Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Brown Sugar Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze | Cookies and Cups

Memorial Day weekend doesn’t conjure up images of sweatpants and slippers, does it?

Unless you live in New Jersey.


This past weekend, when most are wearing swimsuits and running through sprinklers, we were huddled up around a fire and burning pumpkin spice candles.




And with sweatpants, comes banana bread.  It’s like an unspoken rule or something.


I’m dipping into my Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook again on this one.  Actually, this recipe is the reason I bought the book.

Brown Sugar Banana Bread?  Sahn mahh uppp.


Of course I made some tweaks here and there.

I used my beloved Chobani in the batter, because, well, it’s amazing…and of course I added a glaze.

A Brown Sugar Glaze.


Honestly, why in the world don’t people glaze banana bread?  It’s like the loaf cake no one frosts, why IS that?!

Anyhow, I needed to remedy the nakedness of banana bread instantly.

And people, you’ll never go naked again.  Serious.


Brown Sugar Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze.

Brown Sugar Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze | Cookies and Cups

The recipe is pretty basic…

You’ve got flour, baking soda salt and of course brown sugar.
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Next up get you some old-ish bananas.

And peel them from the bottom, I swear…apparently the monkeys eat them this way, and really, who am I to argue? photo IMG_0542_zps2f6e8088.jpgMash the bananas and add in your Greek yogurt or sour cream, whichever you prefer…

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Don’t forget your melted butter… photo IMG_0547_zpsd997005c.jpg

Mix the dry with the wet… photo PicMonkeyCollage_zps1ede2008.jpg

And boom! Bake it.


When you bread is done and cooled off a bit, go ahead and make your glaze.

This glaze you guys.  Brown sugar, butter, heavy cream…

It’s so good you’ll want to stick your face up in there and motorboat it.

Too far?

 photo IMG_0554_zps4c7e16ec.jpgPour that on your bread and you’re finito!

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Like seriously? photo IMG_0575_zps3c056863.jpg

And of course you can slather some butter all up on there.  I mean, really.Brown Sugar Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze | Cookies and Cups


Brown Sugar Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
  • ¼ cup Greek Yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2½ Tbsp butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9x5 loaf pan with with cooking spray liberally, set aside
  3. In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. In another bowl mix together mashed banana, sour cream, eggs, melted butter and vanilla.
  5. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run knife around the edges of pan to release any parts that might be sticking and then remove from pan, transferring t o a wire rack to cool.
  1. In small sauce pan, combine all ingredients, heat over medium until mixture reaches a full boil. Boil for 2 minutes and then remove from heat.
  2. Let mixture cool for 5-10 minutes and then pour over banana bread. Glaze will set up and then cut into slices.
Store airtight for up to 2 days.

Recipe adapted from Back in the Day Bakery


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Cookbook Queen

Absolutely GORG!! I LOVE that cookbook but have yet to bake anything from it yet.

And hello, I hate when people act like loaf cakes are a bread. It’s a cake, people. AND CAKE NEEDS A FROSTING. (or glaze)


It took me about 15 tries to figure out what sahn mahhh uppp meant. Probably because my brain exploded when I saw that glaze.


I just started using brown sugar in my banana bread and it makes all the difference in the texture. I will never go back.
Oh and glazing banana bread? You should probably run for President .

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

I need banana bread! And I need it to not be naked! WHY AREN’T THERE BANANAS IN THE HOUSE? Sigh.


Sorry to hear about the bad weather!

Oh well, at least you had banana bread! Really it is stunning and that glaze!! Holy moly, hold the phone! I need a slice! Plus, banana bread is my favorite and anything with brown sugar is always delicious!

Julie @ Table for Two

I need to bake banana bread just to have this glaze.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

I’ve seen that recipe in the Back in the Day cookbook (love that book!!) and now I want to try it! I have a banana bread recipe on Wednesday I’m posting…but…you can never have too many banana bread recipes, right!

Your bread looks great and the GLAZE. That is soooo perfect!

MImi @ Culinary Couture

Yeah I would really like to know when the weather in Jersey will start to have some sort of consistency, of the warm kind. But I guess it’s okay if it brings out recipes like this. I have never tried banana bread with a glaze…can’t wait to taste what I’m missing out on!


oooh my gosh! I wanna it now! :O

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

Sweatpants and banana bread = best combo ever.

