Upside Down Banana Bread

Moist and easy upside down banana bread that can be served for itself for breakfast, or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. The best banana bread ever!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 622 kcal



  • cups flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups mashed bananas about 4 to 5 ripe medium bananas
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 medium ripe yet firm bananas slice in half lengthwise and the crosswise (ending up with 4 pieces for each banana)



  2. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C) and grease a standard bread loaf pan. Set aside! In a large bowl, sift the flour and mix with baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

  3. In a bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and both sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until just incorporated into the batter (please, do not overbeat!!). 

  4. Beat in half of the flour mixture at low speed just until incorporated into the batter. Beat in half of the applesauce. 

  5. Beat in the remaining flour mixture, and then the other half of the applesauce until just incorporated. Mix in both the mashed bananas and vanilla. Set batter aside.

  6. To prepare the banana topping: Place 4 tbsp butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until butter melts and the sugar has dissolved. 

  7. Without stirring, continue cooking for a few more minutes or until bubbles just start to form around the outside edges of the mixture (i.e. the sugar begins to caramelize).  Stir and then pour into a loaf pan. Evenly arrange the bananas  slices, flat side down, on top of the caramel. 

  8. Pour batter over bananas and bake loaf for 55-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Upside Down Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 622 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 465mg 19%
Potassium 373mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 108g 36%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 70g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 13.5%
Vitamin C 7.4%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 14.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.