Banana Bread Rolls

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Let’s make bread rolls with a twist! These Banana Bread Rolls are naturally sweetened, fluffy, and the perfect bread for sandwiches, or the perfect substitute for regular dinner rolls!

Banana bread rolls in pan with one bread roll on top showing fluffiness

I don’t know about you but I’m already in the mood for fall baking. So let’s make something different from classic banana bread: Banana Bread Rolls!

These bread rolls made with bananas are soft, fluffy, with natural sweetness from the bananas and the perfect way to use up overripe bananas! They remind me of hot cross buns but they are not as dense. So so fluffy!

Also check out these recipes for Banana Fritters and Banana Pancakes.

The Ingredients

You only need 6 simple ingredients for Banana Bread Rolls.

Ingredients for bread rolls made with banana on a chopping board
  • Bananas – preferably use overripe bananas as they are very soft and very sweet. But regular ripe bananas will work as well. If they are not easy to mash puree them in the blender (don’t add any water when pureeing!)
  • Eggs – for richness
  • Oil – any neutral tasting oil would work.
  • Flour – I used all-purpose flour but you could use bread flour as well.
  • Yeast – to help the rolls rise and for fluffiness. I used instant yeast.
  • Salt – for flavor. Don’t skip it except for medical reasons.

See the recipe card below with a detailed list of ingredients and instructions.

Bread rolls in a pan with one missing

How To Make Banana Bread Rolls

  1. First mash the bananas using a fork or puree them in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and mix to form a dough.
  3. Knead the dough until smooth.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape or roll each piece into a ball and place into a baking dish rubbed with oil or butter.
Bread Rolls formed into a ball and placed in a baking dish

5. Let the dough rise in a warm place for about one hour until increased in size.

Pan filled with risen rolls

6. Bake until golden brown and completely cooked through.

Fully baked bread rolls in pan

Serving Tip: Serve Banana Bread Rolls warm slathered with butter. It also goes well with cream cheese!

Variations

Trying switching up your Banana Bread Rolls by try the following variations.

  • Chocolate chips – add chocolate chips when kneading the dough to to make Banana Bread Rolls with Chocolate Chips.
  • Raisins – if you love raisins, add some raisins while kneading the dough or any other dried fruit.
  • Nuts – if you like nutty breads with texture, chop and add nuts like walnuts or pecans to the dough.
  • Spiced – add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for Spiced Banana Bread Rolls.

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Rolls in a pan with one roll on top to show fluffiness

Banana Bread Rolls

5 from 3 votes
These Banana Bread Rolls are soft fluffy, with flavor from the bananas and natural sweetness from the bananas. They are a great substitute to typical dinner rolls and a great way to use up overripe bananas.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 52 minutes
Servings: 12 rolls

Ingredients  

  • 3 medium bananas makes about 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • ¼ cup olive oil or any other neutral-tasting oil
  • 4-5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Instructions 

  • Thoroughly grease a 9 by 13 inches baking dish with butter or oil.
  • Mash the bananas into a paste using a fork or potato masher. Mash them to be as smooth as you can get them.
  • To a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer or bread machine add the mashed bananas and all the other ingredients. Start with 4 cups of flour. Mix until combined. Then knead and add flour as needed until the dough is soft to the touch but not too sticky. I used 4½ cups of flour. You'll use more or less flour depending on the size of your bananas.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece to form a ball and place into the greased 9 by 13 inches baking dish.
  • Let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour. I let it rise in my oven with my oven turned off. My oven is often slightly warm even when turned off. After 1 hours the rolls should have risen significantly.
  • As the rolls rise preheat oven to 350° F or 180° C.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes until brown on top and cooked through. After the first 15 minutes, check the rolls, if they are browning too quickly, loosely cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Serve warm slathered with butter!

Notes

Nutritional information is per roll.

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Western
Calories: 229
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4 Comments

    1. Hi Rita, sorry to hear that. Did you use yeast as mentioned in the recipe? Did you let the dough rise in a warm place? The dough should be soft.
      If you give me more information, maybe I could help detect what went wrong.

  1. I tried making this recipe. Not sure if my bananas were in the small side but the dough was to rough and dry. It made it hard to knead with the called for 4 cups of flour. Is there a way to rectify or is it lost?

    1. Hi Jack, you could add a little water to loosen up the dough. My guess is that your bananas were larger than mine. Let me know if this helps.