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. Crazy.

And with sweatpants, comes banana bread.  It’s like an unspoken rule or something. I wanted to switch things up from my usual Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe, and decided on this Brown Sugar Banana Bread! It’s a major win in the banana bread world!

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
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9×5 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


54 Responses

  1. 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)

  2. 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 .

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. Lori

    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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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 (:

  10. 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.

  11. tanya

    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!

  12. Meredith

    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!

  13. Stephanie

    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. 🙂

  14. 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! 😀

  15. Joanna

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

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