Best Ever Bourbon Banana Bread With Icing

This recipe for Bourbon Banana Bread is hands down one of the best banana bread recipes you’ll ever make! Plus, it’s a great way to use up your over-ripe brown bananas.

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I recently needed to send a dessert to a cookout filled with guys grilling fish and hanging around a campfire. I couldn’t think of a better choice than this moist banana bread full of bourbon flavor. It’s a fun, boozy take on a classic recipe that’s full of knock-out flavor.

What You’ll Need to Make Bourbon Banana Bread

sliced loaf of bourbon banana bread with icing on a wooden cutting board

For the Quick Bread

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 to 4 large overripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick), melted
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Variation: Add one cup of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks to the finished batter to make chocolate bourbon banana bread.

For the Icing

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1.5 teaspoons bourbon

This is one of my go-to icing recipes, I just swapped out the vanilla extract for bourbon!

3 stacked slices of bourbon banana bread with icing on a wooden cutting board

How to Make Bourbon Banana Bread

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spraying the inside of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate, medium-sized bowl, combine the eggs, bananas, brown sugar, butter, and bourbon. Tip: Use a potato masher to mash bananas and then a wooden spoon to mix all of the ingredients together.

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the flour mixture and beat over medium speed using an electric mixer until the dry ingredients are just incorporated into the batter. (The batter will be thick and lumpy.)

overhead view of uncooked bourbon banana bread dough in a loaf pan

Gently stir in the pecans on low speed.

Transfer the batter to your prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly in the pan.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the banana loaf comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before drizzling with the sour cream bourbon icing.

Bourbon Glaze Directions

In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, sour cream, and bourbon. If the icing is too thick, stir in milk (or extra bourbon!) one teaspoon at a time.

overhead view of a small spatula drizzling icing on a loaf of bourbon banana bread

Cut into slices and serve! If you want to get extra fancy, you can melt butter in a small skillet and make caramelized bananas to serve as a topping to the bread slices.

close up view of a loaf of bourbon banana bread covered in icing

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Best Ever Bourbon Banana Bread With Icing

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This recipe for Bourbon Banana Bread is hands down one of the best banana bread recipes you'll ever make! Plus, it's a great way to use up your over-ripe brown bananas.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:50 mins

Ingredients

For the Quick Bread

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 to 4 large overripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup butter one stick, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped

For the Icing

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1.5 teaspoons bourbon

Instructions

How to Make Bourbon Banana Bread

  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spraying the inside of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, combine the eggs, bananas, brown sugar, butter, and bourbon. Tip: Use a potato masher to mash bananas and then a wooden spoon to mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the flour mixture and beat over medium speed using an electric mixer until the dry ingredients are just incorporated into batter. (The batter will be thick and lumpy.)
  • Gently stir in the pecans on low speed.
  • Transfer the batter to your prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly in the pan.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the banana loaf comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before drizzling with the sour cream bourbon icing.

Bourbon Glaze Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, sour cream, and bourbon. If the icing is too thick, stir in milk (or extra bourbon!) one teaspoon at a time.
  • Cut into slices and serve! If you want to get extra fancy, you can melt butter in a small skillet and make caramelized bananas to serve as a topping to the bread slices.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Author: Snug and Cozy Life

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