Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

This is a delicious match up.. Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread.. a delicious banana loaf with a brown sugar/cinnamon swirl in the middle!

I love a good Banana Bread & I love cinnamon so it seemed like a very good idea to combine the two & I am very pleased with how this recipe turned out! I tried a few different versions of this recipe until I got it just right! My son Seth was a collaborator which was so nice for me!

The cake is a pretty simple Banana Bread made with yogurt & I made this recipe with olive oil. A mixture of brown sugar & cinnamon is sprinkled in the middle & as it bakes. This makes a bit of a swirl as the batter cooks around it. The Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread is topped with some of the filling mixture before baking giving it a delicious crunchy top!

Here is the recipe



1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

Cake Batter

6 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 1/2 cup mashed bananas ( approx. 3-4)

1 3/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cinnamon


Grease a loaf pan

Preheat oven to 350f

Mix the filling ingredients together & set aside

  1. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil & sugars together until well combined
  2. Mix in the 2 beaten eggs
  3. Stir in the vanilla, yogurt & mashed bananas.
  4. Fold in the flour, baking powder, baking soda & cinnamon, mixing until all of the dry ingredients are no longer visible/
  5. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it out evenly
  6. Sprinkle 2/3 of the sugar/cinnamon mixture over the batter, set the remaining 1/3 mixture aside for the top
  7. Evenly spread the remaining batter over the filling
  8. Top with the sugar/cinnamon mixture sprinkling it evenly over the top of the cake
  9. Bake in the preheated oven 55-60 minutes until a cake tester comes out dry
  10. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 15-20 minutes then take it out & let it cool completely on a wire rack


Mixing the sugar & cinnamon together
The batter & filling
Evenly put half of the batter into the prepared baking dish & evenly sprinkle on 2/3 of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture
I patted the filling on a bit
Put the balance of the cake batter over the sugar filling spreading it evenly
Bake in the preheated oven

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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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