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Decadent Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Decadent Cream Cheese Banana Bread
Decadent Cream Cheese Banana Bread
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Decadent Cream Cheese Banana Bread is just what the name promises: decadent! If you never thought to combine cream cheese and banana bread, think again because it's incredible! This banana bread recipe has everything you'd expect from a regular banana bread, but wait for the game changer: a thick strip of cream cheese through the middle of the loaf. If you think you've died and gone to heaven, you kind of have. Don't worry though, we'll be right there to meet you and we're bringing this recipe with us!

We'd recommend enjoying this recipe with coffee for breakfast, dessert, or anytime you're feeling a little decadent. 

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Ingredients

  • Bread
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup liquid-state coconut oil (canola or vegetable may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 small mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces softened brick-style cream cheese (lite is okay)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray one 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.

  2. For the bread: In a large bowl, add the egg, sugars, coconut oil, sour cream, vanilla, and whisk to combine.

  3. Add the bananas and stir to incorporate.

  4. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with a spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don’t over-mix; set aside.

  5. For the Cream Cheese Filling: In a large bowl, add all ingredients and whisk to combine. Alternatively, mix with a hand mixer.

  6. Turn about two-thirds of the batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.

  7. Evenly pour cream cheese filling over the bread, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.

  8. Top with remaining batter, smoothing the top very lightly with a spatula as to not disturb cream cheese layer and pushing batter into corners and sides as necessary.

  9. Bake for about 48 to 50 minutes or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.

    Note: This is tricky because the cream cheese never gets totally solid so the toothpick test isn’t the most accurate.

    Pro Tip: Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped over it at the 30 minute-mark if you feel the tops and sides will become too browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of bananas, cream cheese, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.

  10. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Banana bread is something I've been experimenting with for many years...as it's my favorite, but I never considered combining it with cream cheese. Yum! I'd definitely have to add some chopped walnuts and I prefer a lot of banana taste so doubling the bananas would be a must and I found out in doing do it really doesn't hurt your recipe at all...it just makes it moister, which is never a bad thing in my world.

What a novel idea! Truly awesome. I have to try this. It is OMG! I would love to have some cream cheese in the middle of banana bread. I can't wait to try this one. I would imagine it is that 'died and gone to heaven' taste. I think it may be nice to add in some nuts to the banana batter.

Please clarify the amount of bananas. 1 small about 2 large??? Does not make since,

I made this today and it is so delicious that we have already eaten far more than is good for us, haha. We had some with morning coffee, after lunch and when a friend popped in for coffee this afternoon. This is the best banana bread we have ever had.

Omg...that picture is just making my mouth water! I bet the creaminess of the cream cheese pairs beautifully with the banana bread. I can't wait to try this one out!

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