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Brown Butter Banana Bread with Salted Caramel

Indulge in the irresistible combination of rich brown butter, sweet bananas, and luscious salted caramel with this delectable Brown Butter Banana Bread. This mouthwatering treat takes the classic banana bread to a whole new level of decadence. Every bite is a delightful medley of flavours, textures, and a hint of salty caramel goodness.

The foundation of this irresistible banana bread is ripe bananas. They provide natural sweetness and moisture to the bread, resulting in a tender and flavorful crumb. Combined with the warm and nutty essence of brown butter, the bananas create a harmonious blend that is simply irresistible.

For those who crave extra indulgence, chocolate chips can be added to the batter. They melt into pockets of gooey goodness, adding a delightful chocolatey surprise to each slice of banana bread.

To take this treat to the next level, a luscious salted caramel sauce is drizzled over the top. The combination of granulated sugar, salted butter, heavy cream, and a touch of salt creates a velvety caramel sauce with a perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness. As it cascades over the banana bread, it adds a luxurious touch and an extra layer of decadence.

This Brown Butter Banana Bread with Salted Caramel is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy it as a delightful breakfast, a scrumptious snack, or a tempting dessert. It pairs beautifully with a cup of coffee or tea, allowing you to savour the flavours and indulge in a moment of pure bliss.

Whether you’re a fan of classic banana bread or seeking an elevated twist, this recipe is a must-try. The combination of brown butter, ripe bananas, and salted caramel creates a symphony of flavours that will leave you craving more. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and let the aroma of freshly baked banana bread fill your kitchen. Enjoy the irresistible combination of brown butter, sweet bananas, and luscious salted caramel with every heavenly bite.

Brown Butter Banana Bread with Salted Caramel

Basic Ingredients for Brown Butter Banana Bread with Salted Caramel

Brown Butter Banana Bread

Bananas: Ripe bananas are the star ingredient of this banana bread, providing natural sweetness, moisture, and flavour. Roasting the bananas intensifies their sweetness and adds depth to the overall taste.

Butter: Butter adds richness and a buttery flavour to the banana bread. Browning the butter adds a nutty aroma and enhances the overall taste.

Brown Sugar: Brown sugar brings a caramel-like sweetness and moisture to the banana bread, complementing the flavours of the roasted bananas and creating a soft and tender texture.

Eggs: Eggs act as a binding agent, providing structure and moisture to the bread.

Yoghurt: Yogurt adds moisture and a subtle tanginess to the banana bread, contributing to its tender texture.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the flavour profile of the bread, adding a warm and aromatic note.

Flour: All-purpose flour serves as the base ingredient, providing structure and texture to the bread.

Salt: Salt enhances the flavours and balances the sweetness of the bread.

Baking Soda: Baking soda acts as a leavening agent, helping the bread rise and become light and fluffy.

Chocolate Chips (Optional): Adding chocolate chips to the batter brings a delightful burst of chocolatey goodness to each bite.

Salted Caramel

  • Granulated Sugar: Granulated sugar is the main ingredient used to create caramel. When heated, it melts and caramelises, transforming into a rich and golden syrup.
  • Salted Butter: Salted butter adds richness, creaminess, and a subtle salty flavour to the caramel. It enhances the depth of flavour and provides a perfect balance between sweetness and saltiness.
  • Heavy Cream: Heavy cream adds a smooth and velvety texture to the caramel, giving it a luscious consistency. It also helps to mellow out the sweetness and adds a touch of richness.
  • Sea Salt: Sea salt is the key ingredient that elevates salted caramel from regular caramel. A small amount of sea salt enhances the sweetness, adds complexity, and creates a delightful contrast with its savoury notes.

alternative ingredients

Gluten-Free Flour: For a gluten-free version, you can use a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.

Vegan Substitutions: To make the recipe vegan, you can use dairy-free alternatives such as vegan butter and yoghurt and replace the eggs with a suitable egg substitute like flax eggs or applesauce.

Preparation Tips for Brown Butter Banana Bread with Salted Caramel

  • Roasting Bananas: Roast the bananas with their skin on to intensify their sweetness and soften their texture. Once cooled, peel and mash them before adding to the batter.
  • Browning Butter: Take care when browning the butter to avoid burning it. Keep a close eye on it as it melts and turns into a golden brown colour with a nutty aroma.

Serving Tips for Brown Butter Banana Bread with Salted Caramel

  • Enjoy a slice of banana bread on its own as a delicious snack or breakfast treat.
  • Serve it warm with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert.
  • Pair it with coffee or tea for a delightful afternoon treat.

storage tips

  • Allow the banana bread to cool completely before storing it.
  • Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
  • The bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerated for up to a week.
  • You can also freeze individual slices of banana bread for longer storage. Wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Thaw the pieces as needed.

Brown Butter Banana Bread with Salted Caramel

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour


Banana Bread

  • 2 bananas
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 banana, cut in half lengthwise

Salted Caramel

  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar , (make sure it’s labeled “pure cane”)
  • 6 tbsp (90g) salted butter, room temperature cut up into 6 pieces
  • 120 ml heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 tsp salt


Salted Caramel

  • Heat granulated sugar in a medium heavy-duty saucepan (avoid using non-stick) over medium heat, stirring constantly with a high heat resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown, amber-coloured liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn it.
  • Once the sugar is completely melted, immediately stir in the butter until melted and combined. Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added. If you notice the butter separating or if the sugar clumps up, remove from the heat and vigorously whisk to combine it again. (If you’re nervous for splatter, wear kitchen gloves. Keep whisking until it comes back together, even if it takes 3-4 minutes. It will eventually– just keep whisking. Return to heat when it’s combined again.)
  • After the butter has melted and combined with the caramelised sugar, stir constantly as you very slowly pour in the heavy cream. Since the heavy cream is colder than the hot caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble when added. After all the heavy cream has been added, stop stirring and allow to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the salt. Allow to cool down slightly before using. Caramel thickens as it cools.
  • Cover tightly and store for up to 1 month in the refrigerator. Caramel solidifies in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove to desired consistency.

Banana Bread:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper, ensuring it covers the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside.
  • Place the unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet and roast them in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until the skins turn dark and the bananas soften.
  • While the bananas are still in the oven, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it turns brown and develops a nutty aroma.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda).
  • Once the roasted bananas have cooled slightly, peel them and mash them in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar and the browned butter until well combined. Beat in the eggs, then add the mashed bananas, yoghurt, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and fold in the chocolate chips, ensuring everything is well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Once baked, allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve the delicious banana bread slices with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, if desired.

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