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Banana Bread

I had some really, really ripe bananas that absolutely needed to be made into banana bread. It had to be done.

I love this recipe for two reasons. First, it has lots and lots of bananas in it, like 5. Second, it has bourbon in it. Bourbon really accentuates the banana and adds a depth of flavor. This bread is moist, flavorful with a hint of spice.

banana bread


banana bread

Mix in the butter, brown sugar, eggs, bourbon and vanilla.

banana bread

Add in the flax seed, salt, baking soda and flour.

banana bread

Hot out of the oven with a bit of powdered sugar.

banana bread

Another view.

banana bread

With a bit of butter, just a bit. Butter makes everything better.


much love!

Banana Bread

5 ripe bananas
½ cup melted salted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves

1 1/2 cup of flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl, mash peeled bananas. Add melted butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon. Stir in all of the spices, baking soda and salt Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.

Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.


  1. Looks great! There is traditional dish in our country called “keks”, we bake it in the same form. But I don’t recall anyone using bananas in it, I’ll surely try that recipe. I’m hoping I’ll be able to impress somebody. :)

  2. feraljess

    I just made this, it’s in the oven now (smells delicious!). I was just wondering about the flax seed though – under one of the photos it is mentioned, but it’s not in the recipe below. I left it out this time, but how much was meant to be included?

    • Jessica

      Hi Feraljess- Thanks so much for reaching out and pointing out that bit of recipe confusion. I wrote the recipe without the flax seed and then when I was making it I had some siting on my counter and decided it put it in. Ultimately, it’s not an essential ingredient so I’m sure that your banana bread turned out great without it!

      I’ll fix the recipe now and to answer your question, it was a 1/4 cup of ground flax seed.


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