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Banana Bread with Brown Butter Frosting

Category: Sweets
Best for: Good anytime!
Serves: 12

I have bananas on my kitchen counter right now that are labelled “don’t eat” because I’m waiting for them to go brown for this recipe! It can be made with or without the brown butter frosting… but our vote is always to make the frosting too! It’s especially delicious as an afternoon pick-me-up with a coffee (my favourite!) or after school snack for the kids. I

Three reasons why I love this  banana bread:
1. Its made with pantry staple ingredients
2. Its one bowl and made in a loaf pan loaf pan. (This speeds up the cook time and makes it perfect for frosting.)
3. We call it a bread but its really like a cake and acceptable to eat anytime!

If you decide to keep it a bit simpler and skip the frosting, make sure to generously sprinkle your bread with cinnamon sugar before baking. It helps crisp the top for a 10/10 bite!


1/2 cup

Donia Farms Sea Salted Butter

1/3 cup

Brown sugar

1/3 cup

White sugar



2 tsp

Vanilla extract



1/2 tsp

Baking soda

1 tsp

Baking powder


Salt (note: if you are using unsalted butter add 1/2 tsp of salt)

1 1/4 cup


2 tsp


1/4 tsp


For topping: mix 2 Tbsp white sugar with 1 tsp of cinnamon

1/2 cup

Donia Farms Sea Salted Butter

1 cup

Icing Sugar

1 tsp

Vanilla Extract

2 Tbsp

Milk, or more as needed.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment and set it aside.

  2. Using a stand mixer or a bowl  with hand beaters, beat together the melted butter and both sugars until well combined.  Next beat in the eggs and vanilla.

  3. Once combined, add in the bananas and beat until they are well incorporated. Some clumps are okay!

  4. Next, add in the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Beat until just combined, then add in the flour and beat again until just combined.

  5. If using, fold in the nuts.

  6. If you are not making the frosting, top generously with cinnamon sugar!  Bake for 40 minutes, checking at 35 minutes to make sure its cooking evenly. It will be done when a toothpick comes out clean.

  7. If you opt in to make the frosting, begin to brown your butter. Add the butter to medium heat, stirring until melted. Once melted keep a close eye on the butter stirring often. The butter will begin to foam, soon after, it will begin to brown and develop a nutty aroma. The foam will lessen and you will see golden specks through the butter. Then, remove the pan from the heat and allow the butter to cool.

  8. Once the butter has cooled, add it to a bowl and beat in the icing sugar and vanilla. Add in the milk until it reaches your desired consistency.

  9. Allow the banana bread to cool and then frost. Note: You can also eat the cake a bit warm and frost individual slices.  Do not frost the remaining cake until it has cooled.

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