Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze

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Posting my definition of the perfect banana bread recipe has been on my mental and blogger to-do list since about 2009 when I posted my last banana bread recipe and with this recipe, I can finally check that task off my to-do list.

In an ironic twist of timing, Monday August 27 is National Banana Lovers Day.

Guess this recipe was worth the wait because it happens to be the best banana bread I’ve ever made or eaten and after I made it, I began experimenting with other banana bread versions and recipes and have come up with at least three more that I will be posting over next month, one per week, in something I’m calling Banana Bread Fest.

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze sliced

If you’re interested in why I am calling this bread the best ever, feel free to read on; it’s a pretty wordy post. If you just want to stare at the pictures and cut to the recipe, I understand. It’s a peeve of mine when someone says ohmygodthisissogood itwillchangeyourlife and very little explanation about why they feel that way is given. I offered plenty of explanation. What’s brevity?

This banana bread is different than many of the banana bread recipes I see on blogs and Pinterest lately. It’s not loaded up with chocolate chips, white chocolate, there’s no coconut flakes or berries added to the batter. There’s a notable absence of diced peanut butter cups, miniature candies, peanut butter, almond butter, cookie butter spread, Biscoff spread, Nutella or anything else that I see in so many of the recipes floating around.

Those breads and recipes all look wonderful and they all have their time and place, but adding candy to banana bread is not something my grandma did and hers is the banana bread I wanted to most emulate.

I can be the add-candy-and-a-white-chocolate-drizzle queen, but let’s face it, when you have a pile of ripe bananas on your counter and you want to whip up a loaf of bread, sometimes you just need a really good recipe that’s rooted in practicality, not in candy or a fancy nut butter spread.

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze sliced

I incorporated vanilla into the bread in four ways because I’m a vanilla freak. Yes, four. I should have probably called it Vanilla Banana Bread. You can tone it down in places if you wish but I’m not sure why you’d want to.

First, I added one box of vanilla Jell-O instant pudding mix to the batter. I know some people bristle at the thought of a boxed mix of anything and you don’t have to use it, but in this application, one little three-ounce packet of vanilla pudding adds a deeper and richer vanilla flavor and it keeps this bread so incredibly soft, tender, and moist because no one hates dry bread more than me.

My oven runs hot, fast, and furious here in Aruba so the top is just a smidge darker than I wished, but the bread still goes down as the best and moistest that’s ever passed my lips.

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze sliced

Next, I added six ounces of vanilla yogurt to the batter, helping to boost the vanilla flavor, moisture, and tenderness. The thicker the yogurt, the better. Sour cream may be substituted or use plain yogurt or if you have a fun yogurt flavor like mango or coconut cream, I’m sure they’d be lovely as well.

Just don’t use light, diet, or fat-free yogurt. Use full-fat, thicker, or Greek-style yogurt. The point is not to shave calories; the point is to create wonderful, moist, fall-apart-soft bread. Save the thin watery yogurt for something else.

Thirdly, the batter is doused with a tablespoon of vanilla extract. I’d bathe in twenty million tablespoons of vanilla extract if I could.

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze sliced

Finally, I glazed this baby with a vanilla-browned butter glaze, which is to-die-for crazy good and I think should be a mandatory glaze on everything from Baked Vanilla Donuts to Puffy Vanilla and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Although the photos show the glaze applied as a pretty and delicate thin little drizzle, that’s not reality.

Reality is dipping my knife into the jar of glaze and spreading it in a nice thick layer over the entire surface of the bread, like buttering a piece of toast in browned butter frosting. Try it. You’ll love it.

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze sliced

If you’ve never browned butter before, the visual guide below may help guide you in creating the rich, nutty-aroma, and amber-hued butter that’s so scrumptious. Watch the butter closely and stop cooking when the butter is browned, not burned, taking into account carryover-cooking times. Remember to transfer the hot butter into a cool container immediately after removing it from the heat source so that it doesn’t continue to cook and possibly burn.

Browned butter is divine and will make you wonder why you haven’t been browning butter all your life for everything you’ve ever used butter for. Burnt butter is putrid and will make you want to evacuate your kitchen because it’s stinky and vile.

According to Christina Tosi, you can brown butter in the microwave. I tried it here in Aruba rather than browning it on the stovetop and you know what, she’s right. The details are in the recipe section.

Melted butter, brown butter, burned brown butter examplesIt’s been 3-plus years since my last banana bread recipe (vegan, GF) which is truly wonderful, but includes a hefty dose of peanut butter in the batter and peanut butter makes anything more moist and more wonderful. This new banana bread recipe holds it’s own on every level, no peanut butter required.

