This is no ordinary banana bread! The flavors of browned butter, sweet bananas, a tantalizing maple glaze and toasted pecans come together to make the best banana bread you’ve ever tasted.
Banana bread is a classic. I fondly remember waiting impatiently for the loaf to cool after smelling its tantalizing aroma for nearly an hour as it baked. My mom was a make-it-from-scratch kind of lady. She made everything from pizza crusts, to homemade bread, to banana bread and baked them often. I grew up eating real, homemade foods fresh out of the oven which is, perhaps, why I love creating dishes in my own kitchen now. It has become a great asset as I now have 2 kids on low sodium diets and a hubby with multiple food allergies. There aren’t a lot of pre-packaged foods that meet both those requirements, but that’s OK because homemade tastes better anyway!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new recipes using over-ripe bananas. This is a fun twist on a traditional recipe, and I was a little surprised that all the kids love it just as much. Nuts (especially pecans) are often a turn-off for the littles, but even my kids’ friends who have been visiting when we’ve made a loaf have loved this bread!
Either you’re a browned butter fanatic, orrrrr you haven’t tried adding browned butter to your baked goods yet. Browning butter gives it a distinctly rich and nutty flavor and aroma. It’s the secret to the perfect chocolate chip cookie and can be used in place of regular butter in just about any recipe. It’s also very easy to make; all you’ll need is a saucepan and about 5 minutes!
The trick to browning butter is to watch it very closely. As it’s heating, the butter will bubble and pop, and then all at once it will settle down and give off a delightful nutty aroma. This is when you remove it from the heat and let it cool to room temperature before using it in your recipe. If you’re tempted to skimp on the cooling time, just keep in mind what happens when you add eggs to something hot. No one wants scrambled eggs in their banana bread 😉
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s gluten free but no one will know it. It’s soft and not crumbly at all. This banana bread is packed with flavor and will have you eating up every last crumb. Enjoy!