Upside-Down Banana Monkey Bread

Buttery Cinnamon Bread with Pecans and Bananas
Buttery Cinnamon Bread with Pecans and Bananas
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2 tsp Active dry yeast
½ cup Brown sugar plus 1 tbsp packed , divided
1 cup Milk warm 2% (110° to 115°)
1 cup Bananas about 2 large, ripe , mashed
Large eggs room temperature
2 tbsp Butter melted
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon ground
5¼ to 5¾ cups All-purpose flour
2 tsp banana extract, optional
For the Glaze:
⅔ cup Brown sugar packed
½ cup Half-and-half cream
6 tbsp Butter cubed
For the Coating:
¾ cup Pecans chopped , toasted
6 tbsp Butter melted
2 ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
1 Bananas large, sliced

Nutritional information

2 pieces
serving size
  • For the Glaze:

  • For the Coating:

Upside-Down Banana Monkey Bread


Warm and yummy, this Upside-Down Banana Monkey Bread recipe is one of my favorites. Soft dough balls dipped in melted butter and coated in cinnamon sugar, over a glaze which is first added to the baking pan with a layer of toasted pecans so that once baked and turned out, you have an “upside-down”-like bread. Top with a sweet, butter and cream glaze and banana slices.

To make Upside-Down Banana Monkey Bread, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Upside-Down Banana Monkey Bread

Steps to make Upside-Down Banana Monkey Bread


Activate yeast


In a small bowl, dissolve 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast and 1 tablespoon brown sugar in 1 cup of warm milk. Set aside.


Combine batter ingredients


In a large bowl, using an electric beater, beat on medium speed, 1 cup of mashed bananas, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of butter, activated yeast, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1½ cup of flour and remaining ½ cup of brown sugar and if using, adding 2 teaspoons of banana extract for extra flavor until a soft and sticky dough forms.


Add remaining flour


Add remaining 4 cups of flour and mix until combined.


Knead dough


Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic.




Lightly grease a bowl and place dough. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for about 1 hour to rise until doubled in volume.


Prepare glaze


In a small saucepan, stir ⅔ cup brown sugar, ½ cup half-and-half cream and 6 tablespoons of butter until combined then bring to a boil while continuously stirring and mixing.


Fill baking pan


Set ¼ cup of glaze aside to top monkey bread and pour the remaining into a greased 13x9-inch baking pan.


Add pecans


Fill the base of the pan with ¾ cup of toasted pecans.


Prepare filling bowls


Prepare 1 bowl of melted butter and 1 bowl of cinnamon and sugar mixed.


Prepare dough balls


Once risen, punch through dough to release excess air and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide and roll into 48 ball shapes.


Coat balls


Dip rolled dough balls into the butter to coat and then follow with cinnamon and sugar mix all over. Place into the prepared baking pan over the toasted pecans.


Second rise


Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place for about 30 minutes to rise again until almost doubled in volume.


Preheat oven


Preheat the oven to 375 °F.




Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes.



Turn monkey bread out onto a serving plate and top with banana slices and drizzle remaining glaze over. Serve warm.

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Total Reviews: 21
Belinda Greenfield

Made double of everything in the ingredient list so I could have more than one loaf, ive got a huge family.

Poppy Manuszak

Will be making this again, the perfect sweetness in a bread you could ask for, thanks so much.

Abbie Stinchfield

Flavourful and quite simple, couldn't ask for anything more delicious.

Adela Tomchak

Takes quite a long time to make this but it was worth it since it tasted so good.

Temperance Westfall

My kids love when I make this, in fact each time I do it's gone the same day, it's sweet but also has some protein in it because of the bananas so I'm satisfied.

Armani Stilwill

I added some more cinnamon to mine because I like the taste.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Upside down banana monkey bread is a perfect name for this !!! Because once I shared it with my kids they were bouncing around the house and dangling upside down the couch like monkeys,LOL!

Antonella Renstrom

Really love this recipe, it's super delicious and I can't get enough of it!

Audra Messier

I skipped the pecans because I'm not a fan but other than that this recipe was perfect.

Mayah Onusko

Bookmarked the page because I can't get over how easy everything is to make and how tasty it is, really happy.

Emmie Zawaski

I'd say this is too sweet, I much prefer simple things like the pumpkin bread, but my kids loved this.

Kelsie Wininger

My husband has a huge sweet tooth so he loves this bread more than any other bread I could make.

Brynleigh Akutagawa

This took me a while to perfect but I think the more i cook it the better it will be.

Evalynn Subramani

Great recipe thanks so much, gonna make it again.

Marlie Vandeloo

Can't wait to share this recipe with all my friends and family, it was good.

Priya Lomedico

Would recommend this to anyone who loves banana bread as much as I do!

Brisa Maceyko

Brought this for a family meet up because I was told to make a dessert and thought this would be the perfect thing, everyone enjoyed it thanks so much.

Amora Porowski

Very delicious an quite simple to make, I love me some bananas for sure and this bread is the BOMB!

Adilyn Vanduren

I love this and the vegan banana bread, they are both really good, this one is just more sweet.

Karissa Gilford

Had this with some tea in the morning, it's realllly sweet so i'd say add less sugar than what the ingriedents say.


I love it Yummy-yummy!

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