Miso Banana Bread

Whenever I have overly ripe bananas, I have an incredible urge to make banana bread. But after making banana bread several times, I wanted to try something different – MISO.

Miso is naturally savory and packed with umami so a little goes a long way. When I was testing this recipe, I made the mistake of adding both salt and miso, which resulted in the saltiest bread I’ve ever eaten. It was absolutely horrible and inedible. Let’s just say, lesson learned lol.

When I reattempted it, I made sure to only use miso and it turned out SO delicious! The bread was super moist and the sweetness from the bananas really complemented the miso.

If you’re looking to jazz up your banana bread, give this recipe a try!

Miso Banana Bread

Servings 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins


  • 5 ripe bananas peeled + divided
  • 8 oz unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp white miso
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 220g (1 3/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg grated


  • Preheat your oven to 350F/175C.
  • Place 4 peeled bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine softened butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and white miso. Mix with a handheld mixer or stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix for 30 seconds until combined.
  • Sift the all purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Transfer into the bowl with the banana mixture. Gently fold until well combined. Be sure not to overmix!
  • Spray all sides of the loaf tin with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the tin and spread the top so it's an even layer.
  • Cut the last banana in half and place it on top of the batter.
  • Bake for 60 to 90 minutes. Make sure to check for doneness at the 60 minute mark by sticking a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, it's ready! If it comes out with crumbs or sticky batter, it needs more time. Keep checking for doneness every 10 minutes until it's ready.
  • Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Fusion, Japanese

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