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Mary-ified Banana Butterscotch Sticky Buns

Updated: Jun 16

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I remember this recipe fondly from my childhood. Warn, pecan-filled banana sticky buns were the BEST. The original recipe was actually in the OG Bisquick Cookbook (do you remember when companies made their own cookbooks - the Robin Hood Flour one was great too!), and it called for just Bisquick and banana to make the dough. How easy is that? But, here we’ve gluten-free-dairy-free-ified it. And is actually vegan too (depending on what oil/butter you choose).

These aren’t your fluffy yeasted cinnamon rolls that take hours to make, but a quick & easy recipe to pull together when you feel like a sticky bun. I wanted to Paleo-ize this recipe, but your topping will turn out a little nicer looking if you use real or vegan butter (the coconut oil topping separated - though still tastes great!!)


1/2c brown/coconut sugar

1/2c shortening/coconut oil/vegan butter, softened

1/2c pecans, roughly chopped (or 36 pecans if using muffin pan)


2c flour (we used Ardent Mills gluten free flour blend, new to our Costco)

1 tbsp baking powder

3 tbsp liquid oil (avocado, olive oil, melted coconut oil, etc - we used melted coconut oil)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp white/coconut sugar

2 ripe medium bananas, mashed (about 1c)


2 tbsp shortening/coconut oil/vegan butter, softened

1/4c brown/coconut sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Place topping in parchment lined pan*, then place in oven to melt sugar & butter/oil.

  3. Combine dough ingredients until a soft dough forms, then knead until smooth.

  4. Roll dough into 15x9 rectangle. Spread with 2tbsp butter/oil, then sprinkle with sugar. (**This is where you can add the optional cinnamon & extra pecans if you like!)

  5. Roll up tightly and slice into 12 pieces. Place on pan on top of melted “topping”, and bake for 20 minutes. Immediately invert pan onto a baking sheet, cutting board or cooling rack. Leave pan over rolls for a few minutes, then remove pan and parchment. Enjoy warm!!

  6. Makes 12 small sticky buns. Want them bigger? Use a 8x8 pan, and cut into 9 pieces. (Keep an eye on them in the oven, as they will need a few more minutes extra bake time too).

*Alternate pan option: my mom always used a muffin pan, putting 2tsp of sugar & butter into each muffin cup, as well as 3 pecans.

**Option: my mom liked to sprinkle cinnamon and extra pecans with the filling, before rolling up - Ha ha, so, I used to cringe at my mom putting nuts into everything (even plain homemade chocolate chip cookies got walnuts or pecans… but now as a grown up, I totally get it!)

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