Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls – Fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls are filled with the perfect mixture of sliced bananas, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts. It’s the breakfast treat you never knew you needed!
No matter what I make for my husband, I can never seem to top my apple pie cinnamon rolls. If anyone ever asks what’s the best thing I’ve ever made, he almost immediately names them. He’s obsessed! I can’t say I blame him – they’re the fluffiest, chewiest, gooiest cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had.
Instead of trying to beat the recipe, I’ve learned to embrace it. I’ve adapted it into other recipes like this salted caramel apple pie dip or this cinnamon roll wreath. And today I have another adaptation for you…
Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls!
If you’ve never made cinnamon rolls from scratch, I know they can seem intimidating. Anything with homemade dough is intimidating. I avoided making my own dough for YEARS. But I recently learned the keys to making killer dough and they’ve gotten me through all my bread, pizza dough, and cinnamon roll recipes the last few years:
- Use fresh yeast! If you keep yeast in your pantry for too long, it could deactivate. Make sure you see foam in the proofed yeast before using so you know it’s fresh.
- You gotta knead the dough. If you don’t knead the dough enough, it will be tough and won’t rise as much during the proofing time.
- Proofing time is important! Make sure you give the dough enough time to proof and grow. This will yield ultra-fluffy cinnamon rolls.
Now that you know the keys to great homemade dough, you can feel better about tackling these banana nut cinnamon rolls. As I stated above, I used the exact recipe for my apple pie cinnamon rolls, with a few alterations:
- I replaced the egg in the dough with a banana for added banana flavor. This is common with vegan recipes so I knew the banana could be swapped in without missing the egg one bit.
- I omitted the cooked apples (duh) and replaced them with sliced bananas and finely chopped walnuts. Since the bananas are soft, there’s no need to cook them first.
- I replaced the apple pie spice in the filling with nutmeg.
- Finally, I topped the banana nut cinnamon rolls with more chopped walnuts. There are no nuts in the apple pie cinnamon rolls.
So there you have it – the newest addition to my cinnamon roll creations. I hope you love these as much as we do! I mean bananas, walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon – how could you not love them?!
What cinnamon rolls should I try next?? Let me know in the comments below!
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