Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

24 01 2010

A few posts back, I made cinnamon-swirly bread in an attempt to rid my house of any weird pet odors. It worked like a charm, and I had the bonus of having a delicious loaf of quick bread to devour. Well, a couple of days ago, after an unmentionable pet disaster in the living room that inspired a colossal cleaning frenzy, I decided to tweak the recipe a little and once again fill the house with a nice smell.

This version is really my mother-in-law’s brain child. She suggested taking the cinnamon swirl concept and marrying it to banana bread. Genius! Because banana and cinnamon go together like peanut butter and chocolate, or jelly and cream cheese, or a standing rib roast and Yorkshire pudding, or pork and mustard, or… well, you see where I’m going here. Because banana and cinnamon go so well together, the final product was delicious. It was so perfect, in fact, that we ate almost the entire loaf in about half a day.

This recipe is a great basic go-to banana bread recipe, even without the cinnamon swirl. It’s very easy, and it’s extraordinarily moist. Don’t be afraid of the cinnamon swirl, either! I know it seems like a gratuitous amount to be sprinkling around, but it’s delicious, I promise.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

For the bread:

3-4 over-ripe bananas, smooshed up (I used 4, for extreme moistness)

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar (I think I used more like 3/4 cup)

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

dash of salt

1 1/2 cups flour

For the swirl:

1/3 cup sugar

1 Tbs cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and four a loaf pan. Mine was 9 x 5, but you could use any sort, I suppose. Just keep a close eye on it in the oven, and adjust the time as needed

Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together. sprinkle baking soda and salt around on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour. Be careful not to over-mix!

In a small dish, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbs cinnamon.

Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, but remember, if you’re using a different-sized loaf pan, be careful and keep a close eyeball on it!



28 responses

25 01 2010

I made this today and it was so good! thank you for the recipe!

25 01 2010

mmm can’t wait to try this out. I’m all about cinnamon!!

25 01 2010

I love cinnamon anything! This bread looks amazing!

25 01 2010
Dawn Hutchins

I will have to try the cinnamon swirl in my next banana bread. Yours looks so moist and delish!

26 01 2010

Jackie, I’m so glad you liked it! I love how easy the banana bread recipe is.

I think adding the swirl to just about any quick bread would be good (well, any quick bread, that is, that goes with cinnamon!). Ohhh, I wonder how it would be in some sort of chocolate bread? Yum!

28 02 2010
Mel Daniels

DELICIOUS!! Made it twice this week. My daughter’s boss at the food market sent her home with over ripe bananas and a plea for another loaf.

2 03 2010
RJ Hurst

Mel, I’m so glad to hear that! I have a freezer full of over ripe bananas that I need to use. I should make another loaf. You’ve inspired me!

2 03 2010

Oops! I was just logged in as my husband. :) Mel, I’m glad to hear the bread is good to other people, too!

20 03 2010

wow looks amazing … i have two left hands at baking but will attempt this !!

24 03 2010

Oh. My. God. Cannot wait to try this.

8 04 2010
C and C Dish

This looks really good…can’t wait to try it! Gotta get me some ripe banana’s soon:)

19 05 2010

I made this bread last night and WOW is it good!!! Best banana bread I ever tasted! I even brought some to work with me today and it lasted all of 10 seconds! haha.. It is a big hit. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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I’m so happy that people are enjoying this as much as I am! I love how simple the banana bread recipe is.

25 09 2010

I am about to try substituting canned pumpkin for some of the banana! If it works, I will let you all know!

8 12 2010

This is making me hungry.

8 12 2010

Great stuff. I am getting hungry just thinking about it.

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