Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

This recipe is so delicious and so easy … I just had to share.

I discovered the recipe via Pinterest ~ the pin lead me to two recipes. One from Lovin’ from the Oven and another at Sandwich Hoss. Both recipes are so similar … and I adapted mine ever so slightly.

The difference between this recipe and my all time favorite banana nut muffin recipe … is the cinnamon sugar in the batter and atop the batter.

After baking, you’ll get a gorgeous sugary crunch just waiting for you.

Followed by a terrific smiley swirl inside. It’s yummy. I had a taste, then chased the rest of the loaf out the door with Sara to share with her Young Life buddies.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

3 over-ripe bananas * 1/3 c melted butter * 3/4 c sugar * 1 egg, beaten * 1 1/2 t vanilla * 1 t baking soda * dash of salt * 1 1/2 c flour 

Swirl topping:  1/4 cup sugar * 1 T cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9 x 5 pan with shortening.  Mash bananas with a fork. Add butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Gently, stir in flour, soda and salt.

In separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 T cinnamon. Add two thirds of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle more than half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.

Bake 45-60 minutes. I pulled my loaf out around 55 minutes. Check with a knife to ensure that it’s baked all the way through.


thoughts on work, baking, and being home … “When I was baking I realized sometimes we forget that the things we have to do – are actually things we want to do. Like baking. And laundry. And watering thirsty plants.”

thoughts on being busy … “Isn’t it funny how the word ‘busy’ seems to suck the life out of the realization that much of what we’re busy doing is managing the innumerable blessings in our life?”