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How to Make the Best Boozy Banana Bread with Rum

Making this Boozy Banana Bread with rum gives an extra kick to a much-loved recipe.  Spiced rum banana bread is sure to bring welcome cheer to your holidays.

Boozy Banana Bread, Spiced Rum Banana Bread

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Have you ever baked banana nut bread and it tasted fine but it just lacked something?  The flavors were all there but they just didn’t pop?   Or maybe the flavors were just not true enough?   Were your expectations just not met?
I mean we truly love a great Banana Nut bread in this house.  And we usually have a loaf or two in the freezer awaiting one of those snowy mornings to heat it up and smear it with butter.   Pair that with an awesome cup of latte, and we are two very contented souls.    Yeppers, you can come on over, we will save you some!


Spiced Rum Banana Bread


Over the years, we have experimented with different liquors in baked goods and this is what we have learned.   When a dash of alcohol, such as rum is added to a batter, it doesn’t just add flavor, it enhances it.

This bears repeating, alcohol enhances the flavors already in your dish by bringing out and releasing the flavors. Trust us, it’s a science thing.   Don’t add enough alcohol is for the bread to taste like alcohol.  But add just enough alcohol is for that science thing to happen.   And since this loaf of banana bread with rum is cooked for almost an hour, most of the alcohol content will be cooked away anyway, leaving just the enhanced concentrated flavor.

Most bourbons will add a smoky vanilla flavor while rum adds a smoky intense flavor unless it’s spiced rum then you have a smoky spice flavor.

Any of these liquors would work well in this Boozy Banana Bread and you could experiment with several different of them to come up with a loaf that pleases you.   We started with spiced rum and it really bought out the flavor of banana and added just an underlying smoky spice flavor that we fell in love with.   The spiced rum was just the right touch for us and now we can’t wait for it to snow! (as if we are waiting, yeah right).


We baked this Spiced Rum Banana Bread in a regular size bread loaf pans but it can also be baked in mini loaf pans.   The mini loaf pan size would be perfect for gift giving or they would make the sweetest little slices for a lovely finger food dessert tray.   Just reduce your cooking time to about 30-35 minutes for mini loaf pans.   Also, clear wrap and a bow can be added for adorable and thoughtful gifts.


Banana Bread with rum, Spiced rum banana bread


If your house is like us, you seem to always have a few over-ripe bananas around.  And with just a few pantry ingredients, a loaf can be on your counter in about an hour.   That’s just in time for that butter to come to room temperature.    We usually two and wrap up one of these Boozy Banana Bread loaves and freeze for later.  Of course the other has to sampled immediately in our house.



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4.67 from 3 votes

Boozy Banana Bread with Spiced Rum

A classic Banana Nut bread recipe spiked with spiced rum for an amazing holiday treat
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread with rum, banana bread with spiced rum, Boozy banana bread, Spiced rum banana bread
Servings: 8
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease bottom of a bread loaf pan
  • Mix sugar and butter until well blended in a large mixing bowl, stir in eggs and blend well
  • Add bananas, rum and water, and mix until well blended
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder until just moistened, fold in pecans
  • Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
  • Let cool for 5 minutes, remove from pans and cool on wire racks prior to slicing.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.7mg



Recipe Rating


Sunday 10th of May 2020

This isn’t only good, but it is also easy to make. My very picky son even said it was really good. It’s just my 10th banana bread recipe that I’ve followed in order to get those words out of his mouth.


Sunday 10th of May 2020

Aww. Thank you so much. This make my heart so happy.


Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Decided to venture out and try a new recipe that included spiced rum. Found this to be a little odd...the order of ingredients into the bowl. Ended up with chunky banana, rather than my usual creamy mash. Sure, it was great not having melted butter and not having to worry about if the butter would cook the eggs. And then the 1/3 cup water added threw me off! The batter was already quite wet for a loaf. I omitted the water, and the bread turned out lovely. Not sure if I'd make this again though!


Thursday 18th of July 2019

Sorry, you had issues with this recipe. Maybe the confusion is that you add "mashed bananas" see #4 in the ingredient list. Humm, we have always added the water, not sure what may have happened there. We do hope you try this again Thanks for stopping by

William Denny

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

Thanks for the recipe, only change was all rum, no water!


Monday 24th of December 2018

Hahaha! I bet it was delicious!

Kim of Mo Betta

Thursday 9th of January 2014

Yum, you had me at 'Boozy'! Pinning to try soon since I just bought a huge bunch of bananas, that I'm sure will not all get eaten (and now I'm hoping they don't!)


Wednesday 8th of January 2014

What a good idea to add a touch of spiced rum!