Easy Banana Cinnamon Rolls

Banana cinnamon roll on a plate with title

Banana Cinnamon Rolls, WHAT?! Whenever I’ve got brown bananas sitting on my counter my first instinct is to make banana bread. But one day I started thinking, what if I made a banana bread, like a yeasted banana bread, that you could slice, toast, make into sandwiches, etc. Which then spiraled into what if I made a yeasted banana dough and made them into cinnamon rolls! Thus the experimenting began!

(BTW if you do want an AMAZING banana bread recipe, I got you, check it out here)

Close-up overhead shot of banana cinnamon rolls

I wanted the banana flavor to be distinct but not overwhelming; same with the cinnamon flavor, I didn’t want the cinnamon flavor to overwhelm the banana. I think I’ve got that delicate balance just right.

You know if you want to feel really fancy you can even call these a brioche cinnamon roll! Because a brioche dough is simply a rich dough that uses butter, egg, and sugar in it–which these definitely have!

I think a lot of people see yeast in a recipe and get scared. They think that yeasted baked goods are super hard or they’re destined to fail. YOU GUYS! DON’T BE SCARED! I’ve got you, lemme walk you through this real fast: 

Bloom the Yeast

The first thing you’re going to do is mix the yeast with 2 tablespoons of sugar (the sugar helps feed the yeast and activate it) and warm milk. The milk should be warm, but not hot. If it’s hot you might kill the yeast.

bloomed yeast, milk, and sugar in a bowl

Dough Pre-Rise

Add the other ingredients and then knead into a ball. The dough will be soft and sticky Place into a greased bowl and cover in plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Soft dough after mixed in bowl

After the First Rise

Here’s what mine looked like after it’s first rise.

dough after the first rise

Then roll it out on an oiled surface. Roll into a 10×15” rectangle. Spread your filling evenly over it. And roll up tightly.

Roll, Slice, Rise, Bake

rolled out dough with cinnamon mixture partially rolled

My Trick for easy slicing

Slice into 12 even slice. My favorite little trick is to use dental floss to slice my roll easily! But you can also use a serrated knife.

how to slice your roll using dental floss

Place into a 9×13” pan and let rise again for another 10-15 minutes. Then bake and frost.

banana cinnamon rolls sliced and in a pan before baking

Easy peasy you guys!

hand holding a banana cinnamon roll

Don’t these looks so pretty AND delicious?!



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Yield: 12

Banana Cinnamon Rolls

Banana Cinnamon Rolls

A sweet treat perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! These cinnamon rolls are made with a banana flavored dough, cinnamon filling, and cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


Banana Dough

  • 1- .25 ounce package or 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
  • ½ cup milk, warm
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 medium bananas, mashed (3/4 cup mashed banana)
  • 4 1/3 cups flour, measured correctly


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar



  1. Dissolve yeast in warm milk with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes until the mixture is foamy.
  2. In a stand mixer (see notes for doing this without a stand mixer), using either the paddle attachment or dough hook. Mix in the yeast mixture with the remaining sugar. Then add in the eggs, butter, salt, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
  3. Add in flour and knead into a large ball. The dough will be very soft and sticky, just keep scraping down the sides, and knead for a few minutes.
  4. Place dough ball in a large greased bowl. Cover bowl in plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, dough should have doubled in size.

Filling & Assembly

  1. While dough is rising, mix together all filling ingredients until smooth.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. When dough is done rising tip dough on to an oiled surface. Oil up your rolling pin and roll out your dough into a rectangle that is 15 inches long and 10 inches wide.
  3.  Spread your filling evenly across the dough and tightly roll your dough into a long tube.
  4.  Slice into 12 even rolls, each slice will be approximately 1 ¾” wide. Place slices into a greased 9x13 inch pan and let rise again for 10-15 minutes.
  5. After the second rise has finished place pan in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.


  1.  While cinnamon rolls are baking make your frosting. Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add in your vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar, cream together until smooth.
  2.  I like to let my cinnamon rolls to cool for a few minutes, and then frost them while they’re still a little warm so that the frosting melt into all the little crevices. 


  • You can do this without a stand mixture too. If doing this without a stand mixer use a large spatula to mix the ingredients together. Grease your hands liberally and use your hands to knead the dough into a ball. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 70mg Sodium: 325mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 38g Protein: 3g

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