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Beernana Bread

Really, it's simple arithmetic…or something like that: Beer is good. Banana bread is good. Beernana bread is great! Even guys who don't know their way around the kitchen can pull this one off. —Steve Cayford, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) wheat beer
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, mix flour, oats and brown sugar. In another bowl, mix bananas, beer and maple syrup until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  • Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with sesame seeds and salt. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool.

  • Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled loaf in foil and place in resealable plastic freezer bag. To use, thaw at room temperature.
Test Kitchen Tip
  • We loved Blue Moon beer in this recipe. Steer clear of the IPA's; they'll give the bread a bitter bite.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 slice: 173 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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    • coachkcrist
      Dec 9, 2020

      Used Sam Adams cherry wheat beer as that was what I had. Cooked perfectly. Tasted great

    • ruby2s9756
      Jul 26, 2020

      I little bit more dense then I thought it would be, cooked well and enjoyed the flavor, I used a mango wheat beer it was good.

    • Aquarelle
      Mar 25, 2018

      roseannf, wheat beer is beer that is brewed with over 50% malted wheat as opposed to malted barley. I would suggest trying this recipe with Paulaner Hefe-Weizen. It has kind of a banana-like aroma and taste (and is also very good). Now I gotta try this bread too.

    • roseannf
      Sep 5, 2017

      Want to try this really bad, but don't know what kind of beer is "wheat" beer? Can someone give me famous brand names so I can buy some??

    • skimball7
      Jan 9, 2016

      Not for high altitude.

    • irvixen
      Apr 27, 2015

      Your mathematical logic is spot on! This is my favorite banana bread recipe, and I will make it whenever I have the spare bananas. Moist and delicious, fabulous crust. I salute you sir. I also posted this on my All The Cooks App, crediting you of course. :) Thanks for a stellar recipe.

    • sgronholz
      Oct 22, 2014

      This recipe is wonderful! The bread is moist and delicious and a welcome change from more traditional banana bread recipes. My husband and I slathered our slices with butter, which was not necessary, but really tasted good! I will definitely be making this again!

    • kbuckert
      Jul 8, 2014

      I enjoyed the flavor of this bread, but I may try putting sugar on the top next time. The beer is subtle, but I can taste it. The texture is amazing.

    • Gramafk7
      Jun 16, 2014

      Why rate something you haven't even tried? If it's too "weird" for you then move on and don't give a rating - especially if you haven't made it. Actually it wasn't weird at all, I made this today for company. Big hit everyone enjoyed it...and not one person thought it was weird.

    • FrogWhizzer
      Jun 15, 2014

      How or WHY would you rate something you didn't even TRY! Excellent!!