Dulce de Leche Caramel Banana Bread

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Dulce de Leche Banana Bread

Dulce de Leche Banana Bread

Pan de Plátano con Dulce de Leche

Recipe Yield

8 to 10 Servings

Cooking time

1 hour 15 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.43 from 7 votes


  • 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature plus more to grease the pan
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas peeled, sliced and completely mashed
  • 1/2 cup Dulce de Leche or Cajeta
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • For garnish confectioners' sugar

To Prepare

  • Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9”x5” nonstick loaf pan with butter.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, set with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and continue beating until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue beating for a couple minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the flour mixture ¼ cup at a time. Continue beating until well incorporated. You will have a very dry batter.
  • Remove a third of the batter and set aside in a separate bowl. Add the mashed bananas to the remaining batter in the mixer bowl and continue beating until the batter is fluffy and mixed. Pour the banana batter into the prepared pan.
  • Rinse the mixer bowl and paddle attachment. Add the reserved batter and the Dulce de Leche to the mixer bowl and beat at medium speed, for a minute, until blended. Reduce speed, pour in the boiling water and continue beating until completely smooth. Pour the dulce de leche caramel batter in the pan over the banana batter.
  • Place in the oven and bake for an hour, until the top is puffed up, golden brown and a toothpick comes out moist but not wet on a corner of the bread. Remove from the oven, let cool and flip out of the pan onto a platter. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar. Once it has cooled completely, cover it, so it retains and even gains more moisture.


105comments inDulce de Leche Banana Bread

  1. Kevin L.

    Nov 19

    I just saw this episode and she used some sort of Carmel that seems to be excluded in this recipe except one mention of “dulce de leche caramel batter” in the instructions. There is no mention of carmel before or after that nor anything in the ingredients. Is there anyway to figure out what it was and how much she used? Thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Hola Kevin, it is 1/2 cup of dulce de leche or cajeta that is in the list of ingredients, enjoy!

  2. Winnie Kosmel

    Jun 19

    Made it this afternoon. Made 2 mini-loaves to share. Really puffed up, almost like bread dough. Love the separation of the 2 doughs. Will make again.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 20

      So glad you liked it Winnie, yay!

  3. Anonymous

    Mar 30


    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Que bueno que te gusto, yay!

  4. Pat Gaughan

    Mar 09

    Absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to have my grandchildren try it. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 20

      My pleasure Pat, hope the kids will like it as well 😉

  5. Diana Fernandez

    Sep 01

    How do you make Dulce de Leche or Cajeta?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

  6. Marilyn

    Aug 19

    Amazing so good! I love this recipe!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 23

      Gracias Marilyn 😉

  7. Cynthia Castillo

    Jul 27

    I added walnuts and almonds to my bread! Such an easy and delicious dessert! Gracias for todo Pati! I really enjoy watching you cook! You make it so simple!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 28

      Muchas gracias a ti Cynthia, I am sure the nuts made it even more special 🙂

  8. Phyllis

    May 04

    How much Cinnamon? I don’t see any amount listed.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 04

      This recipe does not take cinnamon Phyllis, but if you like it you could add it to your taste 🙂

      1. Bev

        Aug 28

        On the episode – the Dulce De Leche was cinnamon flavoured. :). Yum!

  9. Marilynn

    May 03

    Hi Pati – I only have a hand mixer (electric). No paddle. What speed should I mix the ingredients with the hand mixer?

    Thank you

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 03

      Hi Marilynn, just do as if you had the standing mixer, start at medium speed and then reduce to slow when adding the dry ingredients. Good luck 😉

      1. Marilynn Puglisi

        May 04

        Thank you! I just began watching your show this weekend and I love it! You make me want to jump in the TV to eat all your recipes. I’m going to make the carnitas and gazpacho very soon!

  10. Sharon

    May 02

    What is the volume (cups) of the mashed banana?

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 04

      Hi Sharon! 2 bananas mashed should equal to 2/3 of a cup. Enjoy!

  11. Ana LeBron

    May 02

    Hold Patients.. My name is Ana from NY. I’m ready to try this Pan de leche, banana bread recipe. Enjoy watching your show. Dios te bendiga.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Muchas gracias Anna, enjoy it 😉

  12. Cathie’

    Apr 06

    I cant find Dulce de Leche in Australia what would you recommend as a replacement
    Thank you

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 07

      Hello Cathie in Australia! Thanks so much for your question; you can substitute dulce de leche with caramel sauce or even with condensed milk. However, making dulce de leche at home is really, really easy! Here is my recipe in case you want to try it, good luck 😉 https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/homemade-cajeta-or-dulce-de-leche/

  13. Carolina😊

    Jan 23

    I lived in Canada 🇨🇦 and I watch your show at night with my husband, last night I tried this recipe and it was amazing the results ( although I forgot USA it is Fahrenheit not Celsius). Thanks for your all recipes and add the Latin flavour to it !!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 23

      Thank you for tuning in from Canada, Carolina!

