Refined Sugar.

I’m busy preparing for a takeover sleepover this weekend so I’ll have to keep this brief.

As if three preteen girls need any help in the hyperactive department, I decided I would be a swell idea to feed them at least three different kinds of sugar with this Maple Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread.

Granulated sugar, brown sugar and maple syrup. They’ll never sleep. Ever.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a vacuum cleaner with my name on it.

Maple Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Source: Adapted from my family recipe

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 bananas
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Butter a 9 inch loaf pan and line it with a thick strip of parchment paper with enough overhang to lift the finished loaf.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the sugar, egg and melted butter and lightly blend it in. Add the dry ingredients and mix it until it’s just combined.

In a small bowl, mix together the 1/4 cup brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon. Alternate layering the banana bread batter with the cinnamon mixture in the prepared loaf pan, beginning and ending with the batter. Briefly and quickly run a knife a couple times through the batter.

In a small bowl, mix up the 1 tsp brown sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle it on top. Bake it for 35 – 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the pan cool for a few minutes then lift it out using the parchment paper to cool completely on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

11 thoughts on “Refined Sugar.

  1. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    Good luck with your sleepover! I am sure the girls will love this bread, it sounds wonderful!

  2. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    Have fun at the sleepover! Love the flavors in this bread… Yum! I am getting a sugar high just looking at those gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing

  3. Susie

    This sounds really good! I love banana bread and have made many different variations but this one sounds right up my alley! I’ll have to bookmark it to make for sure. Hope the sleepover went smoothly.

  4. Eric @ Happy Valley Chow

    mmm I love banana bread, it really takes me back cause my Mom would always make banana bread with any old bananas we had. This sounds delicious, I’ll definitely have to try!

  5. Peggy Marshall

    OMG! Best Banana Bread I have ever eaten. I made it for a family party but ended up keeping it and making something else for the relatives. Next time I will make 2 loaves!

  6. kita

    Hell, I’d be bouncing off the walls for this one I love me some banana bread. Digging the changes to the site too!

  7. Ren

    Love this website so much. I am also tellin my friends about your recipes and beautiful pictures! I attempted this last night. It turned out yummy but the top was super brown and hard. Might have been because my helper overmixed the topping. The cinnamon mixture I used was also thin, it didn’t layer well. Could that be because I used homemade maple syrup or can I chalk it up as user error and elevation issues?


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