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Fluffy Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls
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3.56 from 9 votes

Fluffy Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

How long has it been since you made home-made cinnamon rolls? Fluffy Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls are a must if it's been awhile! It's a wonderful treat for your weekend when you have family in town or you want an extra special treat or brunch! <3
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: banana, breakfast, cinnamon roll, cream cheese, yeast
Calories:
Author: Kim Lange

Ingredients

  • 1 packet (2 ¼ teaspoon) fast acting yeast
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas + 1 banana for slicing thin to put in cinnamon rolls (2 ripe bananas = ½ cup)
  • 2 ¾ cups flour

For the filling

  • ¼ cup butter , melted, reserve 1 tablespoon for top of rolls before baking
  • cup sugar , reserve 1 tablespoon for the top of rolls before baking
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 banana , for slicing thin to put in cinnamon rolls
  • ½ cup pecans , rough or finely chopped (optional)

Frosting

  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter , softened
  • 2- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar (½ lb.)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pecans , chopped, optional

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, heat the almond milk and 3 Tablespoons butter in the microwave in 30 sec increments, until warm and just melted. Let cool to 110 degrees. If milk mixture is too hot it will kill the yeast.
  • Sprinkle yeast on top of milk mixture and let activate for 10 minutes. Then add 1 tablespoon sugar, salt and stir. Next add in ½ cup mashed ripe banana and stir.
  • Add flour ½ cup at a time, stirring as you go, as the dough will be sticky. When it is too thick to stir, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or so, adding more flour as needed to form a ball. Only use as much flour as it will take.
  • Rinse out your mixing bowl, coat it with canola or olive oil, and add your dough ball back in seam side down.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size about 40 minutes or so.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a long rectangle ~¼ inch thick. Brush with ¼ cup melted melted butter (reserve 1 tablespoon for top of rolls) and sprinkle with ⅓ cup sugar (minus 1 tablespoon sugar for top of rolls), cinnamon and nuts. Then add about 20 very thin banana slices so it's easy to roll.
  • Slowly roll up the dough and place seam down. Start with left corner of long side of rectangle when rolling up.
  • Using a thread, or a sharp knife cut the dough into 1 - 1½ in slices. and place in lightly buttered baking pan. Brush the top with remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle with reserved tablespoon of sugar.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and set on top of the oven to let rise again while you start oven to preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Once the oven is ready, bake rolls for 28-35 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, then frost with cream cheese frosting.

Frosting

  • While they are baking combine frosting ingredients. Beat butter and cream cheese together, then add vanilla and beat again. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until you reach desired consistency and sweetness. It should be fairly thick but still spreadable, Add more powdered sugar, or a little milk if needed to get the right texture.
  • Add pecans if desired.

Notes

You can also do ½ granulated sugar and ½ brown sugar if you want the rolls to be a little more caramel-ey.