Another reason I love this new recipe is because no mixer is required. Some recipes call for creaming butter and sugar, creaming in the eggs, beating in the bananas for two minutes and so forth. This recipe instead uses melted butter (and I much prefer melted butter to using oil for the added layer of flavor), and the batter is whisked together in one bowl, which is how my grandma made her banana bread.

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze sliced

A browned exterior and chewy crust with an incredibly moist and soft interior. It rose beautifully and there’s a balance of lightness and tenderness to the crumb but also some density. It’s loaded up with vanilla, and no mixer is required, which is why this is my new favorite banana bread. Scott said that hands down, it’s also the best banana bread he’s ever eaten and he’s not a banana bread guy. He’s a salty ‘n sweet Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels guy.

I can’t wait to make another loaf when I’m back in San Diego with my regular oven. Or make the recipe as muffins, as mini loaves, as a 9-inch banana cake, or maybe add some pumpkin to the batter. My wheels were turning and I’ve since made three more banana bread versions and I’m no where near done. Stay tuned for the recipes in the upcoming weeks of Banana Bread Fest.

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze sliced

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze

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Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze

Makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf (or can be made as two 8-by-4-inch loaves or three mini loaves, adjusting baking times as necessary)

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (half of one stick)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

6 ounces vanilla yogurt (one standard-sized small container; Greek-style preferred, or sour cream may be substituted – do not use fat free or light yogurt or sour cream)

2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups mashed)

one 3.4-ounce box vanilla instant pudding mix (not Cook ‘n Serve), optional see notes below

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

Preheat oven to 350F, spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray with flour (I use Pam for Baking) or grease and flour the pan; set aside.

In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute. To the melted butter, add the sugars, eggs, vanilla, yogurt, and stir or whisk to combine. Add the bananas and stir to incorporate. Add the dry pudding mix and stir to combine (Note: You are not making pudding; simply add the mix as a dry ingredient. You don’t have to use pudding mix but it creates wonderful moisture and flavor in the bread. If omitting, you may wish to add an additional 1/4 cup granulated sugar and an additional 1/4  to 1/3 cup flour, based on taste preference and how your batter looks).

Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined, taking care not to over-mix or bread will be tougher as the gluten will over-develop. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50 to 58 minutes, or until top is golden and set, and a wooden skewer, cake tester, or knife inserted in the center comes out clean. If bread is browning too fast on the top, you may wish to lower your oven temperature to 325F midway through cooking, at about the 30-minute mark if your oven runs hot or tent the pan with foil in approximately the last 20 minutes of cooking. Allow bread to cool in the loaf pan for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.

Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze

1/4 cup butter (half of one stick)

1 cup+ confectioners’ sugar, sifted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoons+ cream or milk, optional and to taste

You can brown the butter in a small saucepan on the stovetop, heating over medium heat. Swirl the pan or stir frequently for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the sputtering, crackling, and foaming has subsided, the butter has browned, and has a nutty aroma. Watch it closely so that it doesn’t go from browned and nutty to burnt and inedible.

Or, brown the butter in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl by heating it on high power, uncovered, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the sputtering, crackling, and foaming has subsided, the butter has browned, and has a nutty aroma. The same rules apply in the microwave as on the stovetop; watch it closely and start checking it every 15-to-30 seconds starting at about the 5-minute mark, so that it doesn’t go from browned and nutty to burnt and inedible.

Transfer hot butter to medium-sized mixing bowl and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.  Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Based on desired glaze consistency and taste preference, add the cream one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached, playing with sugar and cream ratios as necessary. (I only use butter, sugar, vanilla in this glaze, no cream). Drizzle glaze over the top of the bread before slicing and serving; or slice, serve, and glaze each piece individually. I prefer to use the glaze like butter and spread it liberally on the interior surface of a slice.

Store unglazed bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or store glazed bread in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Unglazed bread can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze sliced

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Do you have a tried and true favorite banana bread recipe that you want to link up for Banana Bread Fest?

Or another quick bread recipe you love from zucchini to pumpkin to strawberry bread?

Link it up and have a great week!

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  1. This recipe looks amazing and cannot wait to taste the end result! Could this recipe be turned into muffins vs a loaf? If so, what would be the baking time?

  2. Made this marvelous banana bread you recommended the brown butter glaze is amazing. Thank you.
    ( I only had lactaid milk so I used canister whipped cream one squirt. Glaze became frosting to die for.) wish I could post a pic.

