Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread – Sally’s Baking Dependancy

Each slice of this cinnamon swirl banana bread incorporates a moist crumb, plenty of banana taste, and a thick ribbon of cinnamon sugar swirled via the middle. Prime with a easy vanilla icing to show this fast bread into a pleasant dessert-like deal with.

overhead photo of banana bread with icing drizzled on top.

You understand I like an excellent cinnamon sugar swirl. (I imply, have you ever tried this selfmade cinnamon swirl bread?? Put it in your Baking Bucket Record!) Whereas I additionally love an excellent crumb streusel topping, there’s simply one thing additional particular about slicing right into a espresso cake or a chai spice Bundt cake and discovering a surprise-inside layer of cinnamon-sugar.

Banana bread isn’t any exception.

Reader Erin commented: “I usually make your ‘Greatest Ever Banana Bread‘ recipe, however determined to strive one thing new yesterday—my household thanks you, Sally!!!! The loaf is gone. 2 teenage boys and my husband standing on the counter devouring this bread is kind of the testomony to how a lot taste is on this bread. All of them cherished the cinnamon swirl within the center—plus I sprinkled extra on the highest throughout baking. Everybody’s ready for the bunch of bananas on our counter to ripen for the subsequent loaf!!!! ★★★★★”

What You’ll Love About This Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

  • A scrumptious mash-up of my super-popular banana bread and cinnamon swirl fast bread recipes
  • Fast and straightforward to make
  • Candy flavors of banana, vanilla, and cinnamon sugar
  • Cake-like texture stays moist for days
  • Glorious use for over-ripe bananas; or you may thaw frozen bananas
  • Further scrumptious with creamy vanilla icing
  • A fantastic deal with any time of day
  • Freezes nicely, so make forward and inventory your freezer for banana bread emergencies!
cinnamon swirl banana bread slices on wooden loaf cutting board.

At this time’s recipe was initially printed in 2012, and the predecessor of my unique banana bread recipe. Due to the added richness and sweetness within the glaze and cinnamon-sugar ribbon, I don’t use fairly as a lot sugar and butter within the bread itself. I often obtain a number of questions on substitutions, so let me overview a number of the key elements you want and why.

Key Elements You Want & Why

  • Flour: I usually use all-purpose flour on this recipe, however I’ve made it with complete wheat flour occasionally… and it’s nonetheless unbelievable. So for those who’d like to incorporate some complete grain in your bread, go forward and use complete wheat flour with no different adjustments within the recipe wanted. (Like a richer, sweeter model of my wholesome complete wheat banana bread!)
  • Floor Cinnamon: We’re utilizing cinnamon within the banana bread batter in addition to the cinnamon swirl.
  • Sugar: You want common white granulated sugar for the cinnamon swirl, so you may go forward and use that within the bread as nicely. If you happen to’d like, be at liberty to make use of brown sugar within the bread batter as a substitute.
  • Butter: You want 4 Tablespoons (1/2 a stick, or 57g) of butter for this loaf. The bread bakes up moist and tender from the Greek yogurt, bananas, and cinnamon swirl, so there actually isn’t any want for extra butter.
  • Ripe Bananas: You want about 3 giant bananas or 4 medium bananas—and the riper, the higher. You should use thawed frozen bananas, too. See Methods to Freeze & Thaw Bananas for Baking.
  • Plain Yogurt: Common or Greek, any fats share. If you happen to don’t have yogurt, you may substitute bitter cream.
flour, butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla, baking soda, bananas, eggs, and other ingredients on wooden backdrop.

The batter comes collectively simply. I often use my electrical mixer to mash bananas, however a fork or potato masher work too. Since this batter requires creamed butter and sugar, I often mash up the bananas first, take away them from the bowl, then add the butter and sugar to cream. (I don’t even clear out the bowl—no want.)

Anticipate a thick batter:

yellow bread batter in glass mixing bowl with red rubber spatula.

Create a Stunning Cinnamon Swirl in Your Banana Bread

You want 2 elements for the cinnamon swirl, and each are used within the banana bread batter: granulated sugar and cinnamon. I don’t use fairly as a lot cinnamon swirl as my cinnamon swirl fast bread, and that’s principally as a result of there’s a number of taste within the banana bread itself. (The common cinnamon swirl bread doesn’t have that different taste, you understand?)

To assemble the swirl, layer half of the banana batter right into a greased loaf pan. There’s about 3 and 1/2 cups of batter. It doesn’t should be excellent, so simply eyeball the quantity. Prime with all the cinnamon sugar. Gently unfold the remaining batter on prime. Utilizing a knife, make a big swirl down the middle of the pan. Keep away from over-swirling as a result of then you definitely’ll wind up with cinnamon banana bread, minus a swirl.

This is identical manner we swirl apple cinnamon bread. It’s very easy, so no have to over-complicate it!

spoon sprinkling cinnamon sugar over batter in loaf pan and batter shown again swirled with a knife.

After baking, cool the bread utterly utilizing the detailed recipe directions beneath. After the bread cools, drizzle your complete loaf with vanilla icing.

