Maple Sugar Banana Rolls

I'm back! Little blogging break does a girl some good from time to time. The past couple of weeks I've been cutting back to deal with some silly things as well as work around the house and prepare for Easter. 

While I was not blogging for the past week, I was working on a new project!  Every week I will be sharing one recipe from each of our 50 states. To start kicking things off I only felt it appropriate that I should start off with New Hampshire.

Maple syrup is my favorite New Hampshire product. It's only fair that I  dedicate one day to New Hampshire's favorite ingredient, though I should do a whole week of Maple recipes! The next few recipes (with exception to Wednesday's post) will be filled with plenty O' maple!

Since today was Easter I hosted a low key brunch with my Mother In law. I served my new favorite beet and potato hash, a vegan sausage gravy over biscuits, strawberry shortcakes and Maple Sugar Banana Rolls.

These rolls were sort of a happy accident. I didn't set out to make them. They just came about when I realized I had 2 overly ripe bananas sitting on my counter while I was proofing my yeast for some bread.

I was pleasantly surprised at how flavorful, soft and pillowy these rolls were. The banana gives it that subtle banana bread taste we all love, rolled up with butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple sugar, and topped with a maple syrup glaze and more maple sugar. Really, these are a good idea for your next brunch or special breakfast.

Maple Sugar Banana Rolls


1/2 cup warm water
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm whole milk
2 large eggs, beaten
2 large bananas overly ripe
3 tbs unsalted butter melted
3 tbs of maple syrup
1 tbs salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
5-6 cups bread flour (more if needed and for rolling)

4 tbs room temperature butter
1/3 cup maple sugar
1 tbs cinnamon
1/2 tbs nutmeg

3 tbs maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt


Mix warm water and yeast together and allow to sit until it starts to bubble.

In the bowl of your electric mixer using the dough hook, mix in milk, eggs, banana, butter, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg,and maple syrup together. Mix in yeast mixture and slowly mix in flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough comes together. Turn mixer to high and allow to mix (or knead) for 3-5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. If the at any point the dough is too moist you can mix in a 1/4 cup of flour at a time.

Turn dough out into a buttered bowl cover with plastic wrap or a dish towel and set in a warm spot to rise until dough has doubled.

Once dough has doubled,  place on a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin roll until it is about a 1/2-3/4 inch thick.

To fill spread butter covering the dough sprinkled with maple sugar and cinnamon roll dough into  a log starting on the long side.

Give the log a slight press, and slice into 1 1/2-2 inch thick slices. Place onto a buttered cookie sheet and allow to rise again until they have doubled in size.

Meanwhile preheat oven to 350.

Once rolls have doubled, bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.

To make the glaze whisk maple syrup, vanilla and powdered sugar together. Pour or drizzle over warm rolls.

Sprinkled with additional maple sugar *optional*

Recipe yields approximately 1.5 dozen rolls.



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  2. Love these rolls, they look so pillowy and delicious!

  3. I love this recipe Carrie! I've been stewing over banana rolls for awhile. Now I have a recipe!

  4. this looks fantastic!! I've been wanting to make a tasty roll just like this!

  5. Maple sugar?! Oh man. I eat that stuff by the spoonful. I could never bake with it but sprinkling them over these rolls sounds perfect!

    And the rolls look awesome. Can't wait to see what you do for Texas. :)

    1. Love maple sugar, so good sprinkled on toast or muffins. I'm still not sure what I'm doing to Texas. Give me some ideas!

    2. Texas is known for beef and BBQ, isn't it? Maybe something along those lines?

    3. @Jan I was thinking Brisket? Or perhaps Texas Sheet Cake.

  6. Ooh I have bananas ripening on the counter, begging to be made into these I think!
    Are you looking for suggestions at all for other states or do you have it all planned out already?

    1. I don't have them all planned out yet so I can always use suggestions ;)

  7. I love the 50 state recipe idea. And now I'm going to be on the edge of my seat waiting for you to post a recipe for Illinois, my home state. (Mostly because I myself cannot think of a recipe for Illinois.) These rolls look amazing, so I have high hopes! :)

    1. Chicago ... either hotdogs or deep dish pizza??

  8. Now these are some amazing rolls! I adore the combo of flavors you put into these, Carrie!! Your photos look scrumptious!

  9. You're amazing, Carrie. Full stop. The thought of making 50 recipes for 50 states would send me running for the hills. And brilliant move on putting the ripe bananas in these rolls - I have a bag of them in my freezer that are crying out to be made into this recipe. I love this flavour combo and your rolls look absolutely perfect.

    1. You should to it for Canada! Seriously... no running for the hills it's going to be fun.

  10. I love the combo in these rolls - my family would be begging for these every. single. day. And, your pictures are insane these days - great job again Carrie! You rock!

    1. Thanks Jess! My kids were quite smitten with them on Easter. The 3 of them ate almost all of them!

  11. Omg i am in HEAVEN with these rolls! I wish my happy accidents were so happy! I love banana bread, and cinn rolls, and maple...and love your creativity! And glad that your break recharged you and that you're doing a 50 states recipe project. Cool. Pinning!

  12. Blogging breaks are always much needed! And dude, these banana rolls - I NEED THEM IN MY LIFE!

  13. Can you substitute AP flour for bread flour. That's all I have and want to make these. ....
    Thanks, they look delicious!