Fluffy banana cinnamon rolls topped with a brown butter cream cheese icing. The perfect way to start your weekend baking. This post was sponsored by Glad Products Company. Thank you for supporting brands I love!
There is nothing as good as biting into a soft, fluffy swirl of bread with cinnamon and sweet cream cheese icing. Cinnamon rolls are why we invented the weekend. These particular cinnamon rolls are way more than your average roll. They are stuffed with bananas and nuts, then topped with the most insane brown butter cream cheese icing.
It's seriously legit, friends.
And if you want to take it to yet another level... toss in a small handful of chopped chocolate. Seriously, it's like cinnamon roll heaven. Add in some OJ, a couple of slices of bacon, and you've got the best breakfast within a 30-mile radius.
Anyone who's ever been afraid of making cinnamon rolls from scratch, fear not. It really isn't hard. Yeast dough is really forgiving to mistakes as long as the yeast you use is active. Not sure if it's active? You will know once you've added it to the warm milk. After a few minutes, you should see some foam covering the top. No foam means you need to start again with new yeast.
If you don't have a mixer, or one with a dough hook, you can totally knead the dough with your hands. It's just a matter of folding and beating up the dough until it becomes soft and stretchy. It's the perfect time to let out any frustrations from the past week!
I like to use the Glad® Press’n Seal® I purchase at Target when proofing my dough for the cinnamon rolls. It sticks to almost any surface and creates the perfect seal so the kids or cat don't accidentally pull down something like a tea towel. I also prefer it over plastic wrap when I do an overnight proof in the refrigerator.
We don't always eat a whole pan of banana cinnamon rolls in one go. So, when I make a batch, I will sometimes freeze the rolls. Pro tip: You can use Glad Press’n Seal found here at Target to wrap individual cinnamon rolls. Glad Press'n Seal is BPA-free and microwave safe, so you can grab and reheat the exact number you want. Which means, yeah, we can get ourselves just one or two rolls without having to commit to a bunch of them. Yes, please.
You can freeze the banana cinnamon rolls either baked or unbaked, depending on your preference. The Press'n Seal makes sure that your rolls don't dry out or suffer from freezer burn - which you're at risk for with foil.
If you freeze the individual rolls unbaked, you will need to follow the same baking instructions as if you were baking a whole batch. Just put them in an 8x8 pan or loaf pan. They do need to fully thaw before you can bake them, however, I recommend leaving them out in a warm area in your pan until they've fulled thawed. Once thawed, preheat your oven.
Banana Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 cup whole milk
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 1½ tablespoons active dry yeast
- ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4½ cups all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 medium bananas
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or pecans optional
Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 oz cream cheese
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Warm the milk until it is very warm to the touch but not hot. Stir in a pinch of the sugar and yeast. Set aside for it to proof and get foamy
- In a stand mixer, add the salt, sugar, and flour. Slowly add the yeast mixture and egg, and mix using a dough hook. Once the mixture starts to come together, add the butter one tablespoon at a time—beating well between each addition of butter.
- Once the butter is fully incorporated, knead for about 10 minutes. (If you do not have a mixer with a dough hook, you can mix by hand and knead for about 10 - 15 minutes.) Form the dough into a ball.
- Lightly grease a bowl, place the dough inside, and cover with Glad Press'n Seal. Allow to sit in a warm, dry place for about an hour or until doubled in size.
- While the dough is rising, make the filling. Melt the butter and lightly mash the bananas (you want lots of banana chunks) in with the butter. Add in both sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine
- Roll out the dough until it is about 14 by 24 inches. Try and get the edges as straight as possible. Spread the filling evenly on the dough, Sprinkle the nuts over the filling if using.
- Tightly roll the dough lengthwise so that you have a 24 inch log. Cut out about 14 - 18 rolls and place on a 9 x 13 baking pan cut-side down. Cover with the Press'n Seal and allow it to rise as you preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
- While the rolls are baking, make the icing. Heat the butter on medium-high in a skillet until the butter browns and smells nutty. Transfer to the bowl for the mixer and freeze for about 10 minutes. It should be partially solidified. Add the cream cheese, then beat until smooth and creamy. Add the salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar, and beat until smooth. Add the heavy cream to loosen.
- Allow to cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes before glazing. Serve warm.