I know it’s pancake day but I have been dying to make banana bread for a week now. There is nothing better then the whole house smelling of banana bread when it comes hot out of the oven. I love to pair a slice of it with my coffee for a relaxing, delicious afternoon snack while the kids nap!
Every time I make this recipe I change it. I throw something different into the mix whether it be raisins, coffee, chocolate, the list is endless. Today I threw in some cinnamon and all-spice. It should be called forever evolving banana bread.
It’s quick, it’s easy and takes only a few minutes to through it all together and pop in the oven!
How To Make Cinnamon Banana Bread
The full recipe is below – but it really is very simple! Mash your bananas well, getting rid of all the lump. Mix them with butter using a wooden spoon, and then add sugar, vanilla and an egg. At this point it looks a big questionable, but that’s ok – it’s meant to! Sift in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and a small amount of all spice and mix and until you have a smooth mixture. Pour it in to a loaf tin, sprinkle the top with sugar and bake for around 1 hour.
Banana Bread Tips
There are a fee things you need to note about making the perfect banana bread. I see so many recipes saying you need a mixer to make it well, but I disagree. I manage just fine with an old fashioned wooden spoon. If your bananas are ripe enough then they will mash easily and blend in to the mixture with no problems. When they are ripe, ideally so ripe that the skin is brown, they are extra sweet and super aromatic which make a huge difference to the flavour of the banana bread.
Banana bread takes a long time to cook – usually around an hour. It can be tempting to crank up the temperature and will it to cook faster. Don’t! You’ll end up burning the outside and leaving it uncooked in the middle. It is worth the wait to get the perfect banana bread if you just leave it alone to let it cook through. You can check with a toothpick, making sure it comes out clean, to make sure your bread is cooked.
Cinnamon Banana Bread
Simple banana bread with cinnamon and all spice
- 4 Ripe bananas The more ripe they are the sweeter and easier to mash
- 1/3 cup Butter
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp All spice
- 1 1/2 cups Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- Sprinkle Broken Sugar
Preheat oven to 350 F (175 c)
Mix together your bananas and butter with a wood spoon. No need for a mixer.
Add your sugar, vanilla, and egg then mix again.
Add the rest of your ingredients and mix thoroughly
Grease a bread pan and pour the mixture in. Optional – sprinkle a little brown sugar on top.
Place in the oven for around 1 hour. Cooking times can vary slightly so start checking on it at around 50 minutes.
If you would like to make banana muffins instead, use a muffin tray and reduce the cooking time to around 25 minutes.
Customise Your Banana Bread
If you want to make your banana bread without cinnamon then that’s fine! You could try an apple banana bread, add raisins or chocolate chips or simply do it plain. The basis of a banana bread recipe is so simple than you can easily make it your own with just a few changes here or there.