Lavender Banana Bread made with a lavender brown butter and lavender simple syrup. The result? A fragrant banana bread exploding with flavor.

Lavender Banana Bread made with a lavender brown butter and lavender simple syrup. The result? A fragrant banana bread exploding with flavor.

Do you ever feel like you made something years ago but it didn’t get the credit it deserved? As a food blogger, I feel this way constantly.

By credit, I don’t mean that it went viral over the interwebs. I mean that it didn’t get shared with many people because at that time Broma Bakery was a baby blog. In fact, many delicious recipes live in a dusty corner of my blog, never to be seen or heard from again. 

Lavender Banana Bread made with a lavender brown butter and lavender simple syrup. The result? A fragrant banana bread exploding with flavor.

So today I decided to revive an old favorite recipe of mine: Lavender Banana Bread. You see, when I made LBB 1.0, it was a total hit in our household. I must’ve made it three times. And to make something three times as a food blogger you know it’s good.

It started as a low-fat banana bread that later became my go-to recipe. But to give it a twist, I infused lavender in a brown butter and mixed it into the bread. To top it all off, I made a lavender simple syrup and brushed it all over the baked bread.

Oh man oh man was it good.

Lavender Banana Bread made with a lavender brown butter and lavender simple syrup. The result? A fragrant banana bread exploding with flavor.

So with LBB 2.0, I kept things pretty much the same, because why mess with a classic? The end result is a moist & fragrant low-fat banana bread exploding in flavor.

The end result is also a much better photoshoot, and more banana bread for me to savor 🙂

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RECIPE

Lavender Banana Bread

Ingredients

    For the bread

    • 2 tablespoons dried lavender
    • 6 tablespoons butter
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs, room temperature
    • 6 ounces plain, whole-milk yogurt
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed

    For the lavender simple syrup

    • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup water

    Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a bread pan with parchment paper.
    2. First, cook 2 tablespoons of the lavender on high heat for about a minute until it begins to release scent. Then, turn the heat down to medium-low and add the butter to the pan. Allow to cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Your butter should begin to brown and small deposits should form on the bottom of the pan. Once the butter is a medium caramel color, remove from heat and strain out the lavender through a fine sieve, catching the butter in a bowl below. Reserve about 1 teaspoon of the strained lavender.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, yogurt, sugar, infused brown butter, and vanilla. Fold in the mashed banana and reserved teaspoon of cooked lavender. Gradually fold in the flour mixture.
    4. Pour the batter into the bread pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
    5. While the bread is cooking, make the lavender syrup. In a small saucepan on medium heat, make a simple syrup with ⅓ cup sugar and ⅓ cup water. Once the sugar dissolves completely, add in 1 tablespoon of lavender. Cook for about a minute, until you can smell the lavender. Set aside.
    6. Once the bread finishes cooking, use a small skewer to poke ~20 holes all over the bread. Place the bread on a wire cooling rack and brush the lavender simple syrup over the top of the bread, then over each side. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then serve!

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    74 comments

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    Lavender in banana bread?! That is new to my face….but a new thing that NEEDS to happen! I totally feel you on wanting to give old recipes some new lovin’ and I am glad you did! Pinned!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Thank you Taylor! Sometimes you just need to revive old favorites 🙂

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    Hi Sarah! I have a question about your recipe. In Step 2, you ask us to Reserve about 1 teaspoon of the strained lavender. In Step 3, we’re instructed to Fold in the mashed banana and ½ teaspoon of cooked lavender. Where is the other ½ teaspoon of cooked lavender used?

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Hi Joanne! Total typo on my end. You should use the full teaspoon. Hope you’re well, and let me know if you make the bread!

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    Oh, I’m going to make the bread. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m looking forward to banana/lavender lusciousness! 🙂

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    YES! Please do keep me posted! It’s really one of my favorite recipes to date 🙂

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    When I make something more than 2 or 3 times I KNOW it’s awesome. Total food blogger problem right there – no time for repeats! Glad you dusted this one off. And you are just killing it with the lavender lately!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Thank you lady!! Dust off- haha. That’s exactly it.

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    I almost bought a lavender plant yesterday as part of my herb garden, but I passed on it. Looks like I’ll be going back for it because this looks perfect! I’ve never cooked with lavender, but banana bread with simple syrup brushed on? Boom boom POW.

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Abby you HAVE to get it! Lavender is just my favorite.

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    Woah! I love the flavor in this bread! I’m always on the look out for new recipes to use my leftover bananas!! And I trust you when you say you’ve made it three times because that’s the same way around here – there is always new things to make and try as a food blogger! 😉

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Right?! It’s like the secret code for “winning recipe”

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    This banana bread sounds divine. Love the floral twist!

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    This looks beautiful, I love the incorporation of lavender!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    Thank you, Sam! It makes for a perfect summer treat 🙂

    Reply

    Sarah, I LOVE this Lavender Banana Bread!!! I’m so glad you shared it here again!! Simply beautiful!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Thanks, Alice! I mean, I couldn’t let it sit in a corner forever!

    Reply

    So glad you are reviving an old favorite. This banana bread looks gorgeous, Sarah! Love the lavender syrup and in the bread!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Thanks Kelly! The syrup soaks right into the bread, making it so floral!

    Reply

    What a great way to use lavender! This sounds wonderful!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    Thank you Jessica!

