Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread.
Super-moist banana bread with a thick cinnamon swirl and topped with vanilla glaze.
Early last week, I picked up a bunch of bananas and anxiously waited for them to turn the perfect shade of speckled brown. Sweet, over-ripened, and practically-rotten bananas are the force behind a spectacular banana bread. When it comes to bananas in banana bread, I like to say… the browner, the better.
Sunday morning, I woke up like a giddy little girl on Christmas morning and popped my head into the kitchen in hopes to find my perfect speckled bananas waiting for me. I like to stick mine in a brown paper bag to speed up the process. Who has patience? Not this girl.
Alas, the naners were ready. 50 quick minutes later, a star banana bread was born.
This is by far the easiest banana bread you’ll ever make. 5 minutes to mix together, pop in the oven, go back to sleep…
…at least that’s what I did. 😉
Soon enough, you’ll be graced with an alluring scent wafting through the house and one fine lookin’ bread ready in the oven.
What you’ll love most is that there is only 1/2 stick butter in the entire recipe. The bread is left moist and tender from the vanilla yogurt and bananas, so there really wasn’t any need for more artery clogging fat.
But there’s obviously a need for a sweet heavy cream/powdered sugar glaze. There’s always a need for that. Sure the drippy glaze is drool-worthy, but what I loved most about the banana bread is the pretty little cinnamon ribbon hiding inside.
I’m a true cinnamon fiend and love to sprinkle cinnamon sugar on just about anything these days. A thick layer of the good stuff peeking through the moist banana bread layers is to die for.
Because of the added sweetness in the glaze and cinnamon-sugar layer, I reduced the sugar in the actual bread itself. I don’t enjoy a sugar-bomb banana bread because it takes away from the most important part – the bananas. Unless of course it’s this banana bread.
Today’s bread is unreal. It’s like biting into a huge cinnamon bun but better. A beautiful merging of moist, dense banana bread with sticky, sweet cinnamon rolls.
Make this now. You’re welcome.
Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
Moist, flavorful banana bread swirled with a thick layer of cinnamon and topped with cream vanilla glaze.
- 2 cups (250g) white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar, not packed
- 4 Tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 and 1/2 cups mashed very ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
- 1/3 cup (80g) plain or vanilla yogurt (I used greek yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 Tablespoon (15ml) heavy cream (or half-and-half or milk)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter with a stand or handheld mixer on medium speed until well blended – about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a wooden spoon, stir in the mashed banana, yogurt, and vanilla. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Do NOT overmix. Batter will be thick.
- Spoon half of the batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar swirl ingredients. Top with remaining batter. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on the wire rack.
- While the bread is cooling, make the glaze in a small bowl by combining the powdered sugar and heavy cream. Add more powdered sugar until you reached desired thickness. Drizzle over banana bread. Bread will stay fresh and moist at room temperature for up to 10 days in an airtight container.
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