Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread has a moist banana bread loaf full of chocolate chips and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for a crunchy topping.

A stack of cinnamon sugar banana bread slices

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Banana bread sitting on an upside down bread pan. you can see the swirls of chocolate inside the banana bread

Tips For Making The Perfect Banana Bread:

  • Use overripe bananas. Overripe bananas are a must in banana bread. The more a banana ripens, the sweeter it becomes, adding lots of flavor to the banana bread.
  • Don’t over-mix the batter. This is a pretty obvious one, but it can make a huge difference in the final product. Only mix until the ingredients are just combined.
  • Don’t over-bake the banana bread. It can be really easy to bake the bread for too long, but make sure when you insert a toothpick it still has a few moist crumbs on it. When you remove the banana bread from the oven it will continue to bake from the residual heat.
A close up shot of banana bread

Ingredients for Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread:

Ingredients for Banana Bread:

  • Unsalted Butter. I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
  • Overripe Bananas. See above note.
  • Eggs. It will be easier to incorporate the eggs into the batter if they are at room temperature. 
  • Vanilla Extract. Vanilla is a must in baked goods just like salt. Real vanilla adds a better flavor than imitation vanilla.
  • All-purpose Flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
  • Granulated Sugar. This will sweeten the banana bread and give it a soft texture.
  • Baking Soda. This will help the bread to rise.
  • Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
  • Ground Cinnamon. Cinnamon will add flavor to the banana bread.
  • Chocolate Chips. This is optional. I prefer semi-sweet chocolate, but you can use whatever you prefer. If you’re wanting puddles of chocolate chop up a chocolate bar instead of using chocolate chips.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • Granulated Sugar. See above note.
  • Ground Cinnamon. See above note.
All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

STEP 1: In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.

The cinnamon sugar mixture in a bowl

Banana Bread

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

STEP 2: In a medium bowl combine the melted butter and bananas together. Mix the two together until the bananas are fully mashed and the butter is no longer hot.

STEP 3: Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

The wet ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 4: In a medium bowl add the dry ingredients. Whisk together until there are no lumps.

The dry ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 5: Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

STEP 6: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. If the banana bread starts to get too brown you can cover it with foil for the remainder of the baking time.

Looking down on a slice of cinnamon sugar banana bread

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Originally posted July 2019.

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Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread has a moist banana bread loaf full of chocolate chips and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for a crunchy topping.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, banana bread, bread, Chocolate Chip, chocolate chip banana bread, Cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon sugar banana bread
Servings: 12
Calories: 325kcal

Ingredients

For Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For Banana Bread:

  • 1 stick (113 grams) butter melted
  • 3 large bananas overripe
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (198 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (170 grams) chocolate chips

Instructions

For Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar until fully combined.

For Banana Bread:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine the melted butter and bananas together. Mix the two together until the bananas are fully mashed and the butter is no longer hot.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • In a medium bowl whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until there are no lumps.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. If the banana bread starts to get too brown you can cover it with foil for the remainder of the baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.1g | Protein: 4.7g | Fat: 12.9g | Saturated Fat: 8.1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 28.2g | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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