Banana Swirl Crunch Bread

bananacrunch2Yum. I love banana bread, that’s not a big secret around here…now is it! 🙂 What I love about this recipe that separates it from the other…few…I have, is the crunch!!! These actually remind of the Cinnamon Crunch Bagels from Panera. My boss spoils us with super amazing coffee…every day, and Panera once a week. My heart wants to eat a bite out of every single one…but I usually try to refrain and just take a half of a cinnamon crunch. Then I drink the Hazelnut Pecan cream cheese spread. Just kidding, but I do this in my head while my hand spreads a tablespoon on my bagel half. See the things I dream about? Eating bags of bagels and drinking cream cheese. My word.

I feel like I need to walk you thru eating this bread. Take a bite, the first thing you experience is the crunch on the outside as your nose just inhales the warm cinnamon. The you hit the fluffy bread, topped with just a little bit of butter….the perfect banana bread bite! See don’t you want to go make this now? It takes five minutes to put together…you can even do it in the morning before you shower. You’re welcome!

It’s summer, and it’s getting hot..I know. But doesn’t this just bring you back to the fall a little bit, beautiful carbs…cough…I mean bread. Everyone has their faults…mine just happen to be chocolate and flour 🙂 bananacrunch1

Banana Swirl Crunch Bread 
2 large ripe bananas, mashed (or 3 small)
5 tbsp. butter, melted
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/8th tsp salt

2 tbsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Mix together the 2 tbsp of cinnamon and 3 tsp of sugar in a small bow
3. I liked to line my pan 9×5 (or 1 lb) with parchment paper, but if you rather not, just grease and flour your bread pan well.
4. In a large bowl, combine the egg, butter,vanilla, and sugar.
5. Mix in the milk and bananas with a whisk. Then add your flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring until smooth.
6. Pour half of the batter into the pan, sprinkle with 2 tbsp of the cinnamon sugar, and make swirling motions with a fork or a knife
7. Add the remaining batter, then sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar on top and gently press down.
8. Bake for 20 minutes at 400, then turn down the heat to 350 for another 2o minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.bananacrunch3


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