Cinnamon Banana Bread Recipe

Last updated on March 4th, 2024 at 08:13 pm

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!

A cinnamon banana bread on a white plate

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

Ripe Bananas

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.


Slow Bake

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

Cook Time 1 hour


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 c)

  2. Mix together your bananas and butter with a wood spoon. No need for a mixer.

  3.  Add your sugar, vanilla, and egg then mix again.

  4. Add the rest of your ingredients and mix thoroughly

  5. Grease a bread pan and pour the mixture in. Optional – sprinkle a little brown sugar on top.

  6. Place in the oven for around 1 hour. Cooking times can vary slightly so start checking on it at around 50 minutes.

Recipe Notes

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.

If you liked this recipe then why don’t you try my strawberry bread recipe or zucchini bread with lemon glaze for a sweet treat.

13 thoughts on “Cinnamon Banana Bread Recipe”

    • Thank you that’s so sweet of you to say. I am trying to get better at taking food pictures so I can share all my favorite recipes. I have been holding back writing them on my blog a lot because the pictures always look bad. Hopefully my photography class next month can help me with this and I can share more favorites. Thanks for hosting my lovely. I loved your various fancy pancakes!!!

    • Thank you Ebabee, yes nuts would be great in it or on top. I used to use walnuts but my son is deathly allergic to all nuts so I can’t anymore. Thanks for popping over and hope to see you again soon.

    • hahaha, I love this recipe because you can substitute so many things in it. Kids often like chocolate banana, or raisin banana. Another favorite is coffee in mine. yumm more like coffee banana cake then. So yummy.

    • Thank you Julie. I love it because it’s so versatile. I can make them into muffins for a quick snack or throw different things like raisins or chocolate in them to make more of a dessert bread. Hope you like it when you try it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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