  3. Just learned about home made vanilla, can’t wait to make some. Better start now huh. The banana bread sounds delish.

  4. Hi, Averie–

    This banana bread sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it.

    I’m writing, though, to bring your attention to one teensy typo in your explanation as to why it’s the best banana bread. Up above where you describe “my other recipes,” the second paragraph talks about your wanting to emulate your grandma’s recipe. You state, “…..and hers ‘in’ the banana bread that I most wanted to emulate” instead of “is.”

    That’s it! :)

    C

  5. Hi Averi,
    I have posted my comments on almost all of your sweet treats . I am always waiting for a new post from you.
    I had first tried this banana bread of yours in March this year….and post that have baked it so many times.
    One of my favourite posts from your blog. 
    Averie, I need to make this recipe into an eggless one….I have to make it in the next three hours to be given as a food gift.
    Could you please guide me as to what could come close in giving this bread the same flavour ,moistness etc without the egg.
    I was thinking maybe one of these using cornstarch or more of the bananas as per egg substitute measurements.
    What would you suggest?

    1. So you ou would be taking a LOAF of bread and turning it into bars/cake/something much flatter, and then in the process doubling the recipe. So it may work but I have no idea how it will go. LMK if you try!

  6. I want to make this banana bread but I only by the fat free dry pudding could I use it? I really do not like to buy something I would not use.

    1. You can omit it but I promise it adds amazing texture and flavor but you can omit it there’s some reason you don’t want to use it.

  7. Hi!

    Just made this yesterday after I randomly came across the recipe. I have never made banana bread before so I was a little nervous. But this was amazing!!! Turned out beautifully.. I can’t wait to try more variations!

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you and that it was your first time even making banana bread – great to hear!

  8. Hi Averie,
    I am sorry for not commenting in forever. I did have a healthy baby girl 4 weeks ago and have been super busy with momhood! Its so different mow having 2 kids…life changes. One doesn’t know where time flies!

    But i haven’t forgotten this amazing blog. In the last 3 days i made this bread…which my hubby loved. Also the Nutella cookies with white chocolate chips and the blueberry crumb bar. They were all lvely.

    A belated new years wish…hope 2015 brings you good health and joy. I am excited for all your new recipes.

    Lots ot best wishes, iram

    1. I was just thinking about you the other day because I knew you were due about a week or so before Xmas and figured you had your baby and were KNEE DEEP in new motherhood! Many congratulations on your new bundle of joy and I cannot even believe you are baking right now! You are truly amazing! Have a wonderful new year and enjoy the babymoon…however with 2 little ones, there’s no honeymoon period :)

      So glad you enjoyed these and the Nutella cookies AND the blueberry bars…you are just amazing!!

  9. Hi, Averie. Per usual, I loved your recipe. I’ve made many, many banana bread recipes but I really love this one. I love the texture of the bread and it’s so moist and delicious. Thank you!!

    1. Thanks for the compliments and for trying so many of my recipes! Glad you loved the texture of this banana bread! I agree, yes so moist!

  10. Oh and I’ve always had bad luck with loaf pans, the middle never seems to cook through! Do you think if I used a 9inch square pan it would work too?
    Same baking time? Maybe I’ll just cross my fingers and go with the loaf, I am just nervous bc I’m gifting it! Help! ;)

    1. You could bake it in two 8×4 pans or as a 9-inch square. If you do either, you’ll need to shave off baking time. I do understand your frustration about cooking through with loaf pans (happens to me a lot) but you can put a sheet of foil over the top at about the 30 min mark so top/sides don’t get too browned before center cooks through.

      1. Awesome, will do! I think maybe I’ll do the 2 pans so I can taste one too! :)

  11. Hi! Do you think I could replace the yogurt with peanut butter? I don’t have full fat yogurt or sour cream, just fat free, so I thought maybe peanut butter could work? I hope so, can’t wait to try it! :)

    1. I would just use the yogurt you do have, not PB, since that will alter the recipe too much without possibly making other compensating adaptations.

  12. Hi Averie! I first if all just wanted to thank you for this amazing recipe! I can’t wait to try it out this weekend! I was wondering if the bread would still be just as moist and delicious as muffins?

