Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls

Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls: These easy no yeast cinnamon rolls can be made and on the table in under 45 minutes.  Adding banana and nuts gives it a fun banana bread flavor.

These easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls are made with banana and nuts and can be on your breakfast table in 45 minutes!

 I have realized that the one thing that I use the most in my baking are bananas.  Muffins, donuts, breads, cakes, cupcakes!  And the list goes on and on.

Now if you have been reading for any length of time, you know that I cannot stand to eat ripe bananas.  Like I won’t touch them with a 6 foot pole once they turn yellow.

Hello, my name is Jocelyn, and I prefer to eat my bananas green and crunchy.  Seriously, the bananas have to crunch when I open the peel.  Yes, I know I’m strange.  My hubby tells me that every single time he sees me eating these green bananas.   

These easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls are made with banana and nuts and can be on your breakfast table in 45 minutes!

Once those bananas start to get yellow and a few brown spots, I know that I will be baking with them in a few days.  That is if everyone else doesn’t eat them first.  You see, everyone else in my family is fairly normal.  They eat ripe bananas.  So it becomes a race against time.

I see the ripening bananas and start to get ideas on what delicious food they will become next. Best Banana Cake, anyone?  The family sees the bananas and thinks snack and lunch.

I have gotten smarter over the years.  I now buy 2 bunches of bananas every week.  1 very green bunch and 1 slightly green bunch.    By the time the very green bunch ripens, my family has had their fill that week of bananas.  I know those few bananas left will still be sitting there turning spotty and perfect for a few more days.

These easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls are made with banana and nuts and can be on your breakfast table in 45 minutes!

These easy no yeast cinnamon rolls were the perfect way to incorporate ripe bananas.  I had so many brown bananas all at once that I made 4 or 5 new recipes recently.  I have bananas coming out of my ears, so I have lost count.  I hope you are ready for some new banana goodness because I think I will be sharing ALL of them this week.  Get your bananas ripening because it is banana week baby!

Start by mixing together your cinnamon filling.  If you and your family likes nuts, include some in the filling and reserve the rest for the topping.  If you or someone in your family has a tree nut allergy, leave the nuts out!

This dough comes together so easily.  Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and sift with a fork.  Add the buttermilk, bananas, and melted butter and continue to stir with your fork or use your mixer and dough hook.  Once the dough comes together into a soft ball, you will turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it a few times.  Do not knead too many times because too much flour will make the dough tough.  You want soft fluffy rolls to enjoy hot from the oven.

These easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls are made with banana and nuts and can be on your breakfast table in 45 minutes!

Roll the dough out with your fingers gently.  It will have some elasticity to it, so just keep working it gently until you get it into a 10×14 rectangle.  I keep a measuring tape in my kitchen just so I can be sure it is it the right size, but you can eyeball it.  More melted butter and a lot of cinnamon filling goes on top.

Be careful as you roll the dough up.  Sometimes the dough can stick to the counter.  Use a butter knife or flat edge spatula to loosen the roll if this happens.  Finish rolling and cut into 9 even rolls.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes.  This is just enough time for you to clean up the flour mess you have made in the kitchen.  Oh, maybe that’s just me that makes a big mess when baking.

Mix up your frosting while you are waiting too.  You want to be ready to slather it on the warm rolls when they come out of the oven.  If you forgot to soften the cream cheese, just zap it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until it is soft and creamy.

Time to sit down and relax with your coffee and warm cinnamon rolls.  Go ahead and have another roll…I know you want to :-)

These easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls are made with banana and nuts and can be on your breakfast table in 45 minutes!

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Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 9 cinnamon rolls

Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls

These easy no yeast cinnamon rolls are a great way to have breakfast on the table in under 45 minutes. The banana flavor really shines through and make the dough sweet and soft.


