Make these rolls for any occasion because cinnamon rolls are always appropriate… I’m sorry banana bread cinnamon rolls. Rollin’ in the dough with this one. Gooey, comforting, scrumptious, banana bread infused cinnamon rolls. This is the future. Cinnamon rolls are no longer acceptable.

Shoutout to vegans: this is originally a vegan recipe! Substitute with almond milk and vegan butter instantly dairy-free.

Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

  • Prep Time:1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:2 hours
  • Servings:8-10
  • Medium


  • 1 packet fast acting yeast
  • 1 cup milk (or almond milk, if vegan)
  • 1/2 cup butter (or vegan butter)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (divided)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (divided)
  • 1/2 cup sliced banana
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans (or walnuts)
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon milk (or almond milk, if vegan)
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  • Step 1

    Heat almond milk and butter in the microwave in 30 sec increments

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  • Step 2

    Let cool to temperature of bath water. Not too hot or it will kill the yeast

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  • Step 3

    Sprinkle on yeast and let activate for 10 minutes. Then add 1 tbsp sugar, salt and stir. Next add in 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana and stir

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  • Step 4

    Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring as you go. When it is too thick to stir, transfer to a slightly floured surface and knead until it forms a loose but still stringy ball

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  • Step 5

    Rinse out mixing bowl and coat with canola oil, add your dough ball seam side down. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size

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  • Step 6

    On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a long rectangle (1/4 inch thick). Brush with 1/4 cup melted butter and top with 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon. Then add about 20 thin banana slices so it’s easy to roll and most of the pecans

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  • Step 7

    Slowly and tightly roll up the dough and situate seam side down. With a serrated knife, cut the dough into 2 inch sections and position in a well buttered round pan (8×8 is good). Brush with remaining butter and sprinkle with a bit more sugar and remaining pecans.

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  • Step 8

    Bake rolls for 28-35 minutes at 350 degrees F or until slightly golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve warm.

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  • Step 9

    Optional: Frost with a simple dairy-free glaze.

    Melt 1 tbsp butter and add to 2 cups powdered sugar. Mix and gradually thin with 1 tsp milk until pourable but still thick.

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