As the Fall teases us with its arrival, let’s prepare by adding these Cinnamon Cream Cheese Banana Bread Bites to our rotation.
I’ve seen these on the internet as Banana Bread Brownies, but a true “brownie” includes chocolate. Like brownies, though, they are baked and they are square so I think that’s where the popularity of calling them brownies might have come. That wasn’t enough for me to call them brownies so I’ve named mine bites. Squares would’ve been equally appropriate but it’s not as catchy as bites.
Similar to a favorite slice of homemade banana bread, these Cinnamon Cream Cheese Banana Bread Bites are moist, delicious bites/squares of heaven. Perfect for using up bananas going bad.
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup butter, softened (1 stick)
- 2 eggs
- 1¾ cup ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
- For the Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- ½ cup butter (softened)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Grease and flour an 8x8 cake pan (or line with parchment paper, spraying both before and after placing into pan). *You can also use a jelly roll pan for thinner squares. (I used my brownie pan!)
- In a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until creamy. Blend in mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt and blend well. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and the center is no longer raw and jiggly.
- Make the frosting while you wait by beating together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and cinnamon in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and continue to mix until sugar is fully incorporated and the frosting is light and creamy.
- Using a spatula, spread the frosting over the slightly cooled banana bread. Sprinkle the pecans on top while the frosting is still wet. Place in the refrigerator to firm and serve slightly chilled.
Perfect for busy mornings.
Perfect for brunch, individually sized and prepared.
Perfect for an afternoon snack.
I think it’s safe to say that they’re just….perfect.
They’re practically this recipe just baked in a brownie pan rather than a loaf pan, topped and cut into squares.
You call them what you’d like!
You have some options with how you want to top your new favorite breakfast treat. I’ve elected a Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting that is the icing on the cake….er, bread.
The cinnamon pairs nicely with the banana bread and adds some extra creamy oomph.
And you know my motto, bring on the oomph.
Not my motto…..but it should be!