Banana Daiquiri Bread

a taste of the tropics

I want to show you how wonderfully your favorite treats can turn out when using raw sugar in place of granulated sugar. Witness: this banana daiquiri bread. It has a little booze in it, which makes things a little more fun, plus gives the bread a bit of a tropical twist. I used spiced rum and Cointreau, but you can use any kind of rum or orange flavored liqueur – maybe some coconut rum and triple-sec? The world of banana bread is your oyster. I loved how moist this ended up being, as well as the crunchy crust from the extra raw sugar sprinkled on top. Usually banana bread is kind of boring, but Kramer and the party that I brought this to all seemed to really enjoy it quite a bit, which, as I’m sure you know, always gives the baker a sense of accomplishment. After seeing how lovely this bread is when made with raw sugar, I plan to use it even more in my kitchen. I’m thinking of making my favorite chocolate chip cookies with it, next.

Banana Daiquiri Bread
Mix together your banana bread ingredients, starting with your sugar and butter, in a large bowl.

Banana Daiquiri Bread
Mash up the bananas.

Banana Daiquiri Bread
And add ’em in.

Banana Daiquiri Bread
I sprinkled a little extra Sugar in the Raw on top of the banana bread for a crunchy crust. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

Banana Daiquiri Bread
Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

Banana Daiquiri Bread


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Banana Daiquiri Bread
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Serves: 12 slices
Banana bread with a tropical twist.
  • 1¼ cup raw sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cointreau
  • 3 tablespoons spiced dark rum
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 bananas)
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 9x5x3 loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add in the milk, eggs, liquors and bananas. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and gradually add into butter mixture. Combine just until moistened; do not overbeat. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for at least 1 hour or so, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top is a light golden brown. Cool 25-30 minutes in the pan before slicing and serving.


81 Responses

  1. Ellen says:

    Looks delicious! Reminds me, I haven’t made banana bread in forever, hmmm…

  2. Lindsay says:

    This looks delicious…I love banana bread! The liquors sound like a great twist. Sugar is always a great addition to the top of the loaf, but nothing compares to raw sugar for this. So crunchy and good!

  3. JulieD says:

    Wow, I love banana bread too…yours looks incredibly moist!!

  4. Gabrielle says:

    A great idea for a twist on banana bread! I’ve been a fan of raw sugar for a while – I love the caramelly taste that comes out when you use it in baked goods. Definitely try your chocolate chip cookies – you will never make them the old way again!!

    (I even prefer it in my coffee!! It’s a small subtle change but it’s so much BETTER!)

  5. Skye says:

    I love banana bread and had to laugh when you called it boring since it’s one of my favorite baked goods. :) This exotic version sounds incredible! I love to add raw sugar to the tops of muffins.

  6. Love raw sugar. I use it all the time and think it gives are great flavor and texture to baked goods. It is the best sprinkled on top of pies. And alcohol makes all baked goods better :)

  7. I definitely just Pinned this recipe. Such a great idea!

  8. Molly says:

    That looks fantastic. I still have some of your coconut raspberry banana bread in my freezer that I need to eat. You’ve piqued my interest with the raw sugar – I’ll have to give it a try!

  9. I LOVE banana bread! I have been making the same recipe for it ever since I learned to bake. I have never thought of making it with sugar in the raw! Definitely going to give it a go!!

  10. Madelaine says:

    Yum! I bet the chocolate chip cookies will be divine with raw sugar, too!

  11. Emily D. says:

    I’ve only ever used raw sugar to roll cookies in, but I’m interested to see how it changes some of my old standbys.

  12. Gabrielle says:

    I definitely would have to add chocolate chips, raisins or dates to this recipe, but I love the idea of taking a classic like banana bread to the next level! I was actually in the store looking for Sugar in the Raw the other day, and all I found was Stevia in the Raw, which is NOT what I wanted… I’d rather have no sugar than fake sugar!

  13. Tierney says:

    I have never thought about baking with Sugar in the Raw, but this bread looks great!

  14. Sinead says:

    gonna make this asap! love banana bread

  15. Elizabeth says:

    This looks so moist and flavorful! Banana bread is so delicious.

  16. Lynna says:

    I`ve heard of raw sugar before too! But I was too lazy to read up on more about natural sugars. LOL. But I read it here. 😛

    This is pretty neat!

