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. Shall we get started?

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread {Warm Vanilla Sugar}

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a loaf pan (mine was 9 x 5). Mash those ripe bananas.

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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!

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In a small dish, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbs cinnamon. This stuff makes me giddy.

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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.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread {Warm Vanilla Sugar}

Bake for 50-60 minutes and keep a close eye on it!

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread {Warm Vanilla Sugar}

Let cool on a rack and dig in!

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
Makes 1 loaf
Recipe lightly adapted from Love in the Oven

Ingredients:
3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour

For the swirl:
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour 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!

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

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

  14. 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 :)

  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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