I had a birthday party for two on the 8th. I turned 25, and the boy and I celebrated with mulled wine, the walking dead, paneer curry…and cake.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread {Warm Vanilla Sugar}

Ohhhh the cake. It had a toasted marshmallow frosting, a delightful spiced sweet potato based cake and cinnamon brown sugar buttercream. Everything was going splendidly until, seemingly out of nowhere, I broke my buttercream.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread {Warm Vanilla Sugar}

This will forever be entitled “My 25th: Broken Buttercream Birthday”. Now that’s just not pretty, but it WAS tasty. Like out of this world good.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread {Warm Vanilla Sugar}

Another delicious thing I made on my birthday was this banana bread. With swirls of cinnamon and sugar throughout this bread it’ll make you think you’re eating a dessert! I love all kinds of banana bread, but this one is definitely one of my favorites.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread {Warm Vanilla Sugar}

For other banana bread recipes see my:
Banana Sweet Potato Bread
Swirly Nutella Banana Bread
Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Banana Bread Pancakes

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: One 9x5-inch loaf


  • 3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • For the cinnamon swirl:
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Butter and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the mashed bananas, melted butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt. Gently add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, until just combined (be careful not to over-mix!).
  4. In a small dish, mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the swirl.
  5. Add 1/2 of the batter to the prepared loaf pan and then sprinkle 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.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.


Recipe adapted from Lovin' From the Oven

Store bread wrapped tightly in plastic wrap in the refrigerator (covered) for up to 5 days.


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20 Responses to Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

  1. Barbara says:

    Oooh…I’m going to do that too! That cinnamon-sugar crunchyness on the top looks soo goood!!

  2. looks amazing! wish i could have a slice now 🙂

  3. Ahu says:

    This looks amazing and fairly simple! Great way to use up bananas!

  4. Aggie says:

    Mmmm I can just smell this from here! Love that pic of the sliced loaf!

  5. I love that cinnamon swirl! Love this banana bread!

  6. Love love love, the perfect bread to add to my cookie gift tins this holiday. Thanks!

  7. I’m always up for a new banana bread – yum!

  8. I want to dive right in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I love how rustic and homey the loaf looks.

  10. I have a few bananas turning. I know exactly what to do now! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    Happy Birthday! this loaf sounds incredible!

  12. Sorry about the broken buttercream – it happens to the best of us! This bread looks absolutely delicious, by the way – YUM!

  13. I love banana bread! Your version with the cinnamon layer looks incredible. I’ll have to try this the next time I have some extra bananas 🙂

  14. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) says:

    Oh my heavens! That crunch cinnamon-sugar topping! Must. Make. Happy holidays!

  15. I love banana bread! This recipe looks quite easy and so so yummy! The cinnamon-sugar mixture is such a great idea! I bet it adds that nice extra touch to the recipe. 🙂
    I’ll try it for sure! Happy Holidays!

  16. Banana bread is one of our favorites! cinnamon sugar seems like a compelling addition. Will keep in mind for the next bake.
    Katrina, Cheers to your 25th and Happy Holidays!

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