Dulce de Leche Banana Bread

Super Moist Dulce de Leche Banana Bread. The BEST banana bread you will ever have! The dulce de leche added to this banana bread makes it extremely decadent and delicious. Try this easy quick bread recipe anytime as a snack, for breakfast or for dessert!

Dulce de Leche Banana Bread

I’ve been on a banana bread kick lately. It makes the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert and this Dulce de Leche Banana Bread is no exception.

This banana bread with dulce de leche is incredibly moist, perfectly sweet, and swirled with lots of dulce de leche sauce. It is AMAZING! It goes perfectly with a cup of coffee or chai tea in the morning. This is the best banana bread to wake up to!

The homemade dulce de leche sauce I’ve included in this recipe is SO EASY to make – literally just one ingredient and a slow cooker is all you need. This easy banana bread recipe is 100% no-fuss, and the result is an incredibly rich banana bread that tastes like it took hours to put together! 

best dulce de leche banana bread

Ingredients

The full ingredient list and measurements are listed in the printable recipe below.

  • Bananas: Bananas bring natural sweetness, the banana bread flavor we all love, and they also add so much moisture to the end result. No dry bread here!
  • Buttermilk: This adds a slight tang to the quickbread, as well as helping to retain moisture.
  • Brown sugar: It has much more flavor than white sugar, and helps bring the caramel aroma out even more.
  • Butter: All of the best sweet bread recipes have a delicious taste of butter. This banana bread with dulce de leche recipe is no exception! It also adds lots of richness to the loaf – so good!
  • Dulce de leche sauce: This is SO easy to make! This fail-proof slow cooker dulce de leche sauce is much easier than trying to cook it in a pot on the stove.

How to make the BEST Dulce de Leche Banana Bread

  • Make the dulce de leche sauce: Place the can of condensed milk in the slow cooker on its side. Add enough water to completely cover the can, and cook it on low for 8-10 hours. When you’re ready, carefully remove the can from the slow cooker using tongs and place it into cold water to cool before opening. I usually wait and let it cool in the water for about 10-15 minutes before opening. If you’re not using the whole can, store the dulce de leche in an airtight container and enjoy for up to 3 weeks!
  • Prepare the wet ingredients: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 pan with nonstick cooking spray or butter. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time and mix until combined. Add in vanilla and mashed bananas.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients and milk: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low add half of the dry ingredients followed by all of the milk. Mix until just combined then stir in the rest of the dry ingredients and the walnuts. Do not overmix.
  • Bake & drizzle: Add the batter to the prepared pan and spoon the dulce de leche sauce on top. Swirl the dulce de leche into the bread. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. While the bread is still in the pan and slightly warm poke holes in the top of the bread with a toothpick, and then drizzle more slightly warmed dulce de leche on top. Allow the bread to cool completely before releasing from the pan.

banana bread with dulce de leche

What is dulce de leche?

“Dulce de Leche” in Spanish literally means “sweet milk”, although it’s more like a milky-caramel candy sauce made out of sweetened condensed milk than what we’d think of as “sweet milk”. The texture is thick and very similar to caramel, however, dulce de leche is made from milk and sugar, and caramel is made from sugar and water. Because of the milk, dulce de leche is a much richer sauce than caramel. To make dulce de leche sauce, heat up sweetened condensed milk in a slow cooker set on low for 8-10 hours (see below for detailed instructions).

What can I add to this easy banana bread recipe?

For added crunch, try mixing in some nuts! Walnuts, peanuts, or pecans are great in this recipe. Raisins and chocolate chips (dark, milk, or white) would also be delicious! Pop any more suggestions in the comments below!

What can I do with the extra dulce de leche?

I love to serve dulce de leche on ice cream, over other bread recipes, or on brownies. I’ve even figured out a way to stuff it into cookies. Try these cookies freshly baked with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! It’s incredible!

Help! I need to make this recipe TODAY! Where do I buy premade dulce de leche?

The dulce de leche sauce is super simple to make, however, if you are short on time you can also buy premade dulce de leche at the grocery store. Trader Joe’s makes an awesome version!

Storage & Freezing

  • Store: Cooled leftovers keep well in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze: When the banana bread is completely cool, wrap it in plastic wrap and then wrap it again in aluminum foil or an air-tight freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

homemade banana bread

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Dulce de Leche Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Super Moist Dulce de Leche Banana Bread. The BEST banana bread you will ever have!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas mashed
  • cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup dulce de leche sauce recipe follows
  • dulce de leche sauce for drizzling

Homemade Dulce De Leche Sauce

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 pan with nonstick cooking spray or butter.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in eggs one at a time and mix until combined. Add in vanilla and mashed bananas.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • With the mixer on low add half of the dry ingredients followed by all of the milk. Mix until just combined then stir in the rest of the dry ingredients and the walnuts. Do not overmix.
  • Add the batter to the prepared pan and spoon the dulce de leche sauce on top. Swirl the dulce de leche into the bread. (I use slightly warmed dulce de leche to make it easier to spread)
  • Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. (If the bread starts to get too brown cover with aluminum foil)
  • While the bread is still in the pan and slightly warm poke holes in the top of the bread with a toothpick. Drizzle more slightly warmed dulce de leche on top. (I did about 1/4 cup).
  • Allow the bread to cool completely before releasing from the pan.

Homemade Dulce De Leche Sauce

  • Place the can of condensed milk in the slow cooker on it's side. You do not need to peel off the label.
  • Add enough water to completely cover the can.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours. (The longer you cook it the darker / golden brown it will become.)
  • Remove the can from the slow cooker using tongs and place into cold water to cool before opening. I usually wait about 10-15 minutes before opening.
  • Store the dulce de leche in an airtight container and enjoy for up to 3 weeks!
Nutrition Facts
Dulce de Leche Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 317mg14%
Potassium 333mg10%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 468IU9%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana, Banana Bread, Dulce de leche

 

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