    Reply

    OK lavender in banana bread? That’s incredible!! And I am so glad you revived this since some of us are new around here!!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    That’s what I figured! Thanks Zainab 🙂

    Reply

    Oh wow, this sounds and looks amazing, Banana and lavender somehow never crossed my mind, but now that you’ve mentioned it, it seems like a fabulous combo! I can imagine it’s as fragrant as you describe. And oh yeah, 3 times is definitely a sign its a winner!! 🙂

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Thanks, Beeta! I totally agree in that you wouldn’t think of it, but damn is it good!

    Reply

    I want to carb-o-load on this baby. <3

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    I’m with ya, girl. Do it!

    Reply

    Lovely photos! That simple syrup sound slike such a kick of flavor 🙂

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    Thank you Medha! It adds the best flavor!

    Reply

    Oh have mercy on my soul, Sarah! This is one babely looking banana bread–and with lavender? Slay me!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    Thank you Amy! I think babely is an apt way to describe it 🙂

    Reply

    I can’t even. You know how I feel about lavender.. and to put it in banana bread?! Slam dunk. I have to try this recipe!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Girlfriend you HAVE to! OMG- what about with some lavender almond streusel?!

    Reply

    YES! And I’ll throw in some the Coconut Lavender almonds!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    PERFECT! 🙂

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    If it’s not broken, don’t fix it and this recipe definitely isn’t!! It looks amazing. I’ve truly got to give this a try.

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    You said it sister!

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    So beautiful and I’m intrigued by this combination of flavours. Love lavender 🙂

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    It’s one of my favorite flavors. So perfect or summer!

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    This is just so yummy. I completely understand about old recipes getting lost. I am still in the baby stages (or at least I feel that way) and just hope things don’t get too lost down the line. Unless you have lots of fans like me who stalks the blogs of food bloggers I like and goes through all the oldies lost in the archives. I am so glad you revived this bread because it is just so incredible sounding. I need to make this happen in my kitchen!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    Awww, you’re too cute! And seriously, I feel like I want to start an archive revival section.

    Reply

    Sign me up and give me a few slice stat! Love this girl and so glad you revived it.

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    Thank you lady lay! I’ll make this for you one day 🙂

    Reply

    Just when I think I have tried every banana bread flavor combo out there..someone comes up with something else.
    I love baking with lavender, and this sounds absolutely divine!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    It’s such a fun combo!

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    Girl, so I have a whole bottle of lavender that has been waiting for a recipe! I’m soo making this over the weekend!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    I mean, it’s fate. You have to!

    Reply

    What a delicious looking recipe! You are so talented! I’d never thought of pairing banana and lavender together before, but now I’ve seen your amazing creation, I know I’m going to have to make this! 🙂

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Oh you have to! Let me know what you think!!

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    I need this lavender bread in my life right now. A big YES to this. Looks absolutely delicious.

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    I don’t think I would have ever thought to put lavender and banana bread together, but I am so going to try it! This sounds so wonderful. 🙂

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    What a delicious looking bread! I’m always looking for inspiration to make new banana breads. Use of lavender with banana is really a good idea! Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

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    Yes I have often felt this way. There are so many recipes I would totally redo and repeat so more people can understand how fantastic they are. This bread is a masterpiece.

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    Thank you Jocelyn! Glad I’m not alone. There needs to be a repeat post option or something!

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    OMG, my previous comment did not go through… This bread looks so delicious and unique! Great job Sarah! Love to, pinned!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    So frustrating. Well thank you Mira!! XO

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    So we have a lavender farm and bakery right around the corner from our home… it’s glorious! I’ve only baked with lavender once and it was phenomenally delicious, I think it’s time to whip out the culinary lavender again! Delicious bread… and I know it’s so moist! It’s the banana!! Yeah! OH – that first shot… the bread is floating.. floating like its light as a cloud.. ! Love it, Sarah!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Jealous of your nearby lavender farm! The air must smell incredible around you. Thank you for the compliments, Traci! XO

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    That banana bread looks SO moist and delicious! I’m a HUGE fan of lavender, so I’m sure I’d love this!! Pinned 🙂

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Thanks Christina! You’d just love this bread, then!

    Reply

    What a gorgeous recipe!

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    This is the most creative way to make banana bread that I have seen in a long time! Who knew lavender and bananas…

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    Genius! This looks so delicious, moist and flavorful. I never thought of pairing bananas and lavender, and I like to lavender up everything I can! Love the new site redesign- so happy you went with Jenn!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    It’s a stellar combo! And thank you thank you. Jenn was amazing and I so appreciate the tip off!

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    I’m normally wary of lavender-infused anything because I don’t really want my sweets to taste like hand soap…but I trust. Implicitly.

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Reply

    No way. You’re missing out, lady!!

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    Lavender anything is amazing. But dang this bread looks fantastic!!

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    Question: you say in the recipe for the dough to use dried lavender, then in the part for the syrup, you just say lavender. Is it calling for dried lavender, or lavender oil?

    Sarah | Broma Bakery
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    Hi Rachel! Both are dried lavender. I’ve changed the recipe to reflect this. Sorry for the confusion!

    Reply

    No worries! Thanks so much! I’m going to try this out for my sister’s bridal shower this weekend 😀

    Reply

    Hi,
    Im looking for breads I can freeze. Plus I’m making them in mini, real mini size like three bites. For my renewal vows tea party foods. So anything I can make ahead and freeze is great.
    Plus, paper on bottom only or all sides. Easy for large loaf but not so with minis if needed on sides. First time ever writing.

    Thank you
    Judith

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