Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread

 Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread with a twist… a cinnamon swirl!! This recipe is moist and packed with flavor.  Weight Watchers friendly recipe- 5 SmartPoints!


Fluffy banana bread with a cinnamon and sugar swirl in the middle of the bread and on top.


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 Watchers friendly recipe and only 5 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 do this trick when I’m craving banana bread but do not have ripened bananas on hand.  Bake in a 300° 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!


This recipe  is super easy to follow!  To the mixing bowl, add brown sugar and butter then mix on low speed for about 4 minutes.  Next add 1 egg and 1 egg white, Greek yogurt, and vanilla and blend for a few more minutes.  In a separate bowl, sift together white whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the bowl with the wet ingredients.  I recommend gently adding a large spoonful at a time.  Blend for 5 minutes or so then add chopped walnuts.


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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, then sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon mixture on top.  Using a knife, swirl the batter to create a marble effect.  Top with more walnuts!



unbaked banana bread in a loaf pan


The hardest part is waiting for it to bake because the whole house will smell like a dream!!  The bread will bake for 1 hour.  Once the bread is baked, let it cool for about 20 minutes on a metal baking rack, then it’s time to dig in!


Baked Banana Nut Bread in loaf pan



sliced banana bread


Moist, comforting, yet healthy.  Fluffy banana bread with a cinnamon sugar swirl is guaranteed to hit the spot!  5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving!


banana bread with a cinnamon swirl in the middle


I hope you enjoy these cinnamon bites of flavor!


Watch this 60 second video to learn how to make Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread:


Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread-Banana bread with a twist! Healthy version of banana bread with a cinnamon swirl in the middle! Weight Watchers friendly (7 SmartPoints).

Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread

Moist, comforting, yet healthy.  Fluffy banana bread with a cinnamon sugar swirl is guaranteed to hit the spot!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 12


Banana Bread Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons Light Butter (or ½ Stick Light Butter), at room temperature
  • 1 Egg White, at room temperature
  • 1 Egg, at room temperature
  • ¼ Cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt, at room temperature
  • 4 Medium Very Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 2/3 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Walnuts, Chopped

Cinnamon Swirl Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoons White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoons Cinnamon


  • Pull out the egg, egg white, butter, and Greek yogurt to get to room temperature before starting the recipe.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-fat cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon then set aside.
  • In a medium, bowl combine bananas, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Mash bananas and mix all ingredients until well combined.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. If you don’t have a sifter, you can use a metal strainer/sieve!
  • Using a mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until fully combined for about 1 minute.
  • Add banana mixture and beat until well combined for about 30 seconds.
  • Add flour mixture slowly and beat until well combined for about 30 seconds. Add walnuts until well combined.
  • Pour half the batter into the loaf pan and spread out the batter until even.
  • Sprinkle half the cinnamon mix onto the batter.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter and cinnamon mix.
  • Draw a knife through the batter to make a marble effect.
  • Bake in the oven for 60 minutes, covering the pan loosely with foil after 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and starting to crack.
  • Let the pan cool for 15 minutes on a metal rack.


Nutrition is based on the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program guidelines. Nutrition calculated using Weight Watchers calculator.
NUTRITION: Serves 12- (5 SmartPoints Per Serving) CALORIES: 133 FAT: 3.6 SATURATED FAT: 0.8 CARBS: 23.1 FIBER: 2.4 SUGARS: 10 PROTEIN: 3.7

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  • Reply
    April 14, 2017 at 9:02 am Ohhhh this sounds awesome. I'm a huge fan of banana bread but I've not thought to make a cinnamon version. We will have to try it! It's such an easy go to with my LIttle Man for breakfast sometimes!
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      April 15, 2017 at 9:32 am OH yes, perfect for breakfast :) I hope you make this soon Kristin!
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    April 14, 2017 at 11:54 am This looks delicious! I LOVE banana bread! Even better when it's healthy-ish!
    • Reply
      April 15, 2017 at 9:31 am Yes, it's delicious and healthy... win win!! Thanks Annie :)
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    Jobie Medina
    April 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm I love the twist of cinnamon. This looks moist and delish. I definitely have to make this.
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    April 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm I love cinnamon! Adding it to banana bread is perfect. Rose recently posted...Casual Spring Fashion InspirationMy Profile
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      April 15, 2017 at 9:31 am Yes! It's such a nice surprise when eating this bread :) Thanks Rose!
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    Catherine Short
    April 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm I'm going to make your recipe this weekend. I have a lot of overripe bananas on my counter just screaming to be made into bread!
    • Reply
      April 15, 2017 at 9:30 am Awesome! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do Catherine :)
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    April 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm I love banana bread and whole wheat flour! I will have to try this recipe!
    • Reply
      April 15, 2017 at 9:30 am I hope you try this recipe soon Jess!
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    Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    April 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm Yum! This sounds delicious! I love using bananas in baking! Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms recently posted...Talking to Kids about FearMy Profile
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      April 15, 2017 at 9:30 am I love baking with bananas too Vicki! Thanks so much :)
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    Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
    April 15, 2017 at 1:37 am i think I have a serious addiction to both cinnamon and bananas so this is the PERFECT recipe!! :)
    • Reply
      April 15, 2017 at 9:29 am Well, there is nothing wrong with that Corey!! Thanks so much!
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    Jennifer Corter
    April 16, 2017 at 8:22 am Yummy! I would absolutely LOVE to try this! Jennifer Corter recently posted...5 Amazing Apps For Managing Chronic IllnessMy Profile
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      April 17, 2017 at 9:06 am Thanks Jennifer! I hope you try this soon :)

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