Banana Cinnamon Rolls

Pat Duran


These banana rolls are very tasty-just as they are-but, I always have to have butter on them anyway. I like them the next day when the banana has set in good with all the other flavors. I hope you give them a try...and you can replace the bourbon with other liquor or with apple or cranberry juice. I have made these with cranberry relish drained and orange juice and a little vodka- these are delicious too!

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makes 9 x 13 pan of rolls
30 Min
8 Hr 10 Min



1/2 c
warm milk
2 tsp
instant yeast (2 packets)
4 1/2 c
all purpose flour ,divided
3 large
1 1/2 tsp
1/2 c
granulated sugar
1/2 c
unsalted butter, room temperature, not melted


4 medium
bananas, cut into chunks
1/2 c
bourbon or other liquid (rum is good)
2 tsp
cinnamon more or less to taste
1 c
light brown sugar,packed


3 Tbsp
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/3 c
granulated sugar
1/2 c
powdered sugar , more or less to make a glaze


Make ahead and let cool.
Cut the bananas into big chunks and cook in a saucepan with the bourbon and brown sugar until all liquid is absorbed and sugar has melted. Pour banana mixture into a bowl and mash with the cinnamon. Add 1/2 chopped nut ,if desired. Set aside to cool.
Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 c. warm milk and let set for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl add flour, yeast mixture,and eggs; with a wooden spoon, mix together until combine.
3Let mixture set for 20 minutes then add the salt and mix until combine. Knead dough for 10 minutes or until smooth. Add 1/2 the sugar and keep kneading until blended then add the remainder of the sugar.
4Now add the butter in 2 additions ; Mix in the remaining flour (1 1/2 c.)and knead into dough until smooth and satiny.
Place dough in a covered container; in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours and up to 48 hours.(I love this make ahead dough).Or you can set in a non-drafty place and let double in size.
5Making the rolls:
Heat oven to 325^.Spray a large round baking dish or pan with non stick butter spray( I use my 9x13 inch pan). Make sure the the banana filling has cooled.
Remove dough from fridge and let set 30 minutes, then on a floured surface, roll dough 1/2 inch thick into about 14x9 rectangle. Spread banana mixture over dough and roll up dough like jelly roll ;starting at wide side.
Cut this log into 1 1/2 thick slices and place in the prepared pan with cut side down.
Let rise 30 minutes. Bake in 325^ oven for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown on top. Turn oven to 350^ and brush top with butter and bake for 30 minutes more. Cool on wire rack. When cool
Frost with Cinnamon Buttery Glaze:
6Cinnamon Buttery Glaze.

Place all ingredients in a small microwave bowl. Except powdered sugar. Cook for 15 seconds until butter melts and sugar has dissolved. Cool. Stir in the powdered sugar. Brush mixture over hot rolls. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian