Orange Blossom and Honey Banana Bread


Honey Banana Bread

This is a story of how I turn three super ugly, sad (do you see what I did below?) bananas into something interesting, comforting and delicious! I went on a short road trip this past weekend and when I returned the three bananas I bought for a healthy granola breakfast had turned into a hideous, dark brownish sight.

I think banana bread is the go-to thing to make when you’re dealing with unattractive, super ripe bananas. This version has a few unexpected yet delicious twists that I’m really into.

The banana bread starts in normal fashion: ugly bananas being mashed up. I added a few splashes of milk, a generous drizzle of honey and a flew glugs of orange blossom water.

Can we talk about orange blossom water? It’s fragrant, effervescent and really bright. It’s often times used in Middle Eastern desserts like baklava and cakes.

Honey and bananas work really lovely with this water, making this cake taste like baked sunshine. Yes, I just said this cake tastes like sunshine.

And since I’m totally a texture person, I added some slivered almonds on top and baked the whole thing for an hour or so.

I ate this how I eat everything in my life: with coffee.

(I just faked the milk for the final shot.)

I’d bet you have gross-looking bananas on your kitchen counter tonight.

If you don’t, well, I’d suggest buying some today and making this on Sunday. That’ll be plenty of times to make them ugly so you can turn them into something super cute and awesome.

It’s the best kind of metamorphosis.

Honey Banana Bread

Orange Blossom and Honey Banana Bread

5 from 1 vote


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, orange blossom water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. If you're paranoid like me, line it with a piece of parchment, too.
  • Cream the sugar and butter in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a small bowl, add the bananas, honey, milk and orange blossom water. Mash the mixture with a fork thoroughly. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the banana mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and stir until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until the flour disappears.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on the rack for 10 minutes or so. Remove the bread from the pan and eat with a glass of cold milk, a cup of hot coffee or a cup of warm tea.

Recipe adapted from Food Network

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    Reply Sahar February 27, 2013 at 12:30 am

    This look delicious! I’ve had some bad experiences with my previous two attempts at banana bread, I think I’m going to have to give this recipe a go…

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    Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks February 27, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I love your cutting board – so cute!

    And I love banana bread! You know it was Natl Banana Bread Day on Saturday, right! This bread sounds perfect! Love honey and the orange combo!

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    Reply Little Kitchie February 27, 2013 at 3:10 am

    This sounds incredible! I actually don’t have bananas on my counter right now, so I’m gonna take your suggestion to get some today and whip this up this weekend!

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    Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 27, 2013 at 3:48 am

    This looks lovely! Awesome idea!

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    Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) February 27, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I have some bananas that I’m really hoping will shrivel up soon…now I just need to buy some orange blossom water (love that stuff!) and make this. I’m sure this tastes incredible!

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    Reply ashley - baker by nature February 27, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I have 8 (!!!) very sad bananas on my counter right now and nothing but time… I’m getting to it!

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    Reply Chloe Moon February 27, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I have never made banana bread and I have no good excuse for that fact either! This must be good!! Your cutting board is adorable!!

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    Reply Nicole February 27, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Where can you purchase orange blossom water?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna February 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

      At any Middle Eastern-type market. I bought it at a store in Los Angeles called Jons which is a normal grocery store that has a section of Middle Eastern and Russian products. Also, you can find it various places online. I hyperlinked the word orange blossom at the very top of the post that redirects you to an online store. Hope that helps!

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    Reply Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen February 27, 2013 at 7:05 am

    trying to decide if i’m more in love with this bread or that super cute cutting board!!

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    Reply tina February 27, 2013 at 7:08 am

    dude ur killing me w/ all these carbs!! i’m totally digging the orange blossom flavoring yo! very tres chic!

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    Reply Danielle February 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Honey and banana is a delicious combo! I definitely need to makes this. Looks wonderful! : )

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    Reply christin February 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

    This looks amazing. But I’m not shocked. Everything you make looks amazing and tastes amazing too!

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    Reply sandra February 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I love the addition of orange to this banana bread. And the almonds are a nice touch.

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    Reply Kasha the FarmGirl February 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I’ve always had a soft spot for orange blossom honey, but it never occurred to me to use orange blossom water! Thanks for that tip!

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    Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I have bananas begging to be made into bread right now πŸ™‚ This looks delicious! Love the orange flavor you added…

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    Reply Michelle February 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I never manage to have brown bananas! Life is so unfair!

    Such a great combo of flavors!

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    Reply Adri {Food-N-Thought} February 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Love banana bread… with a middle-eastern twist O.O
    Def can envision the taste of sunshine!

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    Reply Amy @ Elephant Eats February 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

    omg, orange blossom water?? That sounds so good. I bet it’s amazing in this banana bread, and now I so want to find 1000 other uses for it. Hopefully the middle eastern store near me has it!

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    Reply Heather P. February 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I love banana bread! It’s so easy to make, and so easy to put your own spin on it!

    I have to say, though, the best part of this post was the sad banana face. That totally made my afternoon!

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    Reply Bob February 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Love that picture of the sad banana lol. Orange blossom water sounds interesting, I just made some banana bread the other day so will give this a try next time I make banana bread again.

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    Reply Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge February 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This looks delicious! I always have gross bananas lying around, usually just place them in the freezer for smoothies. I have been craving banana bread! Will have to make this soon.

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    Reply Lindsey February 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    loving the flavor combinations. that loaf looks delish!

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    Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen February 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Ok, first, I love your cutting board! Second, I don’t know why I’ve never thought to make something orange blossom flavored. There’s a hotel that I stay I’ve stayed in a few times that has all orange blossom scented bath products (which I hoard like a psycho), so if it tastes as amazing as it smells, I know I will LOVE it!

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    Reply Christina February 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    This recipe looks fantastic! Thanks for letting us know where to get the orange blossom water (in a previous response).

    Christina @ It’s a Keeper

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    Reply Jayne February 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Yes, banana metamorphosis is like the best kind ever. Of course butterflies are pretty but this is to good. I almost only buy bananas to make stuff like this. I like your orange blossom flavour! Perhaps rose water could be interesting here too… with chopped pistachios instead of almond. Yum!

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    Reply karen February 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    ermergerd! why have I never thought to put orange in my banana bread??? this looks so yummy

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    Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe February 28, 2013 at 4:17 am

    How?! I wonder how could I have lived so far without knowing your blog?! I’ve just discovered it and let me say you it’s brilliant! One of the best foodblogs I’ve ever read! I’ll be following you from now on for sure! And this healthy yummy cake will be my Saturday special breakfast without any doubts!

    xo, Elisa

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna February 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Oh hai! Welcome welcome! I’m so glad you found me! xo

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    Reply Double Dippers March 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    This looks delicious! I love the addition of orange blossom water! So creative! I have 3 sad brown bananas on my kitchen counter right now and I think this recipe would make both them and me very happy!

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    Reply Erin March 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I’m just curious – it seems my banana bread turns out dry – how can i preserve the moisture? less banana? less flour? or am i just over cooking it my a few mins… any suggestions?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna March 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Um…hmm…it sounds like maybe the recipe your using has ratios that are a bit off or you might be baking it for too long. Hard to say!

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    Reply Suze October 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Mmm – delicious! Mine just came out of the oven and it’s lovely. I only had dried orange flowers, so made them into a syrup with the honey and 1/2 tsp dried thyme. I also added 1/4 tsp each cassia and cinnamon, and glazed it with a bit of orange blossom icing.

    The recipe was definitely too salty for our taste – I used 3/4 tsp, but next time I’d only do 1/4 tsp, and I’ll add a full tsp of thyme. However, it’s really lovely and moist!! Thanks for sharing, it’s a keeper πŸ™‚

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    Reply Beth February 9, 2014 at 10:07 am

    My toddler and I made this the other day as a wintery stuck inside afternoon activity and it is so so delicious. My husband and I really liked the amount of salt in the recipe. I cut back on the sugar and subbed in half whole wheat flour and I was very pleased. As I am with all the recipes I make from your site. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme February 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Yum! I love the halved sugar and whole wheat alterations you made. Glad it worked out! xo

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    Reply Amaranth Appleby March 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Just made this using orange blossom honey as I was just using ingredients from home, I used half brown sugar and half castor sugar as that’s all I had. Sprinkled the top wth blueberries and pepitas and stuck a few chocolate chunks in before baking. Absolutely delicious I think the addition of the honey was perfect!

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    Reply bazaar November 5, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    5 stars
    It is very delicious

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