These Banana Scones with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The scones are drizzled with a sweet glaze, which makes these treats perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a mid-morning snack!
Whenever I think of scones, my mind immediately goes to a small, artsy cafe in Paris, with a shot of espresso. And the funny thing is that I’ve never even been to Paris! Scones just remind me of a fancy baked good, kind of like a croissant.
I’ve had my fair share of scones, though. Whenever I see one in a bakery or coffee shop, I start debating on whether I should test it out. But scones can be tricky. Some are too dry, others are too crumbly, and some even lack flavor.
Of course, not all scones are like that, but since I’m not a fan of dry baked goods, I’m kind of picky about them.
Since I set my requirements for scones pretty high, I decide to make some myself. After all, what could be better than a homemade scone, right? And because I’m crazy about banana bread, I think you can see why I decided to make these Banana Bread Scones with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze.
These glazed banana scones are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The scones are drizzled with a sweet glaze, which makes these treats perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a mid-morning snack!
And I’m not kidding when I say that these scones taste just like banana bread. In fact, when these were baking, the hubster walked in and immediately stated that his co-workers go crazy for my banana bread. Because, you know, his co-workers get to be the taste-testers of all my sweet treats!
Ingredients Needed for Banana Scones
These easy homemade scones have three components: the dough, the egg wash that’s brushed on just before baking, and the sweet cinnamon glaze.
For this banana scone recipe, you’ll need the following:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder and baking soda
- Granulated sugar
- Cinnamon and nutmeg
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla Greek yogurt
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla bean paste (or extract)
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Banana Scones
If the thought of making homemade scones scares you, I’m here to assure you that these are easy to make. After all, that’s what my recipes are all about!
- You’ll start by mixing together the dry ingredients, followed by the wet ingredients, and then the combining the two.
- I placed the dough into the freezer to chill for about 15 minutes, so that the scones were sure to bake up fluffy and beautiful.
- Bake until golden on the outside, then set aside.
- After the Banana Bread Scones have cooled, it’s time to make the irresistible Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze! Simply whisk together some softened cream cheese, powdered, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
I won’t tell if you sneak a spoonful (or three) of the sweet glaze before you frost the scones!
One bite of these Banana Bread Scones and your memories of the dry and flavorless kind will become a distant memory. Packed with a sweet banana flavor and soft texture, these scones will remind you of your favorite banana bread! The cream cheese glazes gives these scones the right amount of flavor, which results in an irresistible combination.
How to Store Scones
Unglazed scones can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days, noting that they become stale over time. Once glazed, I recommend storing the banana scones in the fridge since the glaze contains dairy.
Do I Have to Use Greek Yogurt?
If you don’t have any vanilla Greek yogurt on hand, you can try using plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, or possibly even buttermilk. I haven’t tried using sour cream or buttermilk though, so I can’t speak to the results.
Tips for Making the Best Homemade Scones
- Make sure the butter is cold before cutting it into the flour. If the butter is too warm, it won’t form crumbs.
- I recommend using ripe, but not black, bananas for this recipe.
- Wait until the scones have mostly cooled off before adding the glaze, otherwise it’ll slide right off.
If you’re looking for the perfect treat to pair with your morning cup of coffee, reach for those bananas and whip up these easy and delicious homemade banana bread scones!
Looking for more easy scone recipes? I’ve got you covered!
- Mini Strawberry Orange Scones
- Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze
- Red Velvet Scones
- White Chocolate Peppermint Scones
Banana Scones with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze
For the dough:
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small cubes
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 2-4 tablespoons milk (any kind)
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
For the egg wash:
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon water
For the glaze:
- 3 tablespoons cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Make the dough:
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add butter to flour mixture and cut with a pasty cutter or hands to resemble course crumbs. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, milk, and Greek yogurt. Whisk to fully incorporate. Pour the flour mixture into the banana mixture and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this will cause the dough to become tough.
- Dust a counter top or other flat surface with a thin coating of flour. Turn dough out onto floured surface and pat into an 8 inch circle.
- Transfer dough to a small plate or pan lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. This will help the scones to bake fluffy, otherwise dough may flatten if not chilled.
- While scones are chilling, preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Bake the scones:
- To prepare the egg wash, whisk egg and water in a small bowl.
- Remove dough from freezer, cut into 8 wedges, and place onto prepared pan. Lightly brush scones with egg wash. Place into the oven and bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Make the glaze:
- When scones have completely cooled, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. Drizzle over cooled scones.