Roasted Banana Bread

by Megan on May 29, 2010

When you make this banana bread, just consider the oven a banana tanning bed. In a mere 15 minutes they have bronze beach bodies … and on top of all that, the fruit turns into a caramelized dream.

I fell in love with roasted bananas back when I made Roasted Banana Cupcakes. So I decided to take my mom’s classic banana bread and roast the bananas. Then I added a bit of cinnamon.

The next thing you know I was in love … in love with a bread. Why not?

Roasted Banana Bread {makes 1 large loaf or 3 mini loaves}
Recipe adapted from my mom


  • 4 bananas (about 1 cup after roasting + mashing)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 T canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • generous sprinkling of cinnamon (1/4 t-ish)
  • turbinado sugar, for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place 4 whole unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. The peels with darken. Don’t be alarmed. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before peeling. Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl mash the roasted bananas. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a 2-cup measuring cup or small bowl whisk the milk, egg and canola oil together. Pour the flour mixture into the roasted bananas, followed by the milk mixture and sugar. Stir until everything is incorporated. Sprinkle cinnamon generously over the batter and stir in.
  3. Spray 3 mini bread pans or 1 large bread pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with a rectangle of parchment paper and overlap two sides of the pan so you can lift the bread out eventually (like below). Spray with cooking spray again.
  4. Divide batter between 3 prepared mini loaf pans or 1 large bread pan. Bake the minis for 30 minutes or until a cake tester or skewer comes out clean. Bake the large loaf for an hour or until cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy!

Hey Elliot, thanks for keeping it real and appreciating roasted banana bread.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Livia June 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

OK. roasted bananas? sounds crazy…crazy good. It has to be done~today. (love elliot’s ears:)


Megan (megabite) June 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Thanks Livia! I hope you enjoy it. I love the way my kitchen smells when the bananas are roasting.


Terrie September 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

Is that a German Shep.? Mine loooooves bananas. Roasted bananas give the bread so much flavor!


Megan September 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

Elliot is a terrier mix. He’s actually a little guy! But yeah, he loves bananas too. 🙂


Sarah March 28, 2014 at 7:46 am

I love this idea! I pealed and froze my over-ripe bananas — do you think I can roast them pealed?


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