Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Bourbon Brown Sugar Banana Bread


Banana Bread

I love banana bread. I love brown sugar. I love bourbon. I love this recipe. Oh, and it’s really, I mean really, easy to make.

Mash bananas…

Banana Bread

Mix in browned butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and spices…

Banana Bread

Add leavening…

Banana Bread

And flour, put the batter into loaf pan…

Banana Bread

And bake. Enjoy with butter and a cup of coffee (optional). That’s it!

Banana Bread

Bourbon Brown Sugar Banana Bread
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

  • 4 very ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted salted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brown your butter. With a wooden spoon, mix browned butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon, then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.


Author: Marianne

Hi my name is Marianne Gries, welcome to Art is the Handmaid of Human Good. I use this space to write about and share pictures of things that interest me. That includes my life in Lowell, my adventures in car-lite living, the food I cook and eat, my dogs, home improvement projects, vacations, knitting, and interesting things and places I see and visit. Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “Bourbon Brown Sugar Banana Bread

  1. You are psychic! I have some very ripe bananas sitting around and was planning on baking some banana bread today. I’ll definitely try this recipe. Thanks for posting!

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