Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread – Sally’s Baking Habit

Each slice of this cinnamon swirl banana bread encompasses a moist crumb, numerous banana taste, and a thick ribbon of cinnamon sugar swirled by means of the middle. High 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 already know I really like a great cinnamon sugar swirl. (I imply, have you ever tried this home made cinnamon swirl bread?? Put it in your Baking Bucket Listing!) Whereas I additionally love a great 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 sort 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 following 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 simple to make
  • Candy flavors of banana, vanilla, and cinnamon sugar
  • Cake-like texture stays moist for days
  • Wonderful use for over-ripe bananas; or you’ll be able to thaw frozen bananas
  • Further scrumptious with creamy vanilla icing
  • A fantastic deal with any time of day
  • Freezes properly, so make forward and inventory your freezer for banana bread emergencies!
cinnamon swirl banana bread slices on wooden loaf cutting board.

At present’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 normally obtain a variety of questions on substitutions, so let me assessment among the key substances you want and why.

Key Substances You Want & Why

  • Flour: I sometimes use all-purpose flour on this recipe, however I’ve made it with entire wheat flour every now and then… and it’s nonetheless unbelievable. So in the event you’d like to incorporate some entire grain in your bread, go forward and use entire wheat flour with no different modifications within the recipe wanted. (Like a richer, sweeter model of my wholesome entire 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’ll be able to go forward and use that within the bread as properly. In case you’d like, be at liberty to make use of brown sugar within the bread batter as an alternative.
  • 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 utilize thawed frozen bananas, too. See Easy methods to Freeze & Thaw Bananas for Baking.
  • Plain Yogurt: Common or Greek, any fats proportion. In case you don’t have yogurt, you’ll be able to substitute bitter cream.
flour, butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla, baking soda, bananas, eggs, and other ingredients on wooden backdrop.

The batter comes collectively simply. I normally use my electrical mixer to mash bananas, however a fork or potato masher work too. Since this batter requires creamed butter and sugar, I normally 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.)

Count on a thick batter:

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

Create a Lovely Cinnamon Swirl in Your Banana Bread

You want 2 substances 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 largely as a result of there’s a variety of taste within the banana bread itself. (The common cinnamon swirl bread doesn’t have that different taste, you already know?)

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 need to be excellent, so simply eyeball the quantity. High with all the cinnamon sugar. Gently unfold the remaining batter on high. Utilizing a knife, make a big swirl down the middle of the pan. Keep away from over-swirling as a result of you then’ll wind up with cinnamon banana bread, minus a swirl.

This is identical means 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 fully utilizing the detailed recipe directions under. After the bread cools, drizzle your entire loaf with vanilla icing.

Chances are you’ll be asking, “Is vanilla icing actually obligatory right here?” And the reply is sure, vanilla icing is all the time obligatory. 😉

Vanilla Icing

The vanilla icing under is my common vanilla icing recipe, solely halved. You don’t want a lot. Seize some confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream or milk, and just a little 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 interior magnificence: the gorgeous 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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banana bread slice with cinnamon swirl and vanilla icing on top sitting on wire rack on cutting board.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

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  • Prep Time:

  • Cook 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 basic banana bread.

Banana Bread

Cinnamon Swirl

Vanilla Icing


  1. Regulate 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 pace till clean and creamy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer working on medium pace, add the eggs one after the other, beating properly after every addition. Then beat within the mashed bananas, yogurt, and vanilla extract till mixed. With the mixer working on low pace, slowly beat the dry substances into the moist substances 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 high. The highest layer of batter will need to keep on with the cinnamon-sugar filling, making spreading just a little harder to do, however use a spoon to fastidiously unfold it out as greatest you’ll be able to. 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 by means of to forestall the highest from getting too brown. The bread is completed 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 immediately on the wire rack till cooled fully.
  7. Whisk the icing substances collectively. (I normally 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 just a little additional moist.


  1. Freezing Directions: It’s greatest 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, deliver to room temperature earlier than serving. To study extra particulars about methods to freeze fast breads, see my publish 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’ll be able to change the all-purpose flour with entire wheat flour with no different modifications wanted.
  4. Butter: If wanted, you should utilize salted butter on this recipe with no different modifications 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, preserving the muffins within the oven, cut 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 at liberty to go away out the chocolate chips in that recipe.)
  6. No Bitter Cream or Yogurt? Be at liberty 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 utilize frozen bananas right here. Thaw the frozen bananas. Drain off any extra liquid, mash, then use as instructed within the recipe. See Easy 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 comparable, scaled-up recipe for chocolate marble banana Bundt cake as an alternative. You possibly can miss the chocolate swirl in that recipe, and change with 2/3 cup (135g) granulated sugar combined with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon.

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