Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

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Sometimes I think I buy bananas so they can sit on my counter and get over-ripe just so I can make a delicious treat. With how amazing this cinnamon swirled banana bread was, I might just buy bananas every week so that I always have over-ripe bananas on hand! This bread was AMAZING!! My hubby took a bite of this and was screaming, This is the best banana bread you have ever made!! This honestly felt like to me that it was a snickerdoodle banana bread. The cinnamon was swirled through the middle AND the top of the bread had like a cinnamon sugary crust. Wow. Enough talking. Use us those over-ripe bananas and make this as fast as you can! Or go and buy some and let them get over-ripe. You will love this!

Rating: 5 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
Things that I changed:  Nothing
Things that I would do differently next time: I would put more of the cinnamon sugar in the middle than on top. The top was awesome but I did have a little excess cinnamon sugar. I am also going to try a glaze on top. 1/2 powdered sugar and 1 TBS heavy cream. Doesn’t that sound heavenly?
Will I make this again? Heck yes

3 over-ripe bananas, smashed up
1/3 Cup melted Butter
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon Swirl:
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs Cinnamon

1. Preheat your oven to 350. Grease and flour a loaf pan. I used a 9×5.
2. Mix bananas, sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla together.
3. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt on top. Gently mix in the flour. Be careful not to over-mix!
4. Add half of the batter in the greased pan. Spoon the cinnamon mixture on top of this. Use most of it, only leaving a little to sprinkle on the top.
5. Add the rest of the batter and then sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar on top.
6. Bake for 50-60 minutes. (Mine took 50) and adjust the baking time if you are using a smaller loaf pan.

Recipe from Lovin in the Oven

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This recipe is a keeper..sooo good! It is perfectly moist ..only thing I did different was put more then one layer of the cinnamon sugar in the middle. Thanks for a perfect recipe! Oh..and chocolate chips in the bread make it more amazing 🙂

  2. I made this on a day ago and my 10-year old ate it up. Sooo good! I did add some brown sugar to my cinnamon mixture. Also I substituted some of the white flour with flax meal and whole wheat flour. Now he wants more, so I am going to continue to experiment. I am using coconut oil instead of butter, and I am adding walnuts to the swirl (a request from my son.

    I looked at several other recipes but came back to this one. It is delish! and had fewer ingredients..

  3. I am new to baking so I wanted to verify one ingredient , is it baking soda like arm & hammer or baking powder?

  4. Made this bread…DELISH! Then made it into muffins… Wowza!
    I also added pecans to the swirl in the muffins.
    I’m finding myself buying more bananas than I know will be eaten just to make this recipe!
    This is my favorite banana bread recipe, thanks for sharing!

  5. Love this bread!! It has become my “go to” recipe for extra bananas. So simple to put together with only a few ingredients. Thank you

  6. Is the butter in the cinnamon swirl melted or warmed to room temperature so it is more like a paste? I’m unclear what I should expect. Thanks!

  7. Hi! I love this recipe. I use it all the time. But I was wondering, do you know what would happen if I used brown sugar in the cinnamon swirl mix (not the batter)? Do you think it would be good, or make it taste off? Thanks!

  8. This is the best banana bread recipe in existence. Friends, family and coworkers request that I make it frequently. Thank you for testing and sharing!

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