Best cream cheese banana bread recipe

Posted: February 13, 2024
Best cream cheese banana bread recipe
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Imagine this: a delicious, creamy banana bread that tastes like a real treat. Look no further, this is the right recipe for you! The cream cheese mixed into the batter makes the most perfect cream cheese banana bread. You will love it!

Banana bread + cream cheese

I love a good banana bread. I make my recipe for healthy banana bread the most, but sometimes I love to make this banana bread with cream cheese. Where my healthy banana bread has no sugar of butter in it, this one does call for butter and sugar. And more important: cream cheese! It really takes a banana bread to the next level.

There are multiple ways of incorporating cream cheese into you banana bread. I chose to add it to the batter for that perfect creamy and moist results. But you could also make a banana bread with cream cheese filling by adding a sort of a cheese cake mixture in the batter before baking.

Another delicious variation: add a cream cheese frosting to your banana loaf after baking! To be honest, you could even do that with the recipe for my cream cheese banana bread. I’ll promise it will taste amazing with a cream cheese layer!

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How to make this banana bread

The recipe speaks for itself, but I will share some tips with you so you get the best results and this will become your favorite banana bread recipe!

Most important: the bananas! I always use overripe bananas for the best result. Mash the bananas with a fork or use a hand blender. It’s perfectly fine to have some lumps in your mashed banana. But if you like a more smooth batter, use a hand blender.

For my healthy banana bread I only use a whisk or spatula to make the batter, but for this recipe you will need an electric mixer. It’s important to mix butter, cream cheese and sugar into a creamy mixture and a electric hand- or stand mixer with the paddle attachment is best for that. Unless you have very strong arms 😉 .

The entire recipe is in the recipe card down below. But it’s actually no more than mix all the wet ingredients together and then add your dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. After that, you’ll pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan and your easy banana bread recipe is ready for the oven!

Oh and for preparing you loaf pan: you can use a nonstick spray, grease it with butter and dust with flour or just line it with parchment paper. Just pick you favorite way for a prepared baking pan.

And after baking: enjoy you best homemade banana bread recipe ever!

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How to store this banana bread

I’ve written a separate blog post about this subject. So if you want to know everything about storing banana bread, I recommend to read that post. Just looking for some quick tips? I will share them here!

  • On room temperature, the bread will stay fresh for 2-3 days, wrapped in aluminum foil.
  • In the freezer you can store the banana bread for up to 3 months. Store in an airtight container, or in freezer bags. Just make sure to wrap them airtight to prevent freezer burn.

I like to store my banana bread in slices. If you store them together in a container or freezer bag, make sure to put some pieces of parchment paper between the slices. This will prevent them from sticking together.

Before you wrap up you loaf for storing on room temperature or in the freezer: make sure you have let it cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

Questions about cream cheese banana bread

Can I make a cream cheese swirl instead of mixing it into the batter?

You can, but it is possible that the baking time will change a bit. I haven’t tried this myself, so I can’t tell you exactly how long it will need.

​Can I add extra ingredients to the batter?

Of course! Just add in some chocolate chips, a swirl of peanut butter or some nuts. I bet it will taste amazing! I think I’m gonna try a chocolate chip banana bread myself the next time!

Is it possible to use brown sugar instead of white sugar?

Yes it is. You can just replace the caster sugar with the same amount of brown sugar.

Can I make banana muffins with this recipe?

Again: yes you can! The recipe will make about 10-12 muffins. Bake them for 20-22 minutes (or until done).

Can I use baking soda instead of baking powder

Although both are a leaving agent, they are not the same in ‘strenght’. It is possible to make this recipe with baking soda, but the recipe will need a few adjustments. I haven’t tried this myself and therefore can’t share these adjustments.

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Cream Cheese Banana Bread recipe

The best creamy banana bread you could ever think of! Just mix in some cream cheese and the result is amazing.
Servings: 12 servings
25 cm/10 inch loaf pan

Ingredients 

  • 125 grams unsalted butter
  • 100 grams cream cheese
  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 3-4 ripe bananas 300-350 grams
  • 2 eggs M
  • 125 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300 grams all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Combine butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix until creamy.
  • In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until lumpy or smooth (both will work fine).
  • Add eggs, milk and vanilla extract, mix on low speed until combined.
  • Pour the banana mixture in the large bowl with the cream cheese mixture and mix on medium speed until everything is blended.
  • Finally, add the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and pinch of salt. Mix briefly until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the flour dusted baking pan or cake pan lined with parchment paper and bake your cream cheese banana bread at 175 °C/345 °F (convention) for 60-65 minutes or until golden brown and done.
  • Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for a few minutes. You will see that the sides will loosen and you can easily lift the banana bread out of the pan. Allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
How to store

Stays fresh covered at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.

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