Banana Bread With Cinnamon Swirl


Today, I’m diving headfirst into the world of baking, and we’re talking about a classic favorite: banana bread. But hold on to your aprons, folks, because we’re not just making any old banana bread. Nope! We’re taking it up a notch by adding a delightful cinnamon swirl to this already fantastic treat. Let’s get this banana party started!

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty of this recipe, let me share a little backstory. You see, I’ve always been a fan of banana bread. It’s like a warm, loving hug from your grandma, but in food form. And one day, as I was munching on a slice of the regular stuff, it hit me – why not kick it up a notch? So, I started experimenting, and voilà! The banana bread with a cinnamon swirl was born.

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How to Make Banana Bread with Cinnamon Swirl

Step 1: Gather Your Troops

First things first, let’s gather our ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 ripe bananas (the spottier, the better!)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Step 2: Mash Those Bananas

Take those ripe bananas and mash ’em up real good. Think of it as stress relief therapy for your bananas. The more mashed, the merrier!

Step 3: Mix, Mix, Mix!

In a separate bowl, mix that melted butter with the mashed bananas. Then, toss in the baking soda and the pinch of salt. Stir it all up like you’re making a whirlpool in your kitchen sink.

Step 4: Add Sugar, Egg, and Vanilla

Next up, add the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract to the banana-butter concoction. Give it another whirl till it’s all nicely combined. Your kitchen should already smell amazing at this point.

Step 5: Fold in the Flour

Now, it’s time for the flour. Don’t go crazy here; just fold it in gently until the mixture looks, well, like banana bread batter.

Cinnamon Swirl Time!

Here’s where the magic happens:

Step 6: Create the Cinnamon Swirl

In a separate bowl (because why not make more dishes, right?), mix together 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon. Sprinkle some of this mixture into your banana bread batter, and swirl it around with a knife. Do it several times to get that lovely cinnamon ribbon throughout.

Step 7: Bake to Perfection

Pour your banana bread batter into a greased loaf pan. Then, take the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture and sprinkle it generously on top. Pop it into the oven at 350°F (175°C) and let it bake for about 60 minutes. The aroma in your kitchen will be torture, but it’s worth the wait.

Step 8: The Toothpick Test

Stick a toothpick in the middle of your banana bread. If it comes out clean, congrats, you’re done! If not, give it a few more minutes in the oven.

Step 9: Cool and Enjoy

Let your banana bread cool down a bit (if you can resist). Then, slice it up and enjoy. It’s moist, it’s sweet, it’s got that irresistible cinnamon swirl – perfection on a plate!

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Speedy Banana Ripening

Now, let’s talk about a little banana emergency. You’re craving banana bread, but your bananas are as green as a soccer field. No worries! Here’s how to ripen them in a jiffy:

Grab those green bananas, place ’em on a baking sheet, and pop ’em in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for about 15-20 minutes. They’ll turn that lovely spotty yellow, ready to fulfill their banana bread destiny.


Okay, folks, let’s be real – your banana bread won’t last long. But just in case you want to savor it, here’s what you do:

Wrap it up in plastic wrap or foil, and keep it at room temperature for a day or two. If you need to stash it away for longer, toss it in the fridge. Just zap it in the microwave for a few seconds when you’re ready for another slice of heaven.

Extra Tips

Now, let me share some tips to take your banana bread game to the next level:

  1. Go Spotty: Ripe bananas are your best friends for maximum flavor.
  2. Butter vs. Oil: I use butter for that rich flavor, but oil works too if you want a super moist bread.
  3. Add Nuts or Chocolate Chips: Go wild and toss in some chopped nuts or chocolate chips for extra pizzazz.
  4. Don’t Overmix: Seriously, treat your batter gently. Overmixing can lead to tough bread.
  5. Cinnamon Swirl Magic: Don’t skip this step! It’s the star of the show.

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Making banana bread with a cinnamon swirl, my friends, isn’t just about food – it’s about creating moments and memories in the kitchen. So whip up a batch, and share the love (and the slices) with your family and friends.

Thanks for joining me on this culinary adventure, and remember: Life is short, eat dessert first! Happy baking!

banana bread with cinnamon swirl

Banana Bread With Cinnamon Swirl

Satisfy your cravings with our tantalizing banana bread featuring a divine cinnamon swirl. Get ready to savor the perfect blend of flavors!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Servings 10


For the Banana Bread:

  • 2 to 3 ripe bananas the spottier, the better!
  • 1/3 cup 76g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup 150g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups 180g all-purpose flour

For the Cinnamon Swirl:

  • 1/4 cup 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


Preparing the Banana Bread Batter

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease your loaf pan with a bit of butter or cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, peel the ripe bananas and mash them thoroughly with a fork or a potato masher until they're smooth. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, melt the unsalted butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. Let it cool slightly.
  • Add the mashed bananas to the melted butter and stir well.
  • Sprinkle the baking soda and a pinch of salt over the banana-butter mixture, stirring it well. Allow it to sit for 2 minutes; it will start to bubble up.
  • Stir in the granulated sugar until it's fully combined with the mixture.
  • Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract, and mix until everything is well incorporated.
  • Gradually fold in the all-purpose flour until no streaks of flour remain, but be careful not to overmix. The batter should be just combined.

Creating the Cinnamon Swirl

  • Mix the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl to create your cinnamon swirl mixture. Set it aside.

Assembling and Baking

  • Pour half of the banana bread batter into your greased loaf pan.
  • Sprinkle about half of the cinnamon swirl mixture evenly over the batter in the pan.
  • Pour the remaining banana bread batter over the cinnamon swirl layer.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon swirl mixture on top.
  • Take a butter knife and gently swirl it through the batter to create a marbled effect. Don't overdo it; a few swirls will do.
  • Place the loaf pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 60 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the bread; it should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs when it's done.

Cooling and Serving

  • Once the banana bread is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes.
  • After it has cooled slightly, run a knife around the edges to loosen it from the pan and then carefully remove the bread from the pan. Place it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, slice and serve! Enjoy your homemade banana bread with a delectable cinnamon swirl.

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