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.



Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 1 Dozen


  • 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. 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.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together light-brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside.
  4. 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. 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.
  5. 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). 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


  • Brittany: No way! After you posted your pumpkin oatmeal, I laid awake that night dreaming of food and actually thought of this very idea! You’ve saved me the trouble of trying to come up with a recipe on my own. I can’t wait to try these! September 6, 2012 at 3:49pm Reply

  • ally: i have never seen this idea before but it is totally brilliant! thank you for sharing the yum!
    xo September 6, 2012 at 10:42am Reply

  • holly: that’s so clever and yummy, two great foods merged into one! September 5, 2012 at 10:52pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Chung-Ah – don’t apologize I love getting your comments and I wouldn’t mind getting the same twice at all =). You are definitely my best commenter (maybe that’s not a word or I just can’t spell). Anyway thanks so much for all the comments you always leave me, you are so nice to always stop by! I’m loving your blog by the way! September 5, 2012 at 10:13pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: If I leave a duplicate comment, I apologize! I was in the process of pressing “publish” when chrome just unexpectedly shut down on me.

    Anyway, I said that this combination of banana in cinnamon rolls is pure genius! I can’t wait to make this and gobble it all up for breakfast! September 5, 2012 at 7:26pm Reply

  • The Cooking Actress: Um, this is genius. Hello delicious! September 5, 2012 at 4:36pm Reply

  • Meg @ Peaches and Cake: Oh my lord! Are these real?! These look incredible! I love banana bread, I love cinnamon rolls – how innovative and delicious! September 5, 2012 at 2:05pm Reply

  • Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil: These look wonderful! Two of my favorites! September 5, 2012 at 12:23pm Reply

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