A crowd-pleasing favorite gets a flavorful update with Brown Butter Banana Bread!

A crowd-pleasing favorite gets a flavorful update with Brown Butter Banana Bread!

My sister Rebe used to lick sticks of butter like ice cream. Somehow, she’d get an entire stick of butter from the fridge, peel off the wax paper wrapping, and slurp down half a stick in one sitting.

I never understood it. She’d sit there on her little chubby baby butt, laughing and licking.

I mean, most of us stick to cookie dough or brownie batter. But whatever.

A crowd-pleasing favorite gets a flavorful update with Brown Butter Banana Bread!

S’all good, because Rebe is now a normal-sized human being and she isn’t addicted to butter.

This brown butter banana bread is made with yogurt and toasted brown butter, making it a supremely moist and flavorful bread. It tastes almost like a toasted banana bread from the browned milk solid bits.

And slathered in more butter? Gah. Perfection.

A crowd-pleasing favorite gets a flavorful update with Brown Butter Banana Bread!

How simple and elegant would this be for Easter morning? Or any weekend morning, for that matter? It stays moist for up to 5 days, too, which means you can enjoy leftovers all week long 🙂


Brown Butter Banana Bread

A crowd-pleasing favorite gets a flavorful update with Brown Butter Banana Bread!
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 large loaf 1x


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain, whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 banana, for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the butter over low heat for roughly 5 minutes, swirling the pan every 20 seconds or so. Heat until the milk solids turn a light golden brown color. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, mashed bananas, and brown butter. After mixing, stir in eggs, yogurt, and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk both flours, baking soda, and salt. Fold gently into batter until just combined.
  5. Pour into loaf pan and top with thinly sliced banana pieces. I used ½ a banana for this part. Bake for roughly 1 hour, until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before serving!



Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect

This looks delicious and I love the decoration on top – so simple but effective. I cannot believe your sister used to lick butter – I feel sick just thinking about it! Bleurgh.


This bread sounds perfect! Love the browned butter and that it’s made with yogurt!!

Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It

Banana bread is EVERYTHING. It’s always been my go-to breakfast recipe when I have people over or I’m going to someone’s place for the weekend. Thank you so much for sharing, browned butter is also everything!! I can’t wait to see all your pics from Arizona, even though I was living vicariously through your Snapchats haha!

Karen O

This bread sounds really interesting. I love your recipes. What size loaf pan should be used for this Banana Bread? I do not always know what size is best.


Hi Karen,

I actually have mine baking in the oven right now. I used a 9 x 5″ loaf pan.

Sarah | Broma Bakery

I typically use a 1.5 pound bread pan!

Lucia @ The Foodwright

Brown butter makes EVERYTHING better in my book! That is seriously so funny that Rebe would eat butter. Kinda nasty but you know, whatever makes her happy! Haha

Sarah | Broma Bakery

I SO agree. And yes, whatever makes her happy, I guess. Lol.

Medha @ Whisk & Shout

This banana bread looks amazing! I love me some brown butter (and some more butter on top), but I don’t think I’m quite at “eating the stick itself” yet 🙂 Pinning!

Ashlyn | Dollop Of Yum

This looks amazing! I am absolutely obsessed with brown butter so this is right up my ally!


This is such a beautiful banana bread! I love the way you arranged the bananas on top!! And the crumb looks amazing.


Love the touch of sliced bananas on top! And brown butter…yum!


Looks awesome! Perfect for Easter! Pinned!

Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers

Yum! And as luck would have it, my Dad just gave me a bunch of ripe bananas. It was meant to be 🙂


Are there any substitutions I can use for the white sugar? Brown sugar, coconut sugar, honey..? Thanks!

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Brown sugar would be amazing!

Gaby Dalkin

What a pretty banana bread! Brown butter makes everything magical so I have no doubt this is absolutely delicious!!


This is my son’ favorite. The only banana bread he will eat.

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