For the Cinnamon Filling
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 Tablespoon, butter, melted
For the Rolls
2 3/4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mashed banana (1 banana)
7 Tablespoons butter, melted and divided
3/4 cup buttermilk
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon milk
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Mix together the filling ingredients until they resemble sand. Set aside.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk, banana, and 2 Tablespoons melted butter. Mix until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface. Knead a few times. Press the dough out with your fingers into a 10" by 14" rectangle.
  3. Spread 2 Tablespoons melted butter over the dough. Sprinkle with the cinnamon filling, leaving 1/2 inch on all sides. Roll up gently from the shortest end. Use a spatula or knife to loosen the roll if the dough sticks to the counter. Cut a small piece off each end to even it up. Cut the roll into 9 even slices.
  4. Spread 1 Tablespoon of melted butter in an 8"x8" pan. Place the rolls in the pan. Drizzle the rolls with the last 2 Tablespoons of melted butter. Bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes.
  5. Whisk together the frosting ingredients. Serve the rolls warm with frosting and extra nuts if desired. Makes 9 cinnamon rolls.


*Leave the nuts out if you or a family member has a tree nut allergy.

These easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls are made with banana and nuts and can be on your breakfast table in 45 minutes!

Some of our favorite ways to use up ripe bananas:

Banana Cococonut Muffins

Banana Coconut Muffins

Java Twix Banana Bread

Java Twix Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

More banana recipes from around the web:

Banana Brickle Muffins from Taste and Tell
Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins from Table for Two
Banana Snack Cake from Shugary Sweets

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    • says

      Hahaha! Just sharing all my funny little quirks :-) I hope the rolls turned out ok for you…I was looking at the recipe and realized that I typed the butter instructions slightly wrong. That’s what I get for doing a post at midnight. It has been fixed now! Thank you so much for the pin!

    • says

      Woo hoo! I am so glad to meet a fellow green banana lover :-) I hope the rolls turned out ok for you…I just realized that I have the butter instructions slightly off. The recipe has been fixed now though!

  1. says

    I have to say that I agree that you are nuts for liking green bananas haha. I always feel like they are bitter and have an aftertaste before they loose all their green. Once they start to get freckles is when they are the best (of course that’s just my opinion O:-) )! I have actually made banana bread cinnamon rolls in the past and they were very delicious. But yours don’t use yeast? I’m very curious about these now!
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  2. Angela says

    I’m with you on the green bananas. Do not feed me a soft soggy banana. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be trying this soon!

  3. Lisa Pyke says

    Thes sound wonderful.I have never made cinnamon rolls before. These are worth trying.
    Any recipes for banana toffee granola bars, chewy with a bit of a crunch not cake like?
    I fell in love with some weight watchers ones when we lived in England in 2001. Alas they have long stopped
    producing them and North America (I am Canadian) does not seem to be into banana toffee recipes unless they are soft and mushy. I am not talented in the create your own recipe area.

    So maybe inspiration for some of those overripe bananas.

    Enjoy your blog immensely.

    • says

      Hi, Lisa. Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you like the recipes I share here. Right now I don’t have any banana granola bar recipes, just a banana toffee scone recipe on here. I’m not sure if that is really what you are looking for. There are a few recipes for granola bars with different flavors. You can click on the recipe tab at the top and click on the different sections to find the recipes.
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  4. says

    I love the idea of adding banana & nuts to your cinnamon rolls, it´s a combination that always works! These look scruptious!! ps. I cant stand the taste of ripe bananas unless its baked into something 😉
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  5. says

    You have perfected the quick cinnamon roll! I have adored all you recent flavors, but this one might be my favorite! I couldn’t agree with you more about the green bananas. They spots gross me out! I’ll be pinning these to surprise the kids!
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  6. says

    Jocelyn, these look and sound delicious. The people in Costa Rica think I’m nuts eating my bananas just slightly yellow. I like them ripe too…a little, but definitely not all spotted like most Ticos prefer. I use those for baking and smoothies. I’ll have to give these rolls a try. I’ve never met a cinnamon roll I didn’t like (except in the supermarket.)
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  7. says

    I think the filling is the best part. :-) But I am like you, can’t eat any damaged bananas. What a pity the taste of bananas we get here in the US is so terrible compared to what I used to eat in Sri Lanka. Once you taste a real banana you just can’t eat eat what we get air lifted into our grocery stores.

  8. says

    I am with you and won’t touch a banana once it’s yellow and spotty – my husband on the other hand loves them super ripe hehe. If he doesn’t eat them, I will freeze those for my smoothies or use them up in baking and these cinnamon rolls sound perfect! They look incredible and you can’t beat the banana and walnuts combo :)
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