Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Banana Roll


Banana Roll

Yes, Banana Roll. It's what happens when you have more "just about to go bad bananas" than you can use. It's what happens when you find a pack of cream cheese in the fridge. It's what happens because it's Manifest Destiny.

Very similar to the Pumpkin Roll, different flavors, same filling, completely delicious. This is of course best kept in the freezer and thawed for a few minutes before slicing. If you don't keep it frozen when you slice it, it will crush.

Banana Roll
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
3 very ripe bananas, mashed with a potato masher
BEST Cream Cheese Frosting--recipe below

heat oven to 375°
grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan, line with wax paper
grease and flour paper 
sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar and set aside 
stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl
beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick
beat in mashed bananas
stir in flour mixture
spread evenly into prepared pan
bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched
immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel
carefully peel off paper, roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end
cool on wire rack
carefully unroll cake
spread frosting over cake
re-roll the cake then wrap in plastic wrap and freeze
when ready to serve remove from the freezer let sit for 5-10 minutes then slice and serve
BEST Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 Tablespoons butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until smooth,
beat in 2 cups powdered sugar, granulated sugar
add more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached
 So buy too many over ripe bananas and whip up one of these babies, you'll love it. Your family will too, if they get any of it.
Peace and Love--


  1. Holy lord, I love pumpkin rolls, so I'm sure I'd love this banana roll!

  2. I always in look out for Banana recipe, this one sounds delicious.,

  3. OMG yum! I'll be right over and I'll bring the coffee. :)


  4. Holy smokes Laura, that looks incredible. thanks for sharing this recipe, I've bookmarked it to try sometime soon.

  5. This looks delicious and your roll is perfectly sliced. Great tip to freeze it before slicing. I just made a cake roll today, so I'm going to try that!

  6. Oh my goodness! Yes please!! Going to make this! :)

    1. I have the cake baking right now, but I noticed an error in your recipe. In the ingredients you list ginger, but in the directions you say cloves. Which is it?

    2. YES Ginger--sheesh I think my brain fell out--but here's the thing...cloves are amazing in this too OR pumpkin pie spice if you like!

    3. I ended up doing 1/4 tsp ginger and 1/4 cloves. Yummy recipe! Thanks!


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