very good recipe!


Saturday 8th of January 2022

Ooooo that sounds fun and delicious! I love that idea :)


Thursday 22nd of April 2021

I was tempted to add vanilla but then I forgot. I’ll see if the next batch needs it.


Friday 23rd of April 2021

This recipe really doesn't need it, and I've never added it. If you do so, let me know your thoughts on the difference with and without vanilla!


Sunday 8th of November 2020

Bananas are sweet enough to flavor a banana bread. If it's not, you can use honey. Why, in a world full of fat Diabetic people (I am fat, but not Diabetic, as afar as I know) why would you suggest ruining a good thing by adding sugar? Brown sugar is white sugar with the molasses added back in.


Monday 16th of November 2020

Why? Because brown sugar makes this bread taste amazing. If you prefer your banana bread without sugar, this is not the recipe for you. Banana bread recipes traditionally incorporate sugar (for a good reason), and enjoying a slice or two here and there is not a horrible thing. Moderation in all things is key, no question, but I'd rather have a bit of something I truly love and enjoy than sacrifice constantly and always be wanting.

Gale Barnett

Saturday 5th of September 2020

When freezing bananas, super ripe, peel and place in freezer bags. Put the 4 big or 5 small bananas in bag press flatish and squeeze all air out. Let sit out for 45 minutes to thaw before you start to make banana bread

Gerri Minton

Sunday 15th of November 2020

@Gale Barnett, what a great idea! I never thought to peel them and cut them up!!! I usually just throw the whole banana in the freezer ~ your idea is so much better. Thanks.


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

That's a great tip, Gale! Definitely a space saver in the freezer :)

Frosted Banana Bars Recipe - Honest And Truly!

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

[…] Brown sugar banana bread […]

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe