Cinnamon Swirl Banana Protein Bread

February 04, 2014
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Cinnamon Swirl Banana Protein Bread

I’m totally in love with this Cinnamon Swirl Banana Protein Bread.

One of the things I miss most since starting my clean eating meal plans is DESSERT! Prepping 5 meals a day for 5-7 day days at a time is really time consuming. I’m still trying to get everything down, so I’m hoping it will get quicker eventually, but right now I’ve been in the kitchen a lot after work and then jumping into bed so I’m well rested when my 5:30am alarm goes off.

This hasn’t allowed for a lot of time to explore clean baking, but through the magic of Instagram, I’ve found a few recipes I’ve been meaning to try out.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Protein Bread

I found a recipe for protein banana bread and put a few twists on it to keep the fat and sugar counts low.

Do not ask me if I licked the bowl and/or spatula. I mean… Come on… Who does that :p

This protein bread recipe is out of this world. This is coming from the girl who looooves traditional baked goods made with all purpose flour, whole eggs, sugar, and real butter.


The unbelievable truth is that this banana bread is made with no refined flour, no added sugar, and no butter. It’s gluten-free, clean, has 16g protein, and is low fat, only 2g. And only 5 ingredients if you don’t count the vanilla extract and cinnamon (two of my favorite things — if you don’t have these in your pantry at all times, we can’t be friends!).


The results will differ depending on what type of protein you use — Cellucor brand whey protein is already very sweet. Taste your batter before you bake it and adjust the sweetness to your liking with your preferred sweetener (stevia, coconut sugar, white sugar, splenda, maple syrup, honey, etc.)


Cinnamon Swirl Banana Protein Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Protein Bread Nutrition Label

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Protein Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Serves 6

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Protein Bread


  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats or oat flour
  • 2 scoops Cellucor Cor-Performance Whey Cinnamon Swirl or vanilla protein powder with about 130 calories and 25g protein per scoop
  • 4 ripe bananas (about 12 ounces without peel)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt with 120-140 calories per cup (Voskos, Trader Joe's)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • coconut oil spray or coconut oil, for greasing pan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add all the ingredients except the 1 tablespoon cinnamon (only add 1 teaspoon cinnamon at this point) to a blender, NutriBullet, or food processor. (If you're using plain vanilla protein powder, add 1 teaspoon additional cinnamon.) Process until smooth.

Spray a loaf pan with coconut oil. If you don't have coconut oil spray, melt a teaspoon or so of coconut oil, dip a paper towel in it, and wipe on the bottom and sides of the loaf pan. You can also use regular nonstick spray.

Pour the batter into the pan. Scoop 1/4 cup of the batter back out of the pan and place it in a small bowl. Add the remaining tablespoon cinnamon and stir well.

Dollop the cinnamon batter mixture onto the top of the regular batter. Swirl using a spatula or spoon. Be careful not to over-swirl, as you'll lose the pretty effect.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until edges are brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

Allow to cool and then slice into 6 pieces.

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  1. Natalie

    I’ve just started to eat gluten free and found your recipe by chance. I was sold when I’d seen your amazing photos and review of how tasty the bread is. So, I made this on the weekend and was a bit disappointed. I think some form of sweetness needs to be added.. Not sure what but it definitely needed a touch of something extra.

    • Melissa Klotz

      I’m sorry to hear that Natalie! What kind of protein did you use? The Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl is already pretty sweet, and my bananas were overripe and therefore very sweet. You could add some stevia or other sweetener of your choice (even some pureed apples) to sweeten it up a bit. In the meantime with the already baked bread, you could add some sweetened yogurt on top and eat it “a la mode” style. I hope this helps!!

  2. Rhonda Webb

    Hi Melissa,
    I tried this recipe this weekend and I really like it! Of course I made some changes as readers always do :) I didn’t have any bananas so I used a cup of applesauce, and I completely forgot the cinnamon. I also added a healthy dose of unsweetened chocolate chips (just unsweetened chocolate chopped up). Super moist and great flavor! Just polished off another piece as my lunch. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Melissa Klotz

      Hi Shannon! I am not a big fan of the PB marshmallow flavor, but if you enjoy it, it will probably work out just fine. I would add some additional cinnamon to the batter before you make the cinnamon swirl.

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