Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Bananas... we go threw phases where I can't keep enough in the house and other times when noses turn up at them and I've got a bunch of black ones on my hands.  When that happens, I toss them in the freezer for banana bread at a later date.  Banana bread has been the top request for breakfast for almost a week now so it was perfect timing when I saw Money Saving Mom's post on freezer cooking last week.
I made a few changes to the original recipe, so here is my version:
For the bread:
  • 3 over-ripe bananas, smashed up
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup multi-grain  flour (I find this replaces white flour)
For the swirl:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with Pam.
  2. Blend bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together and sprinkle the baking soda and salt on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Top off with the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.
  5. Bake for 40-60 minutes.
  6. Enjoy warm!
Basically, I reduced the sugar and butter originally called for and used healthier flour.  Next time, I will only use 1/8 cup of sugar for the swirl and not bother putting it on top as most of that fell off when I cut it.  It was a big hit, the 6 of us polished off the whole loaf for breakfast this morning!!!
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Now, before you go off looking for black bananas, be sure to hop over to The T-Shirt Diaries and vote for week one of this fun contest.  First up was a wild card and I'm already hard at work on next week's project, I just hope I make it to week 2!!!!!  You can vote once every 24 hours!

Peace be with you,


Robin Neorr said...

Good luck in the contest. I love what you entered!

Jill said...

Oh I love banana bread! not surprised it was gone in one go - looks very tasty!
Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

yum! Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday. Do you think apples would work in place of bananas? Bananas make me feel yucky {ever since my pregnancies, weird, I know}...but what do you think? Do you freezer cook a lot? I do....it's so nice!

Patti said...

This looks yummy!

Marriage from Scratch said...


This is great! I would love it if you come by and link this up at From Scratch Friday tomorrow @ Marriage from Scratch!


Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Yummy! Looks great! Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

Melanie www.bearrabbitbear.com

Not Your Ordinary Agent said...

Anything with cinnamon in it is tasty to me! Please link up to Foodie Friday

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe at Potpourri Friday!

Lynnie said...

Whaaaaaaaa? You reduced the butter???? How could you? Just kidding. I should probably be doing a lot more butter reducing myself. Looks delish!

Maria said...

Hmmm this sounds delicious! And I love that you used multi grain flour, the healthier the better! Bananas, cinnamon... hmm sounds delicious!

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