Jamaican Banana Bread Recipe + VIDEO


What do you do when those overripe bananas get ugly on your kitchen counter? You mash them and bake this delicious Jamaican banana bread! What can be better than this? Keep reading. 

Jamaican banana brear in a china tray, with some slices.

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Banana bread is a clear example of what recycling in the kitchen means. You cook with what you have and take advantage of it, even if it is ugly overripe bananas. It’s recycling in the making, and no more food waste!

Ingredients to make banana bread by enrilemoine.

Banana bread became popular in the United States during World War II. Food was scarce, and even bananas were expensive. Cooks managed to take advantage of those overripe bananas

How to elevate your banana bread

Making banana bread is very simple. Today’s recipe is about elevating banana bread and taking it to the next level. And how do we do it? Add nutmeg, chopped pecans, and lots of raisins.

Flour-coated raisins on a bowl, plus a meassurin spoon with flour.

The result is an aromatic, dense, moist, not-so-sweet bread with crunchy pecans and wet raisins on every bite.

Jamaican banana bread

I must warn you, though, that this banana bread is not what you are used to. It’s not that the traditional one isn’t delicious. But with all those raisins and nuts, this one is simply world-class!

Mashed bananas in a stainless steel bowl to make Jamaican banana bread.

It’s called Jamaican banana bread. I found the recipe in Breads, a cookbook I bought when I was 19. I have been baking it regularly since, and I can tell you: it is the best banana bread ever.

How to make the best banana bread

Jamaican banana bread ready to be popped up in the oven

Besides a couple of ripe bananas, to make this banana bread, you will need some basic kitchen tools and ingredients:

How to pair Jamaican banana bread

Jamaican banana bread in a loaf pan, on top of two kitchen towels, ready to be unmolded.

Serve this banana bread with a glass of milk or a good cappuccino, and you will have breakfast from the gods. I love to reheat two slices in the toaster the next day and eat them with a touch of butter.

As a snack, this banana bread is the best. Give it a try, and I promise you will never throw away an old banana again.

How to store banana bread

A loaf of Jamaican Banana Bread on a china dish, with two slices already cut.

This bread can last up to four days outside the fridge. It won’t lose moisture if you cover it with plastic wrap. You can also refrigerate it in an airtight container for a week. You can also freeze it without a problem.

More recipes to take advantage of ripe bananas

Craving more recipes ripe banana recipes? Check these out:

Jamaican banana bread recipe

jamaican banana bread recipe

The following recipe is slightly adapted from the one I found in Breads. I hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks for subscribing to my Youtube channel and visiting my Amazon shop.

jamaican banana bread recipe
5 from 37 votes

Jamaican Banana Bread

This is the most delicious, dense, aromatic banana bread ever. Serve it for breakfast or as nutritious snack. Give it a try and you’ll never waste a ripen banana again.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Cooling down30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 247kcal


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar dark
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas ripe, mashed
  • 2/3 cup raisins tossed with 1 tsp. of flour
  • 1/3 cup pecans coarsely chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350˚.
  • Spray an 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch loaf pan with baking spray.
  • In a bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and beat the mixture thoroughly.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and nutmeg and mix well.
  • Add the bananas and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Fold the pecans and raisins into the batter and mix well.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for one hour or until a skewer inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
  • Let cool down completely before slicing.



Nutrition Facts
Jamaican Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 289mg8%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 266IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: banana bread, banana bread recipe, banana bread with pecans and raisins, banana bread with pecans and raisins recipe, how to make Jamaican banana bread, Jamaican banana bread, jamaican banana bread recipe
Author: Enri

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