cream-cheese-banana-bread21This moist and light cream cheese banana bread recipe with a sweet cinnamon topping is the bestbanana bread on the planet. Period

Yield :

  • MAKES 2 LOAVES (8 1/2 X 4 1/2 INCH)

Ingredients :

  • Bread:
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks, 3/4 cup) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, light or regular, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large bananas)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Topping:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation :

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8 1/2- by 4 1/2-inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar until very light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and bananas.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined.
  • In a small bowl, mash together the topping ingredients until combined and crumbly.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle with the topping.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until the bread is nicely domed and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest in the pans for 5-10 minutes before turning out on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Info :

  • smart points 12
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