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Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever (Made with Rum!)

Moist, soft and full of banana flavor, just how banana bread should be!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bananabread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 597kcal


  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter (plus 1 Tbsp. for greasing the loaf pan)
  • 3 Tbsp. Dark Rum or Spiced Rum I use Captain Morgan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (or milk)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom

For the glaze:

  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. rum
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Grease your metal 9x5 inch loaf pan: brush with softened butter and sprinkle an even layer of flour around the pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium skillet add the ripe mashed bananas, butter, brown sugar, and rum. Cook and whisk banana mixture over medium heat until butter melts and mixture begins to simmer. Turn the heat down to low and let simmer for ~3-5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and let slightly cool for about 10 minutes. It does not have to cool all the way, but just so it is not super hot. (If you are folding in chocolate chips into the batter you will want it to cool completely).
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, oil, whole milk and vanilla extract. Add the cooled down banana mixture to this and whisk together.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently fold until combined. Do not over mix the batter.
  • Pour this mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for ~70-75 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • While the bread cools, you can prepare the frosting. Whisk powdered sugar, rum and butter together. Make sure your bread is 100% cooled down before you drizzle the frosting over the bread. Enjoy!



For the frosting: add ~1 cup powdered sugar to a bowl, then add in 1 Tbsp rum and 1 Tbsp. butter. Give it a nice whisk, and adjust ingredients if needed. Add powdered sugar/melted butter/rum until you get the desired frosting consistency, either drippy for a glaze or more thick like a frosting. 
Bake time can vary. In some ovens this bread takes a full 80 minutes, in others it takes ~75 minutes. I would check it around 70 minutes.


Serving: 1thick slice | Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 339IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg