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Banana Bread Coffee Cake – this EASY coffee cake recipe is full of banana bread flavor with a nutty streusel on top! It’s everyone’s favorite breakfast or brunch recipe!

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When you’re a blogger, you make lots of internet friends. The friends and community really are one of the best parts of blogging. After awhile, you no longer refer to them as internet or blogging friends…they’re just friends. Plain and simple.

It feels really weird talking to your real-life friends about your blogging friends. Like, “Yeah, my friend Ashton, you know, the one I met online. We chat all the time. Yeah, I met her online. She’s an blogging friend turned BFF.”

And then you get all sorts of funny looks. I liken it to internet dating. You meet online, you chat, you email, and then you finally meet in person. You’re nervous because what if it’s different than online? And then you realize you’re being stupid feeling freaked out because you practically do know these people, just not in person.

Anyway, long story short – I get to meet another of my internet/blogging turned real-life friends, Lisa, tomorrow!  She’ll be in town for a night and I’m going to drive down and meet her for dinner.

I am So. Flipping. Excited.

I just wish we could hang out longer, maybe see the sights and then have coffee and coffee cake together. Because this banana bread coffee cake is SO something we could bond over.

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It should come as no surprise that I am addicted to coffee cake. I have made so many versions: carrot cake, peanut butter, cinnamon roll pie, pumpkin, and zucchini. Why not add banana bread to that list?

For this recipe, I combined my mom’s banana bread and her coffee cake recipe to make an amazing banana bread coffee cake. It even has a pecan streusel topping. We all know, the streusel makes the coffee cake! And this one totally does!

And I also browned the butter. Have you ever had brown butter? It’s, like, the best thing everrrrr. I know it takes an extra step, but you should totally go for it. If it’s not your think, use regular melted butter.

The brown butter, the bananas, the streusel – this is one of my favorite coffee cakes yet!

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It would go perfectly with a cup of coffee…and a BFF.

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Banana Bread Coffee Cake

Banana Bread Coffee Cake - this EASY coffee cake recipe is full of banana bread flavor with a nutty streusel on top! It's everyone's favorite breakfast or brunch recipe!


  • For the Cake
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter — browned and divided
  • 2 tired bananas — mashed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • For the Streusel
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons reserved browned butter
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts — optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9” square pan or a 10” pie plate with cooking spray.
  2. Add 6 tablespoons of butter to a small frying pan. Cook over low heat, stirring until it browns. It will foam up, then turn brown. Keep stirring the entire time. Once it turns brown the foam will diminish and the butter will become golden. Remove from heat. You are using this butter for both the cake and streusel!
  3. Whisk flower, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  4. Mix sugar, 4 tablespoons of the browned butter, and egg in a large bowl. Stir in milk and mashed bananas. Stir dry ingredients into wet and stir until just combined.
  5. Make the crumb topping: stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, remaining browned butter, and nuts.
  6. Place the cake batter in the pan and spread to fit. Top with the streusel. Bake for 25-29 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (Mine too 26 minutes in a 10” pie plate.)

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  1. This cake looks great and have a blast with Lisa. I agree that blog friends become real friends, even if you’ve never met! And then one day you finally do and will 🙂

  2. Love banana everything! This is my kind of breakfast.

  3. You could leave some of this in my freezer if you’re bringing it down to share with Lisa…lol
    Have fun, Mom

  4. Sounds delicious! I love anything banana! Have fun with Lisa!

  5. This sounds incredible! I love coffee cake, especially with pecans! My bananas are ready right now too!
    Have fun meeting up with your bloggy friend! I’d like to meet you!!!

  6. This looks amazing! I can’t wait until we get to meet in real life!!! Have fun with Lisa!

  7. have fun together tomorrow! I’m sure there will be instagram and tweets to follow! This cake…oh girl, I love a good breakfast cake!

  8. Oh I love that I don’t have to choose but I can both for breakfast with this!!! Also I love having you as one of my bloggy real friends!!!

  9. This cake looks so good! I love bananas! Have fun with, Lisa! Blogging friends are the best because they can relate! It is awesome!

  10. How fun for you and lisa tomorrow! WIsh I could go 🙁 But looking at this cake makes it all better, I love coffee cake, because its cake for breakfast!! Banana bread and coffee cake just sound like they go together, surprised I have never seen one before!! Yours looks aHhhh MAzing!!

  11. I’m with your mom, please leave some in my freezer!! I think this blogging world is funny, I realized there are certain bloggers I talk to more than some members of my family! Have fun!

  12. The blog world has been so fun to follow! Like getting to see all the pics from the Duncan Hines weekend … you all truly are friends! So fun. And combining coffee cake and banana bread is just genius. You blow my mind, Dorothy! I would eat half of this for sure!

  13. Son made this without browning butter just as awesome tasting…..YUM-O

  14. I wish I could call you right now. I am making this coffee cake this morning and your recipe doesn’t say when to put the mashed bananas in. I am going to assume that I should put them in with the sugar, egg and butter. Hopefully it works right. Looking forward to eating this

    • OMG YES! I’m SOOOOOO sorry. My mind….it’s just unbelievable right now. Thank you for alerting me to my mistake. I swear, I do proofread, but I feel like I need an actual editor sometimes!

  15. Your banana bread crossed with coffee cake is genius, Dorothy! And I love what browning the butter does to banana recipes. I’ve actually been experimenting with some browned butter banana bars myself… 🙂 Have a great bloggy meet-up with Lisa…fun!

  16. I love banana bread EVERYTHING; this needs to make an appearance alongside my coffee in the morning. Have a blast with Lisa – I’m so jelly!

  17. Have a fun time with Lisa! I would come visit just to have a slice of this Banana Coffee Cake, Yum!

  18. I was just trying to think of ways to use up old bananas a couple of days ago! Now I wish I had some old bananas left!

  19. Yay for meeting blog friends! It is one of the best things about blogging, for sure!

  20. I can completely relate! I have gotten strange looks when I gush about my blog friends to people! They just don’t get it! 😉 And giiiirl, this banana bread coffee cake is killer!

  21. Non bloggers just don’t get iiiit lol

    This coffee cake looks fab-I love the banana bread twist!

  22. Aww I saw your photos on Instagram of crossing the new Bay Bridge to see Lisa. I hope you two had a fabulous time!! (And I totally had the jitters before meeting you for the first time. Butterflies in my tummy all the way across the Causeway!) Coffee cake is my FAVORITE breakfast treat. Ever. Especially when it has a super thick layer of crumb topping. And banana bread? Such a great idea! I’d eat half the pan in one sitting. No joke!

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  27. This looks so darn good!  I am sharing on FB this evening to help YG celebrate National Banana Bread Day!  Thank you for continuing to submit wonderful recipes to us as we redesign the YG website!  Thank you!  Kelli and Holli from Yum Goggle

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  29. I just made this and it’s amazing! I was getting sick of making banana bread and chocolate chip banana bread for the kids with old bananas, so this recipe was such a breath of fresh air! Delicious!

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