Jamaican Banana Bread: A Tropical Twist on a Classic Favorite!

Jamaican Banana Bread combines traditional banana bread with vibrant Caribbean flavors. This recipe, infused with aromatic spices and, optionally, a hint of dark rum, promises a tropical treat suitable for any occasion.


Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark rum (optional, for an authentic Jamaican flavor)

Optional Additions:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Preheat Oven and Prepare Pan:
  • Preheat your oven to 350ยฐF (175ยฐC). Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan, or line it with parchment paper.
  1. Mix Dry Ingredients:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Set aside.
  1. Cream Butter and Sugar:
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  1. Add Eggs and Bananas:
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Stir in the mashed bananas until incorporated.
  1. Incorporate Sour Cream and Vanilla:
  • Mix in the sour cream (or plain yogurt) and vanilla extract until smooth.
  1. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  1. Optional: Add Nuts and Rum:
  • If using chopped nuts, gently fold them into the batter until evenly distributed.
  • For an authentic Jamaican twist, stir in the dark rum until combined.
  1. Bake:
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  1. Cool and Serve:
  • Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
  • Serve slices of Jamaican Banana Bread warm or at room temperature. Enjoy the tropical flavors and rich aroma with every bite!

Jamaican Banana Bread combines traditional banana bread with vibrant Caribbean flavors. With aromatic spices and, if desired, a hint of dark rum, this recipe promises a tropical treat suitable for any occasion. Whether enjoyed for breakfast or as a comforting snack, each slice will transport you to Jamaica’s sunny shores. Embrace the warmth of the islands while savoring the rich flavors of this moist banana bread. Prepare to delight your taste buds with each bite of this tropical twist on a classic favorite!

Feel free to customize this recipe by adding your favorite mix-ins, such as chocolate chips or shredded coconut, to give it your own unique twist. Enjoy the taste of the Caribbean right in your own home with this delicious Jamaican Banana Bread recipe!