Banana Walnut Scones with Browned Butter Icing

banana walnut scones with browned butter glaze

Moist and tender Banana Walnut Scones with Browned Butter Icing might just be the most comforting breakfast on the planet!

banana walnut scones with a browned butter icing

Banana Walnut Scones are almost too decadent to be called breakfast…but don’t let that stop you.

I know, you don’t have to tell me, I posted two scone recipes this week. But it makes total sense because when you make one great thing, you naturally want more of it. And of course I wasn’t going to make another batch of my Strawberry Shortcake Scones, not when I had a couple of perfectly blackened bananas on the counter. Anyway, what better time to overdose on scone recipes than Mother’s Day week?

ripe bananas

This is a great recipe, if I do say so myself. The oat flour makes the pastry extra tender, the banana gives it that famously warm and comforting flavor, and the walnuts add more flavor and great texture. The browned butter icing was just a natural. The whole thing works beautifully. Highly recommended for a luxurious breakfast in bed, or a regular old workday morning.

How to make oat flour ~

  • Use rolled oats (regular or quick cooking.) You can also use steel cut oats for a coarser flour.
  • Put them in a food processor or high speed blender and process until they become finely ground.
  • For details check out my How to Make Oat Flour post.

banana walnut scones

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Flaky and tender banana walnut scones with browned butter icing

Flaky and tender banana walnut scones with browned butter icing
3.74 from 15 votes

Banana Walnut Scones with Browned Butter Icing

Moist and tender Banana Walnut Scones with Browned Butter Icing might just be the most comforting breakfast on the planet!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Yield 8 scones
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup oat flour (I like Bob's Red Mill, or you can make your own, directions below) I like Bob's Red Mill, or you can make your own, directions below
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 Tbsp cold unsalted butter cut in pieces
  • heaping half cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup well mashed ripe bananas about 2 medium
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

browned butter icing

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • heavy cream or half and half, or milk, to thin


  • Set oven to 400F
  • Put the flours, baking powder, soda, salt and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse to combine.
  • Add the butter pieces and pulse about 20 or more times to completely incorporate the butter. The mixture will have a coarse crumb.
  • Put the mashed banana in a glass liquid measuring cup and add enough cream to make 1 cup. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Add the walnuts and the liquid ingredients to the processor and pulse again until the dough comes together. I pulse several times and then run the machine briefly to get the dough to form. Don't over-process.
  • Turn the dough, it will be sticky, out onto a floured surface and bring together with your hands. Form it into a 7 to 8 inch flat round disk. Again, don't over-work the dough or you will get tough scones. The dough will be shaggy and rough, and you want it that way.
  • Cut the disk in half, and then into 8 triangles. Arrange the scones on a lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. At this point I like to refrigerate the dough while I clean up the mess.
  • Bake the scones for about 15-18 minutes until golden. Cool on a rack before icing.
  • To make the icing, put the butter in a small saucepan or skillet and melt it over medium heat. Watch it carefully, the butter will start to sizzle, and then slowly start to turn brown. Swirl or stir often. Take the pan off the heat when the butter is a dark nutty brown, but before it burns. This only takes a couple of minutes. Note: it helps to use a pan with a light colored lining so you can see the color transformation better.
  • Pour the butter into the sugar and stir. Add just enough milk or cream to make a thick glaze.
  • Turn each scone headfirst down into the glaze and invert back onto a rack.
  • Enjoy!

Cook's notes

To make oat flour, put old fashioned oats into a high speed blender like Vitamix, or the bowl of a regular food processor and blend until finely ground into flour. This will take happen very quickly. Then measure out 1 cup for this recipe.
You will need a little over a cup of oats to make a cup of oat flour.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Kate Lawson
    September 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Sue, I’m crazy about all your recipes and have recommended you to my friends. Can I make these scones the night before, refrigerate and bake off the next morning?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      September 4, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Yes, that will work well with scones, Kate, and thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Jean |
    May 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Sue, nobody appreciates a good scone more than I do; and *this* is a good scone (I can just tell)! I normally wouldn’t ice a scone, but this would be an exception!

  • Reply
    May 14, 2015 at 4:49 am

    5 stars
    I made these, but only had 1 banana & used gluten free flour + the oats – they were still delicious! Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Reply
      May 14, 2015 at 7:33 am

      I have heard that my scone recipes do well with gluten flour, thanks for the feedback Jean! What brand flour did you use?

  • Reply
    Joan Hayes
    May 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    These look absolutely heavenly! Brown butter glaze on a scone? The best. Brown butter anything really. I like the way you think! ; )

  • Reply
    May 11, 2015 at 7:02 am

    i never craved a scone until you started posting about them. this is another delicious batch!

    • Reply
      May 11, 2015 at 9:45 am


  • Reply
    May 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hey Lady, you can post as many scones as you want! You are right in that you can’t have too many of them. Plus you make one heck of scone! We are lucky that you were tasked with finding use for two blacken bananas. The frosting is perfecto!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    How lovely Sue! You are the scone queen and that icing sounds perfect. Bananas in scones is brilliant! Hope you had a wonderful mother’s day!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    You had me at brown butter icing, I adore these scones!

    • Reply
      May 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Haha – it was so hard to capture the little brown specks on film, but they are there, adding such a fabulous flavor!

  • Reply
    Melissa @ Bits of Umami
    May 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I am loving these scones. That browned butter icing looks incredible!

  • Reply
    May 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    5 stars
    Just made your strawberry shortcake scones. They turned out absolutely delicious. I didn’t have heavy cream so I substituted buttermilk, they came out perfect. Can’t wait to make these banana ones next. I’m a scone fanatic too!

    • Reply
      May 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      You know I love baking with buttermilk, but I was out the other day, I will often substitute it for cream, glad to know you liked these Yvonne!

    • Reply
      May 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Oh, and you neeeeed to make the banana ones…just sayin’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    [email protected]+This+is+How+I+Cook
    May 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    You really are just killing me this week. One bite after another. You do know that, don’t you?

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    May 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    What a wonderful flavor combination. I would not have thought to put bananas in scones but I love the idea! And brown butter makes everything betterr!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    May 9, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I have never had a banana scone! What a great idea and I love that delicious brown butter icing.

  • Reply
    May 9, 2015 at 10:25 am

    RAINING hard enough here to cancel outdoors for me…these scones will be PERFECT addition to Mother’s Day brunch! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Christina @ Christina's Cucina
    May 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I would never have thought to make scones with bananas! Wow and browned butter icing, too! Beautiful!

  • Reply
    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    May 9, 2015 at 8:49 am

    We have had rain all week, are under a flood watch and expecting 4 inches of snow tonight. These scones sound like the perfect solution to all of my woes Sue! Fantastic flavors.

    • Reply
      May 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Oh I know, we’ve actually been super cold here too – perfect scone weather ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 9, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I love banana anything, so these are right up my alley! Love the browned butter icing. Pinned!

    • Reply
      May 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

  • Reply
    May 9, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I have 2 bananas just like that in the fruit bowl… your scones look epic… and shortly I will have some of my very own! ha ha!

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