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Boozy Banana Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

It's time to let those bananas brown and bake a loaf of this Boozy Banana Bread! It's an incredibly easy, super tasty loaf that's loaded with bananas, pineapple, dark rum and topped with pecans and the creamiest cream cheese frosting ever!


Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bananas, brown butter, cream cheese frosting, pecans, pineapple, Quick Bread
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 604 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
Boozy Banana Bread
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, melted and browned
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. dark rum
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped for sprinkling on top of loaf, if desired
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Boozy Banana Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in middle of oven.

  2. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan generously with non-stick cooking spray.

  3. Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat stirring occasionally. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the butter begins to give off a nutty aroma and begins to brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon and baking soda. Set aside. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Add the melted brown butter. Add the sugar, egg, crushed pineapple, dark rum and vanilla and stir with a rubber spatula until well blended. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until tester comes out clean when inserted into center of loaf. If bread is browning too quickly tent it with a piece of tinfoil. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack for 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Add cream cheese and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until well blended. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and salt. Increase speed to high and continue to beat until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Spread the frosting on the cooled banana bread in an even layer. Sprinkle the frosting with the pecans, if desired. Serve the banana bread with any leftover frosting.

Recipe Notes

Make sure your bananas are extremely brown and soft before you make your banana bread.

I like to frost the top of the loaf and then after I slice, I serve with any extra frosting. We love to spread extra on our slices. It's soooo good!

You can opt to sprinkle some pecans on top of your loaf if you'd like. You could also use walnuts, or omit totally if you're not a nut fan, or if someone has an nut allergy.

Nutrition Facts
Boozy Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 604 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 57g63%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 960IU19%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.