Upside Down Banana Bread

An easy and delicious upside down banana bread that can be served for breakfast or as a dessert.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8


  • For the Banana Bread Batter:
  • 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
  • For the Banana Topping:
  • 3 medium ripe yet firm bananas slice in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. To prepare the banana bread batter: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (about 163 degrees C).
  2. 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!!). Beat in half of the flour mixture at low speed just until incorporated into the batter. Beat in half of the applesauce. 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.
  4. To prepare the banana topping: In a large, non-stick frying pan, heat sugar and water over medium-high heat until sugar melts and acquires a golden brown color. Reduce heat to low, stir in butter, and then lay banana slices, flat side down, in caramel mixture. Let bananas cook for approximately 1 minute. Remove bananas from the pan and lay them flat side down to line the bottom of a loaf pan. Pour remaining sauce over bananas.
  5. Pour batter over bananas and bake loaf for 55-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (NOTE: To avoid the top of the upside down banana bread loaf becoming too brown, cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil after halfway baked). Use any remaining batter to make muffins. Let upside down banana bread loaf cool in pan on a rack. Use a knife around the edges to loosen loaf from the inside of the pan and invert onto a plate. Enjoy upside down banana bread warm by itself, with a dab of peanut butter or nutella (for breakfast), or with vanilla ice cream (as a dessert)!
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