Believe it or not, my husband’s favorite “dessert” is either banana nut bread or snicker doodle cookies. No chocolate or ice cream for this guy. All he wants is banana nut bread, every day! There are so many different versions of banana nut bread out there, so I decided to put a spin on this classic recipe and make Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread. This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and only 7 SmartPoints per serving!
If you can’t find ripe bananas at the store, no problem! You can actually ripen bananas by cooking them in the oven first. Place the unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I’ve had to do this trick a few times when I’m really craving banana bread but do not have ripened bananas on hand. My favorite baking sheets are Nordic Ware Aluminum Baking Sheets; I use these sheets for everything I need to roast or bake in the oven! Bake in a 300 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until the skin is black. Let them cool for about 1 hour before peeling. Once you peel them, they are all mashed and ready to go!
Cinnamon Banana Bread is moist, comforting, but still healthy. Banana bread is honestly not that hard to make. I thought making this would require hours of intense labor, but you just mix all of the ingredients and pour it into a loaf pan. The truth is that my Kitchen Aid mixer really does all the work. I know they are expensive, but y’all once you get one YOU WILL USE IT ALL THE TIME!!! To make this bread extra cinnamon flavor, pour half of the batter into the loaf pan, sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture onto the batter, pour the last half of the batter, sprinkle the last half of the cinnamon sugar mixture onto the batter, then using a knife swirl the batter to create a marble effect.
The hardest part is waiting for it to bake because the whole house will smell like a dream!! Once the bread is baked, let it cool for about 20 minutes on a metal baking rack, then it’s time to dig in!
I hope you enjoy these cinnamon bites of flavor!
For Cinnamon Banana Bread, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: