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Upside Down Banana Bread

Upside banana bread is a fun twist on traditional banana bread recipe. Bananas and sugar bake with butter on the bottom layer of this bread recipe and create a roasted banana topping that provides moisture and depth of flavor. 

upsidedown banana bread sliced on a white platter

Upside down banana bread is an easy twist to the usual banana bread.

You may have heard of upside down pineapple cake or this upside peach cake that is perfect for fresh summer peaches but have you tried the same technique with bananas? Adding brown sugar and melted butter to the bottom of the loaf pan then letting some bananas soak up that caramel-gooey goodness really makes this a special way to bake banana bread.

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I first saw the idea on The Daring Gourmet’s site. She adds an extra caramel glaze at the end that looks SO GOOD as a scrumptious dessert. I omitted that step if only to convince myself that this was a bread for breakfast, snacking, and to serve with a cup of afternoon tea. But, oh, how I want to try that caramel sauce another time for sure.

Summer is in full swing and flying by. When school ended in early June for my boys it seemed that we had an endless stretch of days in front of us to enjoy the summer of 2014. We’ve already visited my family in Pennsylvania, spent time at the pool, gone golfing a few times a week, and all of the sudden June has disappeared.

Really? How did that happen?

All of this activity means less time to bake and blog but that is ok, I’ll get back into the swing of more frequent posts this fall. I didn’t want to miss this monthly bread baking group post for #TwelveLoaves so I found a quick and easy way to spruce up my usual banana bread recipe.

Yield: 12

Upside Down Banana Bread

upside down banana bread sliced on white plate

Upside banana bread is a fun twist on traditional banana bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons of butter, cut into small cubes
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons rum
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar


Make the Upside Down Layer first:

  1. Sprinkle 3 Tablespoons brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons butter into your loaf pan. Place into a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan and carefully swirl the melted butter and brown sugar together. Gently lay the sliced bananas into the pan. Spray the sides of the pan with baking spray.

Meanwhile make the Banana Bread Batter

  1. Combine the buttermilk, canola oil, rum, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until barely combined.
  4. In a small bowl mash the bananas with the 1/3 cup brown sugar. Add this mixture to the bread batter by folding together with a large spoon or spatula. Do not over mix the batter.
  5. Pour the batter over top of the sliced bananas in the loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  6. Cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan then turn the loaf pan over onto a serving plate.


The Upside Down Layer is an idea I saw on The Daring Gourmet.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g

This data is provided by Nutrionix and is an estimate only.

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Monday 16th of February 2015

WOW!!! This was the best banana bread I ever made. DELICIOUS!!!! I had 4 banana's that died on top of the refrigerator, they were so over ripe they were solid black. And this recipe was exactly what I needed. I never measured the banana's after I mashed them, but it must have been the perfect amount as this banana bread had such a strong banana flavor it didn't last 24 hours in our house. I also added a 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Thanks for posting I'll be making this quite often from now on!!!

Holly F

Monday 16th of February 2015

Oh I have four bananas ready to use today-- thanks for the reminder of this great banana bread recipe!


Thursday 14th of August 2014

It would be helpful if you indicated the pan size on this one. I'm guessing 9x5 but not sure. The 8x4 might be a bit small but then if that is what you used and I use a 9x5 it would make the loaf thinner than it might be intended. I really can't wait to try this one. Never seen one that uses less ripe bananas as a topper (bottom?? LOL). Really a marvelous and clever idea. Thanks for the recipe!!

Lora @cakeduchess

Sunday 27th of July 2014

I feel the same way about summer! It goes by so quickly and I think, in the blog will have more of me;)Gorgeous banana bread. How nice would it be with my coffee right now!!

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Friday 4th of July 2014

I can imagine how great this loaf tastes with that yummy topping! Great bread recipe, Holly!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Friday 4th of July 2014

I'm not usually one to say so, but "where did June go"? A think a vacation can take up so much time due to the planning and catching up before and after. We were gone too and I'm surprised it's already July. This bread looks good Holly. I love a good banana bread and love this idea. Have a great holiday weekend.

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