Colleen @ What

I think my weekend plans this coming weekend are going to involve sweatpants and this banana bread, no matter what the weather. Looks amaaaazing! That glaze?? Yikes.

Katrina @ WVS

Love that drizzle on top! Cool idea!

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

I’ll be in NJ next week. You’re telling me I have to bring a jacket? That stinks. I thought I was escaping the cold!

And I love the sound of this bread! I’ve never made banana bread with a glaze like that. A dirty shame, it is.

Luv What You Do

I love everything banana bread and this glace looks incredible!


I’m making this today on a rainy day in NJ! LOL! As well as your “nutter butter” cookies. I’m off today and it seems fitting to do what I love. My co-worker made the nutter butter cookies after I reposted your post and she made them, now I HAVE to make them!
But this bread looks amazing! Can’t wait!!

bridget {bake at 350}

I’ll never eat naked banana bread again.


This is one fantastic looking banana bread. I love that there’s Greek yogurt in it, as well. I’ve never had banana bread with a glaze, so this I’ve got to try!


I layed ripe banana’s out on the counter last night so I could remember to make something divine with them….you just did all the brain work for me! This recipe is PERFECT timing! I love all things brown sugar, too! Yum!

Heather @ Snookie

It was cold in my neck of the woods as well. I should have made banana bread, then at least my house would have smelled good.


Actually I don’t think I’ve ever posted a glaze-less banana bread! What would be the point of that?! This brown sugar glaze is my life.


Now, that’s a banana bread I haven’t tried… and, I agree… why DON’T we glaze banana bread? It’s a great idea!

Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion

I have a 3 frozen banana’s and now I have something to make!

Around The Kitchen in the

This looks DELISH!!! I am going to the store now to get bananas!

Jennifer | Bake or Break

I love using brown sugar in banana bread. Actually, I just love using brown sugar. Your bread looks just lovely and I am so with you on the glaze.


Just sign me up for anything having to do with brown sugar! This looks pretty delicious.


This bread sounds incredible! How good does that glaze look?!


Oh the brown sugar glaze looks amazing! I never thought about it, but it’s true…for some reason, we don’t think about glazing banana bread. The recipe looks great! I’m craving banana bread now (:

Colette @ JFF!

Brown sugar makes everything better, doesn’t it?

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I love brown sugar, I just want to dive head first into this glaze!


Need this in my life!


I’m thinking this is good for sweatpants or no sweatpants days. Uh huh.

Katie Brigstock

YUMMY. that looks delicious!! xx

Anne @ Have a Cookie!

I have all the ingredients and can’t wait to try this one out!


Took me a bit to translate Sahn Maa Uuupppp! 🙂 But yes, brown sugar and bananas…nummy!


oh I bet this is SO moist and amazing Shelly!!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

I want some now!

Alissa S.

This is so crazy…I just made a banana bread on Monday!

Annie @ Annie

Yummy! Banana bread is so yummy and your glaze is to die for! Definitely need to make this!

amy brich

Made this last night and it was incredible! I also added some toffee chips into the batter. It was a huge hit this morning.

Laura Dembowski

This looks awesome! As if banana bread isn’t yummy enough, you went and added a delectable glaze!


I just made this amazing banana bread (using vanilla greek yogurt) and heard “this is the best banana bread I’ve ever had” Thanks Shelly for your amazing recipe, it will def be my go-to banana bread recipe from now on!


I found this recipe by searching brown sugar banana bread, since I had a surplus of bananas and only brown sugar in the house. I’m so glad I did, because this is the best banana bread I’ve ever had! I didn’t even use the glaze–but I made up for that glaring oversight by slathering it in butter. Thanks for a great recipe!


Delicious!! I made mine into muffins. Baked at 375* for about 15 mins. Also substituted ww flour for 1/2 the flour. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. 🙂


I have not been one to motorboat, but I might make an exception! I actually already have this book and never took notice of this recipe. Beautiful pictures and great points. Indeed we should glaze banana bread with that delicious brown sugar glaze! 😀


Could this be baked in mini loaf pans?


Made this great recipe and put dates and a bit of spice & pineapple ….
Pecans would be nice too !
As for the glaze super yummy…..

My Inner Chick

O My, you had me on Brown Sugar, Mama. Can’t wait to make this!!


Just made these in mini loaf pans, doubled the recipe. My only question is, do these freeze well with the glaze on?