  14. Julieta Garza

    Dec 28

    I’m about to make this delicious banana bread! I was wondering if I can add pecans??!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Go for it, Julieta!

      1. Julieta Garza

        Jan 08

        Gracias por la receta!! El pan estaba delicioso, Pati!!

  15. Luz

    Dec 27

    Last night, I made this banana bread and it was AMAZING, even though I forgot the cinnamon :(. Next time, I’ll use the cinnamon for more deliciousness 🙂

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 27

      So glad you enjoyed it, Luz.

  16. Paulette

    Dec 06

    Great recipe

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 07

      Thank you, Paulette!

  17. Rebecca A Hernandez

    Nov 17

    I got it on you tube but I have to pay attention to it.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 18

      I hope the banana bread came out well, Rebecca!

  18. Rebecca A Hernandez

    Nov 17

    Hi Pati I tried to make it but I failed when I add the flour mixture and it got dried.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 19

      Oh I’m sorry to hear this, Rebecca. I hope you give it another try.

  19. Vivian (from Des Moines Iowa)

    Nov 11

    What brand of dolche de leche did you use

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 12

      You can use any that you have, Vivian!

  20. Evelyn

    Nov 08

    Bread was delicious, only problem I had center of loaf didn’t bake. I tested with tooth pick before I removed from oven and it looked beautiful when I took it out but as it cooled center of loaf sank. After slicing center I found top part was not fully baked. Will try baking again and will adjust baking time.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 13

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear that…but yes give it a few more minutes and enjoy, Evelyn!

  21. Rebecca A Hernandez

    Nov 08

    “Hi Pati i love your show on klrn 9.4 in San Antonio i saw you were making dulce le leche banana i said myself it sounds good and i decided to make it at home they turn out ok.:

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 08

      I’m so glad you gave the banana bread a try, Rebecca!

  22. Rebecca A Hernandez

    Nov 07

    “I made them and they were delicious.”

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 08


  23. Valerie

    Sep 22

    I would like to add walnuts to this recipe. At what point did I do this?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Mix them into the batter before you bake it, Valerie. Enjoy!

  24. Joann

    Aug 04

    Hi Patti, I prepared de banana bread and it came out fantastic but not with that 2 different colors, it got mixed. Is it something to do with the baking time?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 19

      Hmm, I’m not sure what happened, but the thing is, the two colors are very similar. It may have had to do with your dulce de leche brand being a lighter color than one I used…but I’m glad it still came out fantastic, Joann.

  25. Debbie H

    May 03

    I have a jar of Dulce de Leche caramel sauce but does not have cinnamon. Can I add ground cinnamon and if so, how much?

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Absolutely! Add cinnamon to taste, Debbie.

  26. Mary T

    Apr 11

    How important is it to use “unsalted“ butter? I only have salted .

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 18

      I recommend you use unsalted butter whenever you are baking… can you look for some next time you are at the market?

  27. Rahul Panchal

    Mar 04

    Hi Pati,

    Would I have to adjust the cooking time if I were to make this in a bundt cake pan instead of a loaf pan?



    1. Pati

      Mar 08

      It will probably need a few minutes less, Rahul. You check for the doneness by using a toothpick.

  28. William Grissom

    Feb 23

    Hey patti love this recipe I’ve made many different banana bread recipes and this one is awesome thanks patti. Wish I could add a picture for you!!!

    1. Pati

      Feb 25

      I wish I could see a picture, William!

  29. Emi

    Jan 23

    Hi Pati……can I use coronado regular cajeta and then just add some cinnamon? La Lechera has dulce de leche….which do u suggest?

    1. Pati

      Jan 24

      Exactly! You can add cinnamon to the cajeta that you have, Emi.

  30. Yolanda

    Jan 20

    Where can I find the Coronado dulc e re leche caramel cinnamon

    1. Pati

      Jan 23

      You can usually find it in the Latin/International aisle at your local retailer. Or if you can’t find it, Yolanda, you can add cinnamon directly to the batter. Enjoy!

  31. Lidia

    Jan 19

    Can’t wait to make it! You make everything look delicious 😋

    1. Pati

      Jan 21


  32. LPatin

    Jan 09

    I’m making this & it needs a bigger pan than noted. It spilled over while baking. However it smells divine

    1. Pati

      Jan 10

      I hope you enjoy it!

    2. Teresa D'Aprile

      Nov 09

      This happened to me too!

    3. Anonymous

      May 05

      I just baked this for the first time and mine spilled over all over the bottom of my oven :(. Pati, what should we use less of so that it does not overflow?

      1. Pati Jinich

        May 11

        Sorry to hear that! Did you use a 9 x 5 loaf pan? It is a bit bigger than the standard which is normally 8 1/2 x 4 1/2. Please let me know!