  13. I have tried so so many different banana bread recipes….at least 30…not even joking. So many my husband and son kid me about it. Every person in our family and all my friends give me their fave family recipe to try and many have been good but not IT. Always looking for that perfect elusive loaf. Your recipe has been sitting in my ever expanding pile of recipes to try and today was the day after scoring a pile of yucky rotten :o) bananas super cheap at the store. It was perfect! EXACTLY what I was looking for…moist but not wet…yes there is such a thing as too many bananas (tried a recipe that called for 6 of them…blech!) I loved everything about it. I was going on about it so much my son even had a slice and that is not typical of him – yes he liked it too. I had to use sour cream because for whatever reason…I can only find low or no fat vanilla yogurt here (southern Illinois)..I did find a few choices of flavored yogurts with fat but not any vanilla…I picked up a coconut…going to try that in a new batch tomorrow (have a couple more bananas to use up…made a batch of whole wheat banana pancakes also today). Oh…did not even use the glaze either although I will try it on at least 1 of the loaves (I made 3 minis and put 2 in the freezer). Thank you for sharing this recipe….deeply appreciated.

    1. You sound like me with the never-ending quest for banana bread recipes – I have about 35+ here that I have personally tried/made – all are my own recipes, nothing adapted from others because I don’t trust most ppl’s banana bread recipes :)
      https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/02/30-favorite-banana-bread-and-banana-recipes.html

      This one that you made though, honestly, of ALL of them, it always works, and I love it, every time. If you can find any kind of Greek yogurt (some of the low/no fat ones are nice and thick these days) you can use that instead of the sour cream but sounds like you’re perfectly happy.

      I also have a 6-banana loaf and I love it…but the odds of having 6 bananas all laying around being brown/black are not likely for many ppl. That’s why I love the recipe you made :)
      https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/05/six-banana-banana-bread.html

  14. Banana bread came out perfect! Soooo moist, and the flavor was amazing! Advice to others making this: don’t change a thing!

    Averie, you are the master and i am but your humble grasshopper. Thank you for making baking fun and idiot-proof for the beginner.

    1. Thanks for trying this, Ande, and for the funny and nice things you said :) I am glad you found it to be idiot-proof & that you told others not to change a thing! (I wish more people would just do that!)

  15. Just wondering, if I were to freeze this bread, how would you suggest thawing it? Would it be best to pop it in the oven for a while, or just let it sit out until it’s thaw, or something else?

    1. Just on the countertop! Won’t take but maybe 1-2 hours, depending on how warm your kitchen is. Don’t pop it in the oven. In my experience, it will just dry it out!

  16. This is still cooling on my counter, yet I’ve eaten almost half of it already. It’s SO good. I did some things a bit different as to avoid going to the store. I left out the pudding and added 1/4 C flour and 1/4 C brown sugar instead of granulated. My batter was a touch dry, so I added a bit more vanilla extract. Maybe 1-2 tsp. Can’t go wrong there! I also used plain Greek yogurt. I love that the top is beautiful browny crispiness and the inside is moist and soft. Next time I will add walnuts as I just love them in banana bread. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. So glad you loved it and were able to work with what you had on hand! I think that 1/4 c flour AND 1/4 c brown sugar as a replacement for pudding mix may have been a touch on the high side only b/c pudding mix is so fine and powdery – then again, I haven’t tested it. If you ever feel like it’s dry in the future, another half of a banana would probably do the trick too – but so does vanilla. Love that! So happy you found a recipe you like so much and thanks for report back!

      1. Hmmm…I added both based on the options you listed in the directions…just swapped out the brown for granulated. Is that the difference? Oh, and I almost threw in another whole banana for an in-your-face banana flavor. lol

      2. Well, learn something new every day! I never would’ve thought of it that way since brown sugar is “wetter” than granulated. Now I wish I would’ve added that banana. I have some in the freezer I think I will thaw tomorrow and make some more. Although, I’m leaning towards your coconut oil/pineapple one. Been eyeing that one for a while now.

      3. Well with banana bread – IMO, you can never go wrong adding another banana because it usually will only about about 1/3 cup mashed banana and that’s not going to do much to the batter other than moisten it, which is a good thing :)

        https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/fluffy-vegan-coconut-oil-banana-muffins.html They are EXCELLENT and combine bananas + coconut oil

        The loaf you’re talking about is good too! https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/03/pineapple-coconut-oil-banana-bread.html

        And if you’re sick of bananas but want a stellar EASY loaf https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/cinnamon-sugar-crust-cinnamon-ribbon-bread.html

        Please LMK what you end up making!

  17. Baked this bread this afternoon…just tried the first slice…and then immediately another one….oh my god…this one is sooooooo good!

    Used a pudding powder that is available in shops here in NL, don’t know whether it compares to yours but yummmm I loved it!

