Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls


What do you get when you combine banana bread with cinnamon rolls? These incredible Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls! A cinnamon roll and banana bread in one, how could these not be good? Then when they are slathered generously with cream cheese frosting and finished off with toasted nuts, all I can say is wow yum! This is breakfast done right. Enjoy and be sure to eat them warm.

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Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

The tempting flavor of cinnamon rolls meets the deliciousness of banana bread for an unforgettable breakfast treat!

Servings: 12
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 3 medium overripe bananas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used whole)
  • 3 Tbsp butter , diced
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 3/4 cups bread flour , divided
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 6 Tbsp butter , melted
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting , recipe follows
  • toasted walnuts or pecans , chopped (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 oz . cream cheese , softened
  • 6 Tbsp butter , softened
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 - 3 tsp milk


  1. Puree bananas in a food processor along with 1 tsp lemon juice until mixture is smooth and no chunks remain, set aside (you should have just over 1 1/3 cups pureed bananas).
  2. Heat milk and 3 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Cook stirring occasionally until butter has melted. Remove from heat and pour mixture into the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Whisk in vegetable oil and allow mixture to cool to 110 degrees. Whisk in yeast, stirring until dissolved and allow mixture to rest 5 minutes. 
  3. With the paddle attachment, mix in granulated sugar, salt, egg yolk, 2 cups bread flour and pureed bananas. Switch mixer to a hook attachment, add 1 1/2 cups bread flour and sprinkle in cornstarch, then knead mixture on medium low speed until a smooth and elastic dough forms (dough will be sticky). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise to until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together light-brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside.
  5. In a separate small bowl, whisk together remaining 1/4 cup bread flour and baking powder. Return bowl with dough to electric stand mixer, pour in flour/baking powder mixture and knead dough with hook attachment until mixture is well blended and smooth. 
  6. Roll dough out on a floured surface (dough should be slightly sticky so I floured the surface fairly generously) to a 16 x 20 inch rectangle. Using the back of a spoon, spread 6 Tbsp melted butter evenly over the top of the dough. Sprinkle top evenly with brown sugar mixture and spread into an even layer, coming within a 1/2 inch of all edges. Starting on the 16 inch side, snugly roll dough to opposite end.
  7. Cut rolled dough into 12 equal pieces (I cut it in half first, then halves into halves, then those halves into thirds). Arrange rolls in a buttered 13 x 9 inch baking dish (reshaping flat sides as needed). 
  8. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (I do this during the last 10 minutes of rising) and bake rolls in preheated oven for 22 - 26 minutes until golden. Allow to cool slightly then cut into rolls and frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with optional chopped nuts.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric and mixer, whip together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Pour in milk and mix until well blended.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Cinnamon Rolls
Author: Jaclyn


  • Anna Aboody: Jaclyn-I made these for an event and they were an absolute hit! Thanks for the great recipe :) April 13, 2016 at 7:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! So glad you loved it! April 14, 2016 at 1:56pm Reply

  • Sadie: Making these today. I’m curious why you didn’t use the whole egg in the dough. August 4, 2015 at 8:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I didn’t feel it needed it I just wanted the yolk to help bind things. It would probably be okay to add the whole thing if you want to reduce the liquid a few tbsp I just tested it like so and loved the result. August 12, 2015 at 5:40pm Reply

  • Stine: Mine are rising at the moment, can’t wait. I’m going to make half of them in to banana bread rolls for my little daughter and the other half like your recipe got me and hubby.
    Il update when they are done :) August 8, 2014 at 11:22pm Reply

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