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Brown sugar cinnamon banana bread

 In Baked Goods, Cakes, Dessert, Recipes, Snacks

Classic banana bread spiced up with cinnamon and soft brown sugar delivers a loaf so good, you won’t be able to stop at just one slice. Guaranteed!

Brown sugar cinnamon banana bread
Baking banana bread is one of my ultimate things to do. I absolutely love every moment of making banana bread. From the moment I spot the browning bananas in the fruit bowl, I get excited because I know a good loaf of banana bread is in my future. From measuring out the ingredients to lovingly mixing them together to the scent of cinnamon-brown sugary-banana magic filling the house, every banana bread I bake brings happiness to my home.

Brown sugar cinnamon banana breadMy classic banana bread recipe is the one I tend to make the most but this past weekend I had a huge amount of bananas needing to be turned into a glorious loaf but I wanted to spice it up a little. Literally. I was craving the comfort of cinnamon and added a good dash of that to the batter along with soft, sticky brown sugar. The brown sugar gave the finished banana bread the most incredibly caramelly flavour and honestly, I might be making my banana breads exclusively with brown sugar from now on. I also added a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon to the top of the  bread and that added a lovely crunchy element. Just delicious.


Brown sugar cinnamon banana bread

Brown sugar cinnamon banana bread
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Classic banana bread spiced up with cinnamon and soft brown sugar delivers a loaf so good, you won't be able to stop at just one slice. Guaranteed!
Recipe type: Baking, Dessert, Sweets, Banana bread
Serves: 1 standard banana bread
  • 125g butter, room temperature
  • 200g brown sugar (I used muscavado sugar)
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 6 (approximately 350g) large bananas (the blacker they are, the better)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 250g flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
for the topping
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºc and grease and line a standard loaf tin (approx 20cmx12cm) with baking paper.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy then add the eggs one a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add the bananas and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Sift together the dry ingredients and stir into the batter.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf tin.
  6. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and sprinkle over the banana bread.
  7. Place the tin in the oven and allow to bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.

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  • Gail

    I made this banana bread today and it the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever tried. It is so moist and flavorsome. I seriously can’t stop eating it. Thanks so much for this recipe.

    • Alida Ryder

      That’s so great to hear Gail. I have to be honest, it’s the only recipe I use lately and I have two loaves in the oven using up some soft bananas that were lurking in my fruit bowl as we speak. 🙂

  • Karen

    Plain or self raising flour?

    • Alida Ryder

      I used plain but if you want to use self raising, halve the amount of raising agent used.

  • Emily

    What degrees should this bread be baked at? I see you put 180 and I tried the 180 for 40 min and it’s hardly warm so I just bumped it up to 350 hoping it will bake.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Alida Ryder

      Hi Emily. The temperature is 180 degrees Celsius and that is around 359 Fahrenheit so your loaf should be perfect.

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci

    You can never go wrong with banana bread and this loaf looks so delicious!

  • Sweet Coralice

    How gorgeous! I love banana bread and this brown sugar cinnamon flavor fest is exactly what I need to make this weekend with my left over bananas 🙂

  • Sam

    Looks delicious!

  • Camilla

    Thick slices of warm banana bread spread with butter is still my favourite snack. My mom used to bake banana bread all the time when I was a child and I have never baked it myself. Maybe it’s time that changed. ?

    • Alida Ryder

      Definitely! Once you start baking banana bread, you won’t be able to stop! There is nothing as satisfying.

  • Jordan

    Who doesn’t love banana bread? I never add cinnamon to mine but you’ve just convinced me!

    • Alida Ryder

      Let me know what you think of the cinnamon! 🙂

  • Barbara

    I love the look of this bread. I make banana bread every week with our soft bananas and this week I’ll be trying your version!

  • Reply

    I know I won’t be able to stop at one slice! It looks delicious Alida! Banana bread is always a favorite at our house!

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