    Thanks for sharing…looking forward to find more yummie recipes here in the future :-)

    1. So glad to hear you made this and are loving it! It’s my fave ‘basic’ banana bread but it’s far from basic :) Your pudding powder sounds about like what we have and whatever you did, sounds like it worked! LMK if you try other recipes!

      1. Will certainly do…I just recently started to fall in live with baking…especially with bananas (driving my friend nuts here too *grin*) and just love the recipes from your site and some other -no sites from Holland funnily enough-

        Living in Holland does present some difficulties for certain ingredients but some are easily replaced by something dutch (like the custard pudding powder I used) or not…it means sometimes that I cannot bake it but that’s okay (not always, sometimes I’m totally drooling here and grumpy since no Reece’s thingys can be bought here f.e.), as long as I find things like these ;-)

        Got ideas also for this one…as muffins (oh more crust-must be heaven)…with chocolate…other fruit yummmm (my stomach growls for more RIGHT now_

      2. We have a house in Aruba (Dutch island) and I am very familiar with Dutch grocery stores and foods! Last summer I did this post about various PBs I bought there! https://www.averiecooks.com/2012/08/peanut-butter-comparison.html

        I totally understand the challenges of finding ingredients you want. When I make simple things there, I sometimes have to go to 3 or 4 grocery stores and pray I can even find what I want! If you ever need suggestions about substitutions on my recipes with ingredients, just email me :)

  18. BEST. BANANA BREAD. EVER. It’s taking all I have to not eat the entire loaf myself! I’m already planning for my next batch! Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Abby, I totally agree!!!!! I have about 15 recipes for banana bread on my site, and THIS is the one to beat. It always turns out, it never fails, it’s always super moist, I truly love it! Glad you’re a fan, too! :) Thanks for LMK you tried it!

  19. This banana bread looks and sounds amazing! I just baked with bananas (for some delicious banana bars with brown butter frosting AND a honey cinnamon crumble banana bread) but now, I want to make this bread too! Why must you do this to me?! ;)

    1. Just checked out your post and I’m so glad you made it, loved it, and that it’s hands down the best banana bread you’ve ever had. I agree and I don’t toss words like ‘best ever’ around lightly so when I say it, I do mean it and glad you concur!

    1. Thanks so much and for blogging about it, too. Glad you love it and it’s my base-recipe that I derive all my other banana breads, cakes, etc from!

  20. i have this in the oven right now and it smells soooooooo good! and i made this glaze and i’m holding myself back from digging in with a spoon. Mmmmmm :) thanks avery! can’t wait for the bread to get done!

    1. Thanks for making this and telling me about it, Marti! By now it’s out of the oven and I hope you’ve dug in with a big serving of bread & glaze and that it made your morning :)

  21. I just made this the other day, and it was absolutely divine. The best banana bread I’ve ever tasted, yum! I thought the frosting was a little unnecessary in the end, as it took away from the pure delicious taste of the bread itself. I ended up scraping it off, but my mom liked it a lot. The foil over the bread was definitely a helpful tip as the top of the bread browned very quickly. Overall, GREAT recipe. I’ll recommend it to anyone I know who loves banana bread! Thanks for taking the time to make the recipe so clear and easy to do!

    1. I am so glad you tried it and loved it! Yes, the glaze is an afterthought, it’s not necessary; I am a glaze person (like your mom), my husband is not as much (more like you). But glad that you have a go-to banana bread base recipe that you enjoy!

  22. I literally just made this banana bread tonight, I am not a baker of any kind I am only used to cooking simple dinner etc so I was bit worried. It turned out perfectly! I made 2 (doubled the quantities) and it is delicious and moist and not dry at all. Thanks for the lovely and SUPER EASY recipe! :D

    1. I love comments like this, Alexa! Thanks for trying the recipe and reporting back and so glad you had success with it and found it to be easy! Those are my goals with the recipes I post and I am thrilled it was a hit for you!

  23. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve now made this banana bread twice both times it was perfect, and the best banana bread I’ve ever made, or had. I gave my friend a slice, and told her I was mixing a batch for our Hells Canyon Relay coming up (running event in Eastern Oregon 210miles 12 people 2 days you know the kind) and she asked me to make some for her van of people too. I said I would because runners need this kind of bread. I did sub in a little white whole wheat for 1/2 cup of the all purpose flour and couldn’t tell the difference. Anyway thanks for the perfect recipe, it is now my only banana bread recipe.