  17. Kelly D says:

    I love banana bread. I would also try to make their No-Bake Cocoa Crisp Squares

  18. Sarah says:

    I swear everything you post is incredible… this might just make it to this weekend’s must bake list…

  19. April C. says:

    Oh I cannot wait to try this! I need to start stocking alcohol in my apartment now :)

  20. Rum in banana bread? YOU ARE A GENIUS! I love trying different banana bread recipes and this one just made it to the top of my “to-make” list!

  21. Mary P says:

    I would love to try this one! Thanks for a chance to win

  22. Mary P says:

    well, lets try again! I would love to try this recipe

  23. Deb says:

    Banana Bread never loooked so delectable! What an intoxicating (!) pairing of tropical flavors! Please keep recipe testing, as the results are divine.

  24. Debra says:

    Looks good, and I like the cookie idea too!

  25. Faye says:

    What can I say? I’m a big sucker for Banana Bread…

  26. Christy says:

    As always, your photos are gorgeous! Like many of the other commenters, I’m without a doubt a banana bread lover- now I’m scheming about what else to add to this recipe to make it even more sinful :)

    Awesome contest, I’m so excited!

  27. Brandy says:

    coffee baked beans! Omg!

  28. Esther says:

    I just saw a recipe on for sesame banana bread–I might have to give that a shot!

  29. cw says:

    I am loving these recipes – Rubyritas for me!

  30. paula says:

    This is going to be the main treat for our weekend brunch. Made of fabulosity! Sugar In The Raw is a staple in my kitchen!

  31. this looks so good! Ive been on a massive banana bread kick and even started banana bread fest a couple weeks ago and have been posting 1 new banana bread recipe each week…i LOVE that you added a little somthin-something to this :)

    I’d make the sweet potato/marshmallow dish from their site.

  32. Erin says:

    I’m going to make the Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding because it sounds like a perfect way to ease into fall and a good excuse to buy a loaf of my favorite cinnamon raisin bread (because I’m too lazy to bake it myself).

  33. Debbie B says:

    wow your banana bread looks great! I saw a recipe that I would like to try called Celebration Cake

  34. Jessie C. says:

    I’d like to make Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole
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  35. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would make the Ambrosia Waldorf Salad

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  36. Sharon H says:

    This looks amazing!! My husband loves banana bread so this is definitely on the to-bake list!!

  37. Amy Tong says:

    There are so many yummy recipes there. I would love to try the Coconut Rum Balls!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  38. Melinda says:

    Red Berry Popsicles I love fruity desserts :)

  39. sean says:

    the Ambrosia Waldorf Salad sounds great and not too challenging

    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

  40. Melanie says:

    I want to make the White Chocolate Pear Bread Pudding. Sounds delicious.

  41. Norma says:

    I’d like the Pear Tart!

  42. LAMusing says:

    Great sweet and savory recipes! That White Chocolate Pear Bread Pudding has my name on it! I’d also like to make the spiced Apple Quesadilla.

  43. Tina M says:

    Chocolate Cheesecake

  44. sy says:

    lol the censor leaves much to imagination. I want to try the coconut rum balls.
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  45. Harmony b says:

    Would love to try the chocolate cheesecake

  46. Tiffany Winner says:

    I would like to make the No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

  47. Georgia says:

    Love to try the Chocolate Cheesecake for sure!

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  48. Lee says:

    My favorite recipe to make would be No-Bake Cocoa Crisp Squares.

  49. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would like to make the Coconut Rum Balls

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  50. Monica says:

    I would love to try making the Coconut Rum Balls – mm! Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Karen Medlin says:

    Spicy Fiesta Slaw sounds Yummy! Love to try that first.
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  52. Kerry says:

    I’d love to try the Chocolate Cheesecake!

  53. Yum! I’d like to make the No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Cookies!!!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  54. Emily N. says:

    I want to try the Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole recipe!

  55. Jammie says:

    yummy that banana bread looks like it would rock! I would love to make the turkey sloppy janes. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  56. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would like to make the spiced walnuts.

  57. Eugenie says:

    From The Raw website I want to make the Chinese Chicken Salad recipe.

  58. meredith says:

    the Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole sounds amazing

  59. Sarah L says:

    I want to make the mulled-apple-cider:
    Thanks for the contest.

  60. anash says:

    i would make the Pumpkin Pecan Muffins
    thanks for a great giveaway

  61. nannypanpan says:

    i’d like the mulled apple cider recipe

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