What do you get when you take a good banana bread recipe and add brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese, nice ripe bananas, and some miniature chocolate chips? Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Banana Bites!
I have mentioned several times in my blog that I make a lot of banana bread during the year for a lot of different reasons. So, today I wanted to try a new little spin on this classic favorite and came up with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Banana Bites.
Does it sound good? Oh, they are!
Of course we have our favorite versions, but I’m always open to trying a new banana bread recipe! Banana bread is just a great way to start your day, but it’s also a great snack, or even dessert.
These banana bread bites are fantastic, whether you make them in bites, muffins, or as a loaf, they will be enjoyed by all. I assure you. 🙂
I’m not sure if you’ve seen the Kraft Philadelphia Brown Sugar Cinnamon cream cheese in your grocery store, but they had it deeply discounted here. With my $1.00 off coupon it was a great deal!
And, no, it’s not close to expiration. I’ll be honest with you guys I don’t really know if this is a seasonal item that didn’t sell well, or if it’s a flavor that has been around for a long time.
Many of you already know this but, cream cheese adds great moisture and flavor to baked goods. I’m not saying add it to everything you bake. But there is a time and a place in baking for products such as yogurt, cream cheese, and sour cream.
If you normally add yogurt to your banana bread, skip it this time, and add this cream cheese instead. Between the moisture from the bananas, and the moisture from the cream cheese, you have plenty of moisture going on. Anything more would just be too much, just saying.
Please don’t be afraid of the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese, it just adds a nice little touch to your banana bites. You know, that one ingredient that makes people feel like they’re really eating something special!
These make a great little gift for someone you really want to do something extra special for!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Banana Bites
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 regular or 3 small)
1 container Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese (8 ounces), softened
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 350F degrees. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg, milk and cream cheese. Add bananas; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes with a hand mixer, or stand mixer. Stir in miniature chocolate chips.
2. Pour into greased mini muffin pans. For all methods bake at 350F degrees. For miniature muffins bake 12-14 minutes, for regular muffins bake for 20-22 minutes.
Or pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes. For all methods bake for recommended time, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
3. Glaze mini muffins if desired. Serve and enjoy!