    1. Oh I am SO GLAD to hear this! I feel like it’s my perfect banana bread, too. I’ve since made other versions with zucchini, pumpkin; I have apple (tomorrow) carrot (next week and it’s amazing) and a few others coming up. Yes, it’s truly been banana bread fest! But they all derive from this base!

      Good to know about the flour substitution. I never even keep white w.w. on hand, just white A.P.

      Good luck with your relay, too!

  24. Once again, your photos speak volumes to your recipes. Question: do you always shoot during the day with natural light? If not, what do you use to create the natural light and make the natural colors of the food pop?

    1. I shot these pics at my house in aruba which paradoxically gets HORRIBLE natural light; great for A/C house cooling purposes, horrible for food photography. I shoot during daylight hours only, whatever the peak hours of the day in the house I’m in will be. I use light bounces and reflector boards and then edit all images in LR4.

      See
      http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2011/04/making-lightbounces-using-light.html

      and
      http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/photography

  25. I am all ready for banana fest week:-) I just need to make up a batch of this classic (awesome) bread and dunk it in the glaze. Yes, dunk, no drizzling going on here:-) Vanilla and browned butter…two of my most favorite smells!!!

    1. More like banana fest month…one banana bread recipe each week for a month. Didn’t want to make the folks who hate bananas suffer for a whole week, all at once, but if they hate bananas, well…oh well :)

  26. Your banana bread looks absolutely incredible my friend, the height of moist and beautiful :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  27. I really, really miss a good banana bread. Gluten-free versions just aren’t the same – I don’t care what anyone says! Just not the same. :)

    1. My GF version that I linked in the post is really good…It’s been ages since I made it; but it’s really good. It’s not totally traditional but it’s close!

      1. I have only tried a couple of different versions that were very disappointing. But I guess I shouldn’t give up!

  28. This banana bread is breathtaking, Averie! I just made banana bread this week, too. But that brown butter glaze has me thinking I’ll be making another loaf very soon!

    1. I have at least 3 more banana bread recipes pre-written and was just looking over a few of your zucchini posts from your archives and I think you’ll be pleased :)

  29. You can never have too much vanilla if you ask me! Love this banana bread, especially that browned butter glaze is involved. :)

  30. Banana bread is my favorite. I have started making healthier breakfast versions since I am going to be in a rush in the morning with the start of preschool and wont have as much time to sit down at the table for breakfast. My breakfast oatmeal banana bread is here… http://fuelmyfamily.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/healthy-oatmeal-banana-bread-a-recipe/
    Now I wish I wouldn’t have eat my last ripe banana in my oatmeal this morning because i want some banana bread! Maybe I’ll make my first pumpkin bread of the season instead!

    1. pumpkin bread is the FIRST thing on my to-make list when I’m back in San Diego — seriously craving it. LMK if you get a recipe up – would love to see it!

  31. i have been reading your blog for over a year and half now – i LOVE the new look and your photography and recipes and editing/styling – everything :) the only thing is i can’t stop reading your posts and i’m mostly raw vegan and all these cooked baked delights are sooooooo tempting!!! lol. no other site makes me want to eat cooked sweets more than yours averie!

    by the way, i think the vanilla pudding mix in the banana bread is genius. if i make a real baked banana bread again, i will remember your recipe and definitely try it out. i’m a vanilla fiend too.

    1. Thanks for the nice words, Jordan, and glad I’ve got you tempted at least – that’s high praise coming from a mostly raw vegan like yourself!

  32. You had me at vanilla 4 ways. And of course browned butter. Though, I’ve never actually browned butter myself…at least not on purpose. This looks amazing girl…and ARUBA!?!? Hope you are having an amazing time.

    1. Yes it’s been great here. Headed back to reality this week and browned butter, you’ll fall in love!

  33. holy Banana Bread Batman! THat looks outrageously delicious! and with browned butter — swoon:)

  34. Thanks for the visual on the brown butter, so good to know! I haven’t cooked with butter in a long, long time. I love the smell of it browning on the stove top. My Mom used to make brown butter cookies and they were out of this world amazing!

    1. It sort of permeates the house; it’s a very tell-tale smell when you cook butter and it can be delicious or not so much, depending on who you ask OR just how well-cooked you take the butter :)

  35. I’m sold on this bread! Not that it took very much convincing once you mentioned the instant pudding–I do love a great, moist spice bread. Also, I’m not sure why it took so long to register, but I didn’t realize you were from San Diego! Love that place–I’d be hankering to be back in that amazing weather if I was from there, too. It’s still sweltering two hours north in the big LA.

