Mini Caramelized Banana Nut Bread

by Erin

All of this (f)unemployment gives me plenty of time to not only apply for jobs, workout, and cook, but also to keep track of food holidays. Priorities, right? Today happens to be National Banana Bread Day so for Single Serving Sunday I made a mini loaf of banana bread. One small banana is all you need and it is first caramelized before being mashed and mixed into the batter along with some chopped walnuts. The richer flavors of this mini loaf produced by the caramelization may have you wishing for a full-sized one.

Mini Caramelized Banana Nut Bread

Two years ago: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dried Cherries and Israeli Couscous

Three years ago: Homemade Tagalongs


Serves 2


1 small ripe banana, sliced

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1 egg white

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini loaf pan (5×3-inches)* with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Place butter in a medium skillet. Melt over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and banana, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer cooled banana mixture to a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until smooth. Add egg white and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in walnuts, if desired.
  6. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  7. Cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then, remove bread from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

* Or make 3 regular sized muffins, baking for 20-25 minutes.

Source: Adapted from In Katrina’s Kitchen and Bake or Break.


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Jocelyn@Brucrewlife February 28, 2014 - 3:43 pm

I love this little mini loaf!! :) I have a thing for all things mini :) Esp mini banana bread, yum!!

steph@stephsbitebybite February 24, 2014 - 8:58 am

Caramelized bananas!!!! So yummy and oh my gosh, the fact that this is mini is so perfect!

Dad February 23, 2014 - 9:41 pm

You do a very good job photographing your food.

Vicki @ WITK February 23, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Excellent order of priorities :) I love that this recipe makes only one mini loaf. Single serving? :)

Emily @ Life on Food February 23, 2014 - 2:48 pm

I made banana bread last week so I am just going to say I was ahead of the game with the whole National Banana Bread Day. I haven’t ever caramelized bananas before using them. I can imagine this is very bit as good as you said.

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent February 23, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Love smaller servings. The bread looks delicious!

Consuelo @ Honey & Figs February 23, 2014 - 12:03 pm

What a brilliant idea to caramelise the banana before adding it to the batter – I’m sure that the flavor is lovelt that way! This loaf looks gorgeous, wow. I cannot wait for my bananas to ripen so as to make this as soon as possible.
Hope you’re having a great weekend! <3

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 23, 2014 - 10:42 am

I like your priorities :D This banana bread looks super scrumptious-esp. because of the caramelized bananas!


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