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Cinnamon Banana Bread

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4.9 from 25 reviews

  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf


This cinnamon banana bread has a ribbon of cinnamon sugar swirled throughout with a crisp sugar crust on top! It’s also so moist, so soft, and loaded with sweet ripe bananas.


Cinnamon Banana Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups (395g) ripe and mashed banana (about 3 large bananas, but still measure!)
  • 2 cups (264g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (55g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease and line a 9×5 loaf pan. Place a strip of parchment paper along the width of the pan so it’s easy to lift out once baked.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, sugars and butter until well combined. 
  4. Whisk in the eggs, vanilla and sour cream. 
  5. Pour in the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to fold to combine.
  6. Off to the side in a small dish, combine the cinnamon sugar.
  7. Pour 1/2 of the banana bread batter into the pan and spread it even. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar on top then spoon the remaining batter on top. Spread it even and sprinkle on the rest of the cinnamon sugar. 
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean with a few moist crumbs. The loaf should appear puffed with a golden sugar crust and large cracks on the surface.
  9. Let the bread cool in the pan for about 20-30 minutes then lift it out and slice. It’s best to serve warm, but it’s delicious at any temperature! Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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