    1. The only thing I currently miss about San Diego is my reliable oven – other than that, I’d be happy to be in Aruba forever but reality is going to set back in later this week :(

  36. You know how I don’t like bananas, but I love banana bread. Well, I used to keep a steady supply of bananas in my freezer, but I haven’t gotten any in over a year. Just last week I bought a big bunch of those way reduced about to be really bad bananas and froze them. I was planning on making banana bread this week! And I HATE when people add anything to banana breads. I’m all for the pimped out cookies, but I like my muffins and cakes and bread simple. And easy.

    You know, I’m not even weirded out anymore when this kind of thing happens anymore.

    1. And I plan to adopt more posts like this – more focus on the FOOD writing and technique and just overall FOOD on a food blog :) And yes, keeping things simple is best when it comes to certain things!

  37. I too am a vanilla freak! I put way more then I should in all my recipes, I just tone it own for my readers. I love the stuff! Your banana bread looks out of this world! Adding vanilla pudding to it is genius, I can only imagine how much moister it must be. I am book marking this recipe fr next weekend baking! Ohhh, I can’t wait!!

  38. Averie, this is my kinda recipe. Growing up, my grandma also had an amazing banana bread (whose recipe I still use) so I know the need for a moist and dense recipe! I am so glad you made one without candy or whatever in it. The glaze on top (spread over the whole slice – YES!) does indeed look like your donut frosting. I say, spread it on thick and have a bowl nearby for dipping! That very last photo is killer. Sooo good! I cannot wait to make this! Awesome! :-)

    1. Dense, moist, thick, rich, grandmotherly, without being trendy and stuffed with candy (which is nice but sometimes you just need a classic) were my goals here! Cannot wait to hear what you think of it if you try it!

  39. Hi Averie. This banana bread looks amazing! I mean I’m totally going to bake a loaf up this fall , (maybe even this week) and I’m even going to be a rebel and add the vanilla pudding mix. I so live on the edge, right? I actually love how the top got all brown, it looks so good!

    Jackie :)

  40. Wow. This bread really does look and sound amazing. I appreciate the details in the post! Definitely bookmarking this for baking in the next few weeks. Thanks!

    – Shannon @ moveeatcreate.wordpress.com

    1. I’ve been trying to provide more details since I always appreciate them when reading blogs – the little snippets and trivia can be really helpful I think!

    1. It looks great and my last banana bread recipe circa 2009 is vegan and GF and I do love it and it’s amazing how good vegan banana bread can be – bananas are miracle foods I think :)

  41. As I think about your recipe, I remembered a browned butter frosting I used on cashew cookies many years ago (sooo good). Pudding mix always seems to work wonders in quick breads, and I’ve used yogurt for the same purpose. All those great ideas in one amazing loaf! I’m so glad for the browned butter reminder– I had completely forgotten about it but I’ll be slathering on that glaze with a knife as well! I wish I had a couple of really ripe bananas NOW, but I will by later in the week so this is at the top of my to-bake list. Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. You know you can put them in a brown paper bag on the counter and really speed things up for ripening if you want! And the browned butter glaze on cashew cookies; mmmm! And yes, slather it on like buttering a slice of bread. Not some little thin, dinky, glaze. Plentiful abundance :)

    1. thanks for the award – I appreciate it! And good luck coming up with your banana bread recipe!

  42. My mouth is watering right now. That glaze looks so incredible! I have it in my head to try a new banana bread this weekend. I’lll let you know how it turns out!

  43. I love the coincidence because I’m in the same boat! I baked banana bread for Treats With a Twist this weekend and am going to be posting it too!
    I love anything with browned butter, so yours looks so amazing!

  44. I liked that you put a glaze on the banana bread. The bread itself looks so moist and delicious.

  45. I just bought a bunch of overripe bananas yesterday with the intention of making SOMETHING banana. I can’t get enough banana lately! Love this bread. The vanilla pudding is quite the surprise! I bet the flavor–and scent– is incredible. This is definitely unlike any other banana bread I’ve ever seen. We used to make dozens and dozens of loaves at our farm market’s bakery, but it was always the same recipe. Today, not so much. You never know what you’re going to get with your bananas. :)

    1. Well here you go – now you have a way to use them up and yes the pudding is just a little bit of ‘insurance’ that guarantees amp’ed up vanilla flavor AND moisture – key :)

  46. I’m all about bananas in baked goods! I’ve been very into a vegan banana muffin recipe lately- I must try your take! I like you explanation on why its so darn good!

