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Caramel Banana Bread

Think of this as a breakfast bread version of bananas Foster.

With its super-moist texture, buttery banana and caramel flavors, and incredibly soft crumb, this is my favorite banana bread recipe. It’s not only drizzled with caramel—it’s stuffed with it too!

Check out my Nutella Swirled Banana bread recipe too.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 4 super ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup caramel, plus more for drizzling

Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoon butter, cubed

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350° and butter and flour a 9″-x-5″ loaf pan. 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

In another large bowl, mix sugar, butter, buttermilk, vanilla, egg and egg yolk until smooth. 

Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until combined, then fold in mashed bananas and caramel.

Transfer batter to the prepared baking dish. 

Bake until deeply golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

Drizzle with caramel.

Homemade Caramel Sauce Instructions

Add the sugar and water to a 3-quart heavy bottomed saucepan; stir a little so it sits in a flat, even layer.

Warm pot over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves, turns clear, and starts to bubble. (It will be cloudy at first, but will turn into a clear, bubbling liquid.) This takes about 3-4 minutes.

(At this point, do not stir again – simply allow to bubble, swirl the saucepan occasionally and brush down the sides of the pan, as needed, to prevent crystallization.)

Sugar will form clumps, but continue swirling and cooking until the mixture thickens and turns a deep amber color like honey (this can take anywhere from 8-12 minutes), keeping a watchful eye so the mixture doesn’t burn.

Carefully add the butter and whisk until completely melted. (The caramel will bubble up rapidly, so be careful and continue to whisk.)

Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly pour in the cream, whisking continuously until all of the cream has been incorporated.

Whisk in the vanilla and salt.

Set aside to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Then pour into a lidded glass jar and allow to cool completely. (It will thicken as it cools.)

Recipes

NUTELLA SWIRLED BANANA BREAD

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread is the ultimate banana bread recipe. It is extremely easy and moist with swirls of nutella spread throughout. It’s perfect at breakfast served with your morning coffee or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

The best bananas for this recipe are ones that are over-ripe. The peels should be at least half brown and easy to remove. The insides should be squishy and browning. I find myself buying bananas and never eating all of them so this recipe is a great way to save the bananas and my wallet. 

There is no need for a mixer. You can mix everything together in one large  bowl. The first step is to mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl! I use the back of the spoon or you can use a potato masher. Then, I just throw everything else into the same bowl and mix it together. I told you it was easy!

Preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Grab your Nutella jar and microwave it for 10-20 seconds. Pour half of the banana batter into the loaf pan, and drizzle two spoonfuls of the warm Nutella over the banana batter. Add the rest of banana batter and repeat with the drizzle of warm Nutella. To achieve the marble look, take a knife and swirl it through the loaf pan.Bake in your pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes until golden on top and a knife or toothpick comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the loaf pan and serve in slices. I like to cut mine into thick slices but that is totally up to you! 

ENJOY!!!

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 overripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Lightly grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the sugar, butter, egg & vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  4. Gradually add the flour and baking soda, mixing until all combined.
  5. Pour half the batter into your pre-lined loaf pan and smooth into the corners.
  6. Warm your Nutella in the microwave for about 10-20 second to soften it slightly. 
  7. Drizzle a couple of spoonfuls over the batter in the loaf pan before adding the remaining batter on top.
  8. Drizzle the remaining Nutella to the top of your loaf before stirring the batter with a knife to create the marbled effect.
  9. Bake in your pre-heated oven for 40 minutes until golden on top. 
  10. Leave to cool in the loaf pan and serve in slices.