Cinnamon Swirl Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 over-ripe mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

For the Cinnamon Swirl:

 

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon

For the Cream Cheese Center:

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  • 4 ounce cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees. (See notes above for high altitude baking) Line a loaf pan with parchment and set aside. I recommend having the sides of the parchment longer so you can use them to pull the bread out of the pan easily.
  2. In a large bowl mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour until just incorporated. Do not over mix. Spread 1/2 of the mixture into the bottom of the loaf pan.
  3. To make the cinnamon swirl: Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle a little more than half on top of the banana mixture in loaf pan.
  4. To make the cream cheese center: In a small bowl beat the cream cheese, sugar, and egg until smooth. Spread on top of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Spread remaining banana bread batter on top of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Let cool for about 30 minutes and remove from the pan. I kept leftovers in the fridge and it takes just as wonderful chilled.

 

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