Best ever, browned butter, old fashioned, traditional, banana bread.

Best ever, brown buttered, old fashioned one bowl banana bread

I’d say I consider myself a banana bread connoisseur. Not necessarily because I’m and expert banana bread baker, but mostly due to the large amounts of banana sweets I’ve consumed over the years. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve taken down in large quantities: banana bread (of course), banana nut muffins, banana pudding, and fresh banana ice cream (a family tradition and favorite in these dogged NC summers). Basically, I’m an expert eater. 

Best ever, brown buttered, old fashioned one bowl banana bread

Really though, banana bread has been an all time family favorite growing up. I’m not sure if we as kids liked bananas or not, but I am sure that many a banana bushel was left on purpose for some intentional ripening. Once we saw those beautiful brown spots, we knew bread was close to follow so no way we were touching those bananas after that.

Best ever, brown buttered, old fashioned one bowl banana bread

There was only one banana bread recipe we had growing up and for most of the family there is only one to consider using now. This is almost taboo to the family that I’m posting this one and endorsing another recipe. BUT, this banana bread is stinking good! My wife isn’t the biggest fan of banana flavored stuff, but she loves this bread. The browned butter taste really comes through and subtles some of that strong banana flavor. The texture is perfect, and the bread keeps well. This is old school type banana bread! No nuts, no chips, no gimmicks! Give it a try,

Yield: 1 Loaf


Old Fashioned Banana Bread

Old Fashioned Banana Bread

Prep time: 20 MCook time: 60 MTotal time: 80 M


  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (or milk apple cider vinegar combo)
  • 2 cup AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF 
  2. Put saucepan over low-medium heat, add butter. Stir every minute or so until butter is melted and then browned! Important to let it brown!
  3. In a large mixing bowl mix browned butter and sugar. 
  4. Add eggs and mix until well combined again.
  5. Add vanilla and mix well.
  6. In another bowl mash ripened bananas with fork until uniform in consistency
  7. Add buttermilk to mashed bananas and mix well. Add to butter/sugar mixture and mix until well combined
  8. Add remaining dry ingredients to banana mixture and fold until just formed
  9. Scrape mixture into greased bread pan and bake for 60 minutes. Test with toothpick (top should all be browned)
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Ashton • Keaton • Mia

Co-Owners at Keat's Eats
Ashton and Keaton began blogging together in 2016 as a passion project. Both siblings are lovers of food, family gatherings, and entrepreneurial pursuits, which made starting a food blog together a no-brainer.