        1. Gloria

          May 15

          Me too! It spilled all over the bottom of my oven, but luckily I had an aluminum foil liner on the bottom. I had to take the top layer off because it was very crusty but the middle was not baked. Then I put it bake in the oven for 20 minutes and kept a close watch on it. It turned out good, but a lot of the cajeta was on that top layer I had to throw out because it was very crusty. Overall I like it but I am a going to try it again with a different pan. Thank you Pati!! Live tour show!

  33. Grace

    Jan 05

    My family loves my banana bread but this Wil be an upgrade can’t wait to try it !

    1. Pati

      Jan 07

      Awesome! Enjoy the banana bread, Grace.

  34. Jasmine

    Jan 04

    Hola Pati! Es posible a hacerlo sin mixer?

    1. Pati

      Jan 07

      Sí! Lo puedes hacer con ​tus manos o una batidora de mano.

  35. Ann R

    Dec 29

    Would you be able to use melted Caramel with tsp of Cinnamon instead of dulce de leche

    1. Pati

      Dec 31

      I recommend Dulce de Leche…you can use any brand you find online or in stores…and then you can add cinnamon to taste. Enjoy the Banana Bread, Ann!

  36. James

    Dec 07

    Do you have to use the goat milk dolce de Leche? I make my own with sweeten condensed milk, would that work?

    1. Pati

      Dec 10

      Go for it, James!

  37. Suzie

    Nov 28

    This recipe was a such a hit with my family! It was delicious! Thank you Pati!

    1. Pati

      Nov 29

      So happy to hear it was a hit, Suzie. Thank YOU.

  38. Darryl Riech

    Nov 20

    What can I use in place of the Dulce de Leche Carmel? It’s not available where I live. Thanks

    1. Pati

      Nov 21

      You can try to find Cajeta, which many times is also called Dulce de Leche in the Hispanic/International food aisle of your market, or you can find it online. Enjoy the banana bread, Darryl!

  39. Naomi Teller

    Oct 14

    I just baked this bread and it is DIVINE !

    1. Pati

      Oct 15


  40. Mayra Miranda

    Oct 14

    Delicioso pan gracias x compartir tus recetas. Saludos un abrazo !!!!

    1. Pati

      Oct 14

      Mil gracias, Mayra!

  41. Mayra Miranda

    Oct 14

    Mis niños cuando vieron el video del pan de banana me dijeron wow que rico se ve así que lo voy a hacer me encantan las bananas, gracias x compartir tus recetas deliciosas!! Saludos un abrazo!!!!

    1. Pati

      Oct 23

      Uy mil gracias, Mayra! Dile hola a tus niños de mi parte.

  42. Maria M.

    Sep 29

    Pati, can I use another brand of dulce de leche and add ground cinnamon, ( 1 teaspoon?), to the batter? This sounds amazing!

    1. Pati

      Oct 23

      You can use any dulce de leche, Maria.

      1. Doreen J

        Nov 11

        I have looked everywhere and cannot find “Coronado dulce de leche”. Only Coronado brand made with goats milk. Is that the same thing? Would love to try this recipe!

        1. Pati

          Nov 12

          You can usually find it in the Hispanic aisle of major retailers, Doreen. If you can’t find it, you can add cinnamon to the dulce de leche caramel (that’s made with goat’s milk) that you can find. Have fun making it!

  43. Rocio

    Sep 23

    Hola, no puedo encontrar el coronado dulce de leche con canela, puedo ponerle el Dulce de leche y un poco de canela? 🤔

    1. Pati

      Oct 30

      Hola Rocio! Usa dulce de leche del que puedas encontrar…

  44. Linda Cate

    Sep 16

    Gracias, Pati, pero, no. Tengo Diabetes typo II, me parece delicioso. Sabroso probably translates to Savory, savored, or some other derivative. Or just plain DEEEEELICIOUS?

    1. Pati

      Oct 08

      Thanks for the tip on sabroso, Linda.

  45. Linda L.

    Sep 16

    My grandson liked this so much that he licked his plate. My husband concurred. Thank you so much.

    I had Coronado cajeta in the house so I used that.

    1. Pati

      Oct 02

      Hahaha…so sweet. Say hola to your grandson and husband for me Linda.

  46. Janneth

    Sep 07

    This looks great. Can you exclude the banana or substitute it?

    1. Pati

      Sep 11

      Well, this really is meant to be a banana bread, but you can try Alisa´s marbled poundcake for one that doesn’t have banana, Janneth: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/recipe/alisas-marbled-pound-cake/

  47. Bobbi Hayes/co Bulldog Fitness

    Sep 06

    1/2 cup Coronado® Dulce de Leche Caramel Cinnamon where would you buy this item

    1. Pati

      Sep 14

      I hope you love the banana bread, Bobbi!

      1. Jennifer White

        Sep 19

        Could you just add some cinnamon to this batter?

      2. Frances

        Oct 16

        Bobbi, you can find it on Amazon but it’s called Coronado Cajeta Quemada. Took me a while to find it but I did so I’m sharing the info. Hope that helps.

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