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Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

I know that I just gave you a quick bread last week, but this bread is way different (but just as easy!). The last one was savory where this one is sweet. I ate the last one with dinner and then would have this for dessert. I think you get the picture. One can never have too much bread in the house. Plus I had bought a huge bunch of bananas from Costco and needed to make something with the overripe ones.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

I found this banana bread on Sally’s Baking Addiction, which is a great site. Her site is actually what inspired me to begin my own blog. I know I should keep you here, but it’s worth taking a look at all her delicious recipes. Alright! That’s enough about Sally. Now focus on this bread which is very moist and perfect right out of the oven. The sweetness is mostly concentrated in the cinnamon sugar swirl that runs through the middle. I liked this bread just plain, but my boyfriend would heat it up and add ice cream on top. Of course, he likes to add ice cream to just about anything.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

One of the things that drew me to this recipe was that it only took half a stick of butter and used greek yogurt. I’m a sucker for adding greek yogurt to recipes because it ups the calcium and protein content, while the flavor just blends into the recipe and no one’s the wiser that what they’re eating has been healthified. Yeah…I just made that up. It really should be a verb. If you have bananas in the house, make it now. If not, get some bananas, let them ripen, and then make it. The riper the bananas the sweeter the bread will be.

 

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

  Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
 
Prep Time: 10 mins Bake Time: 40-45 mins Total Time: 55 mins
Makes: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients:
2 cups of whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 and 1/2 cups of mashed bananas, I used about 3 medium sized ones
1/3 cup of greek yogurt
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
 
Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350º F and grease a 9x5 bread pan.

2) Using a medium sized mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

3) In a different bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time.

4) Once the eggs are mixed in, add the bananas, yogurt, and vanilla.

5) Slowly add in the dry mixture making sure to not overmix.

6) Mix the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with the granulated sugar in a small bowl.
     Spoon half the batter into the bread pan and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
     Add the remaining batter to the pan.

7) Bake for 40-45 minutes. Bread will be done when a toothpick comes out clean.

8) Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and set on a wire rack to continue cooling.

 

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