When the work Thanksgiving lunch popped up on my calendar, I panicked. People had already signed up for the easy items— desserts, drinks, plates, napkins. All that was left was the main dish, a few veggie options, and bread.
Well I could guarantee I wasn’t bringing the main dish. I can make some veggie dishes, but I’m not quite confident in my cooking abilities yet. So…bread.
For a few days I strongly considered bringing in Jim ‘N Nicks cheesy biscuits and claiming them as my own. But then I remembered I work for a Christian company, and lying about that probably wasn’t the best move.
So… bread. Thank goodness for Pinterest. I found this recipe from Lovin’ From the Oven, so all credit goes back there! I doubled this recipe to make two 9×5 loaves, so the recipe I’m posting is the doubled version!
Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 Minutes
Serving Size: Two 9×5-inch loaves (approximately 20 slices total)
- 6 over-ripe bananas, mashed
- 2/3 cup melted butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- dash of salt
- 3 cups flour
For the swirl:
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a loaf pan.
- Mix mashed bananas, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla together. Sprinkle baking soda and salt on top of the banana mixture. Gently stir in flour. (I used a flour sifter to mix mine in.)
- In a small dish, mix together the 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.
- Add one layer of batter to each loaf pan. Sprinkle a generous amount of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add second layer of batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top. (Make sure you use even amounts of batter in each pan!)
- Bake for 50-60 minutes. Mine took about 50 minutes.
- Let bread cool before serving. Enjoy!