February 14, 2016

Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread

Happy Valentine's Day!  What kind of plans do you have for today?  I will be staying home and making some delicious pasta and Fabulous Focaccia Bread and relaxing.  The Walking Dead starts tonight and I can't wait!!!  Raise your hand if you love that show too :)

If you are wanting to make something delicious for your sweetie, this bread is a fabulous choice.

It took me a few tries to get this bread right.  It all started when one of my co-workers gave me a loaf of Cinnamon Swirl Bread from a local bakery.  That was the best darn bread and I immediately began thinking of how to make a copy-cat version.  BUT, I knew their bread was loaded with a bajillian calories, so I wanted a slightly healthier version that I didn't have to feel guilty about eating.  I'm not saying my bread is healthy, but it does have half as much butter than most quick bread recipes and it's loaded with healthy Greek yogurt.  

This bread is really really good, it's so soft and tender with an ooey gooey cinnamon swirl throughout and it's covered in vanilla icing.  A cream cheese icing would be fabulous too.  It stays soft for several days.  My whole family loves it and I'm planning to make another batch tonight.

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Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1/4 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Cinnamon Swirl Layer

2 1/2 Tbl. sugar
2 1/2 Tbl. light brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbl. water 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang, so you can easily remove the bread from the pan and spray with cooking spray; set aside.  Combine all of the cinnamon swirl layer ingredients; set aside.  In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.  Add the egg, egg white and vanilla.  In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add dry ingredients alternately with the Greek yogurt to the creamed butter mixture, starting and ending with dry.  Batter will be very thick.

Spread just over half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Top with the cinnamon swirl layer, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge.  Top with remaining batter and spread out as evenly as possible.  As the bread bakes, it will create swirls of the cinnamon layer.  Bake for 43-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.  If the bread is beginning to brown too much, tent with a piece of foil.  Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely.  Meanwhile, make icing and drizzle over the bread.  Allow icing to harden, slice and serve.

Vanilla Icing

1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1-2 tsp. milk, or as much as needed

Combine powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 teaspoon of milk and stir together until smooth.  If it's too thick, add a tiny bit more milk until it reaches desired consistency.  


  1. Oh my goodness..what is it a cinnamon swirl that makes me swoon? Looks amazing and just love your site..so many delicious things I want to make!

  2. Had to include this in my weekly post roundup..to tasty looking not to! :)

  3. Love quick bread! I'm glad you could make this a healthier version ;)

  4. I didn't have plain yogurt so I used blueberry yogurt instead and then I added one cup of blueberries to it to make a Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread. It came out pretty good :)

    1. That sounds way good to me. Great idea!

  5. Thank you! I made this and it was really tasty--even though I made a lot of substitutions:
    Salted butter and no salt instead of salted butter
    full-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of nonfat
    white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose
    dark brown sugar instead of light

    I also made only half the icing and iced only half the bread so that my friends could have it either iced or not. They mostly chose not! I like it both ways, though.

    When I'm really in the mood for cinnamon rolls, this will satisfy me in a much healthier way than buying some in a can at the store (even though they of course are not exactly the same).

    This was a tiny bit more crumbly than I like, but quite good for having only half a stick of butter. I may use this as a base for other flavors in the future.

    And I do recommend subbing white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour for all-purpose white flour--it tastes just as good but you also get fiber. (I don't think it works for yeast bread, but it does work for quick breads, cookies, pie crusts, and cake.)

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