It’s possible you’ll be asking, “Is vanilla icing actually mandatory right here?” And the reply is sure, vanilla icing is all the time mandatory. 😉

Vanilla Icing

The vanilla icing beneath is my common vanilla icing recipe, solely halved. You don’t want a lot. Seize some confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream or milk, and a bit vanilla extract, and whisk all of it collectively. Drizzle over the bread earlier than serving.

close-up photo of slices of cinnamon swirl banana bread with icing on top.

Slice and simply wait till the iced banana bread reveals its inside magnificence: the beautiful cinnamon ribbon hiding inside. LOVE!

banana bread slice with cinnamon swirl and vanilla icing on top sitting on wire rack on cutting board.


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Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

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  • Prep Time:

  • Prepare dinner Time:
    55 minutes

  • Complete Time:
    3 hours

  • Yield:
    1 loaf

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Get pleasure from tremendous moist and flavorful banana bread swirled with a thick layer of cinnamon-sugar and topped with a dreamy drizzle of vanilla icing. This is sort of a dessert model of traditional banana bread.

Banana Bread

Cinnamon Swirl

Vanilla Icing


  1. Modify the oven rack to the decrease third place and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Reducing the oven rack prevents the highest of your bread from browning an excessive amount of, too quickly. Grease a metal 9×5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray. Put aside.
  2. Make the banana bread batter: Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt collectively in a medium bowl. Put aside.
  3. Utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter and sugar collectively on excessive velocity till easy and creamy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer operating on medium velocity, add the eggs one after the other, beating nicely after every addition. Then beat within the mashed bananas, yogurt, and vanilla extract till mixed. With the mixer operating on low velocity, slowly beat the dry elements into the moist elements till no flour pockets stay. Don’t over-mix. You’ll have round 3 and 1/2 cups of batter.
  4. Cinnamon Sugar Swirl: Combine the sugar and cinnamon collectively. Spoon half of the banana bread batter into ready loaf pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar combination. Pour and unfold remaining batter on prime. The highest layer of batter will need to keep on with the cinnamon-sugar filling, making spreading a bit harder to do, however use a spoon to rigorously unfold it out as finest you may. Utilizing a knife, swirl the batter down the middle of the loaf pan. Keep away from over-swirling, which is able to combine the layers collectively an excessive amount of.
  5. Bake for 55–65 minutes, ensuring to loosely cowl the bread with aluminum foil midway via to stop the highest from getting too brown. The bread is finished when a toothpick inserted within the heart comes out clear with just a few small moist crumbs. All ovens differ, so start checking each 5 minutes across the 55-minute mark.
  6. Take away bread from the oven and permit the bread to chill within the pan set on a wire rack for 1 hour. Take away bread from the pan and funky bread instantly on the wire rack till cooled utterly.
  7. Whisk the icing elements collectively. (I often use heavy cream, which guarantees a thick icing.) Drizzle over bread earlier than slicing.
  8. Cowl and retailer banana bread at room temperature for two days or within the fridge for as much as 1 week. Icing seeps into the highest of the banana bread over time, so anticipate the tops of the slices to change into a bit additional moist.


  1. Freezing Directions: It’s finest to freeze this bread with out the icing, and ice the bread after thawing and earlier than serving. Freeze baked & cooled loaf for as much as 3 months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge. If desired, carry to room temperature earlier than serving. To be taught extra particulars about easy methods to freeze fast breads, see my put up referred to as Make-Forward Baking.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Whisk | Electrical Mixer (Stand Mixer or Handheld) | Loaf Pan | Cooling Rack
  3. Can I Use Complete Wheat Flour? Sure, you may change the all-purpose flour with complete wheat flour with no different adjustments wanted.
  4. Butter: If wanted, you need to use salted butter on this recipe with no different adjustments wanted.
  5. Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins: Use this banana bread recipe to make 2 dozen cinnamon swirl banana bread muffins. Pour the batter into lined or greased muffin pans and bake for five minutes at 425°F (218°C); then, maintaining the muffins within the oven, scale back the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an extra 16–17 minutes or till a toothpick inserted within the heart comes out clear. The full bake time for the banana bread muffins is about 22–23 minutes. The preliminary burst of scorching air helps these muffins rise good and tall! Or strive my banana chocolate chip streusel muffins. (Be happy to go away out the chocolate chips in that recipe.)
  6. No Bitter Cream or Yogurt? Be happy to make use of 1/3 cup mashed banana (along with the 1 and 1/2 cups), unsweetened applesauce, and even canned pumpkin puree.
  7. Frozen Bananas: You should use frozen bananas right here. Thaw the frozen bananas. Drain off any extra liquid, mash, then use as instructed within the recipe. See Methods to Freeze & Thaw Bananas for Baking. Attempt to not mash an excessive amount of or else you’ll be left with 2 cups of banana-y liquid; some chunks are nice.
  8. Can I Flip This Into Banana Bundt Cake? There isn’t sufficient batter. I like to recommend utilizing my extraordinarily related, scaled-up recipe for chocolate marble banana Bundt cake as a substitute. You may pass over the chocolate swirl in that recipe, and change with 2/3 cup (135g) granulated sugar blended with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon.

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