    1. LMK if you end up trying it – it’s older than the hills, well, 2009 :) What a different life & blog back then. I’m sure you feel the same way about your archives some days :)

  47. Averie, I know how hard you worked on this recipe and you truly produced a WINNER. It’s beautiful and the pictures literally show how moist and rich it is. When I first read that you added vanilla in 4 ways, my mind was racing! How on earth did she do that? I couldn’t wait to read more. Your description and detail to this post is MUCH appreciated. I know readers like to actually… umm… read about the recipes and how-tos rather than seeing a picture of the recipe and reading a story about nothing-to-do-with-the-freaking-recipe. :)

    Loving the pudding addition. And I never thought to brown butter in the micro before! That is super interesting, I must try that next time. A simple, homestyle, classic banana bread recipe.. with no “extras” to make it outstanding, is certainly noteworthy in my book. I am so excited for banana bread fest! ;)

    1. Yes, you of all people know all my trials and tribulations. As I told Hayley above, ‘trying to figure out butter (melted or creamed), oil, a combo of both, one or the other. Sugar – brown, white, combo, etc. Sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt, some all, none, combo, etc. Pans, sizes, one large, two small, 8×8, 9×9, cake pans, loaf pans, times, temps – girl I have DONE IT ALL. Baking soda, baking powder — trust me, Ive been thru the banana circus :)’

      And yes, this is not a gimmicky recipe, this is a classic. Other than maybe the pudding mix :) But it adds insurance of moisture and flavor, mmm, sooo good.

      Glad you like my methods and descriptions. More cold hard facts, less stories, that’s how I’m feeling about blogging these days :)

      And that pic you like – I submitted it but I bet they won’t choose that one. Maybe TS will. FG, I doubt it. I just hope they take any. lol

  48. Banana, zucchini and pumpkin breads are my favorites. Great idea with the multiple ways to bring in the vanilla flavor. I can’t wait to follow the comments and read about what people have made.

    I have a pumpkin bread recipe that I personally think it is fabulous–but it’s still just written on a piece of scratch paper. I’ll have to put it up on my blog when I make it this fall. So stay tuned. ;)

    1. PLEASE PLEASE post it! And Lmk when the post goes live. I love pumpkin-banana bread and can’t wait to see your methods!

  49. You know what my favorite smell on earth is? The scent of banana bread baking. And you know I’m a vanilla freak too, so I bet this is the BEST-smelling banana bread ever. Gorge!

    1. The vanilla 4 ways AND the banana bread – yes, I wanted to bottle the fragrance and never let it go :)

  50. I love that you made such a classic banana bread. Sometimes it’s nice to let those flavors shine. The addition of brown butter glaze sounds heavenly, especially when you talk about spreading it on like butter. I have a favorite zucchini muffin recipe that I make all the time. I love it because I pack tons of zucchini into it, and it makes me believe it’s quite healthy. Here’s the link: http://piesandplots.net/zucchini-muffins/ Hope you’re having a great weekend :)

    1. you just used two words that I have posts about coming up next week: zucchini and classics.

      And thanks for actually reading the post (I know most people don’t!) and realizing that yes, I spread the glaze on like butter, and oh, it’s sooo good ;)

      1. I try to always read full posts because more than a baking blogger I’m an aspiring novelist. My love of writing leads my posts to be very, very long most of the time, and I always hope people read them. Plus it helps me get to know my fellow bloggers better and learn about recipes I actually intend to make.

  51. This banana bread looks beautiful, Averie! I have a problem with banana bread because most of the recipes I’ve made produce a really dry bread. I’ve tried switching the fat from butter to oil to yogurt to sour cream, I’ve tried baking it in different pans and different temps for different times and NOTHING produces the dense yet light, super moist banana bread I want. This, however, looks like it’s going to answer all my problems. It looks gorgeous–and that white chocolate drizzle, hellloooo perfection!! Hope you saved me a slice :)

    1. Hayley I so understand your issues! I have spent years trying to figure out butter (melted or creamed), oil, a combo of both, one or the other. Sugar – brown, white, combo, etc. Sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt, some all, none, combo, etc. Pans, sizes, one large, two small, 8×8, 9×9, cake pans, loaf pans, times, temps – girl I have DONE IT ALL. Baking soda, baking powder — trust me, Ive been thru the banana circus :) I think you will love this one and have success b/c if I could do it with 90% humidity in this oven I have here, anyone can!

      And it’s not actually white chocolate — it’s browned butter with confectioners sugar. You’ll want to drink it!