Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Super-moist banana bread with a thick cinnamon swirl and topped with vanilla glaze.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread - for those of you who love banana bread and warm, gooey cinnamon rolls!

Amazing Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread. Moist, tender, swirled with cinnamon, and topped with vanilla glaze. Recipe: sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread - a recipe for all of you who love banana bread and warm, gooey cinnamon rolls!

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.

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.

Amazing Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread. Moist, tender, swirled with cinnamon, and topped with vanilla glaze. Recipe: sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Amazing Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread. Moist, tender, swirled with cinnamon, and topped with vanilla glaze. Recipe: sallysbakingaddiction.com

Make this now. You’re welcome.

Print
clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon print print icon squares squares icon

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Super-moist, flavorful banana bread swirled with a thick layer of cinnamon and topped with cream vanilla glaze.


Ingredients

Banana Bread

  • 2 cups (250g) white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 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 pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Simple Glaze

  • 1/2 cup (60g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. While the bread is cooling, make the glaze in a small bowl by combining the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla. Add more powdered sugar until you reached desired thickness. Drizzle over banana bread.
  5. Cover and store glazed banana bread at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Banana bread tastes best on day 2 after the flavors have settled together.

Keywords: cinnamon swirl banana bread, cinnamon banana bread

127 Comments

Comments are closed.

  1. I gotta say we were not too impressed with this bread. It tasted like just regular banana bread, which was still good banana bread, but we were expecting the cinnamon swirl in the middle to shine more; it was extremely subtle. I even sprinkled more cinnamon/sugar on top to give it more oomph but still felt it lacking. We’ve made a bunch of your other recipes though and loved them (specifically the scones) so I will continue on!

    1. Mercy Paniyur says:

      I would suggest mixing the sugar and cinnamon with melted butter, just like one would while assembling traditional cinnamon rolls. Pipe or spread the filling in between the two layers and even on top to create a cinnamon swirl pattern similar to that of cinnamon rolls.

  2. Sally! Your banana bread recipes are weekly staples in our home! Just one question – I usually make them as muffins because when I make the bread (9×5 loaf pan) I can never get the top fully cooked. Even adding extra time, I always end up with a quarter of the surface still undone. But as I bake it longer, the rest of the top gets darker. What am I doing wrong???

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Luciana, Playing around with the oven temperature will help. Are you baking with conventional settings on the center rack? You can try lowering the oven temperature and feel free to tent the baking loaf with aluminum foil to prevent the edges and tops from browning too quickly.

  3. Can I make this recipe with my bread machine?

    1. No, a bread machine is for yeast breads. This is really easy to mix by hand or with an electric mixer.

  4. Kevin Sprague says:

    How long should I bake the banana bread if I bake it in a small loaf pan (5×3×2)?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Kevin, Use the same oven temperature and your bake time will be less. I’m unsure of the exact bake time needed for a mini loaf but bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

  5. Delicious

1 2 3 4

With kitchen-tested quality recipes and step-by-step tutorials, my goal is to give you the confidence to bake and cook from scratch.

Sally's signature

Recipes You’ll Love

Archives

Categories

Join the community on the 1st of every month as we tackle a new challenge recipe.Review Sally's Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions.

View More

A tradition since 2013, every December we countdown to Christmas with 10 new cookie recipes in a row!

View More

The first week of every November is all about Thanksgiving Pies.

View More

My Cookbooks

Sally's Cookbooks

About Sally

Welcome to my Kitchen!

I’m Sally, a cookbook author, photographer, and blogger. My goal is to give you the confidence and knowledge to cook and bake from scratch while providing quality recipes and plenty of pictures. Grab a cookie, take a seat, and have fun exploring! more about Sally

×