Moist and Fluffy Banana Coffee Cake Recipe

Welcome coffee lovers and baking enthusiasts! Today, I have an irresistible treat for you – a Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel recipe that will surely tickle your taste buds.

Picture a scrumptious banana bread recipe fused with silky chocolate chips, generously dolloped with a crunchy streusel topping. Yum! This banana coffee cake is ideal for breakfast, a midday snack, or even dessert. Plus, it pairs beautifully with dark roast coffee or a warm mug of tea.

As a barista and home baker, I wanted to share this recipe with you because it’s the perfect way to bring everyone together around the kitchen table. The aromas of buttermilk, bananas, and walnuts mixed in with freshly baked cake will spread all throughout your home, inviting people to gather and share stories over slices of this mouth-watering cake.

So grab your aprons and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel
Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Are you tired of making the same old boring coffee cake every weekend? Look no further! This Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel recipe is the perfect way to shake things up a bit.

First and foremost, this recipe is bursting with flavor. The combination of fresh bananas, semisweet chocolate chips, and a touch of cinnamon will tantalize your taste buds like never before. But what truly sets this recipe apart is the indulgent chocolate chip streusel that perfectly complements the moist banana cake.

But it’s not just about the taste – this recipe is also incredibly versatile. Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast pastry or a rich dessert, it can be tailored to fit any occasion. Simply pair it with a hot cup of coffee for a morning treat or serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an after-dinner delight.

Additionally, this recipe is easy to make with ingredients that are readily available at your local grocery store. You don’t need any fancy equipment or obscure ingredients – just your trusty mixing bowl and measuring cups.

Finally, if you’re someone who likes to make ahead and save time, this recipe is also perfect for meal prepping. It can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days and reheated in the oven or microwave for a quick snack on-the-go.

All in all, this Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel recipe is sure to impress anyone who tries it. So why settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary? Give it a try and see for yourself why you’ll love this recipe!

Ingredient List

 This coffee cake has the perfect combination of banana and chocolate chip flavors!
This coffee cake has the perfect combination of banana and chocolate chip flavors!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients we need for this delicious banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel recipe. Don’t worry, all of these ingredients are easy to find and perfect for any breakfast or brunch treat! Here are the ingredients we’ll need:

For the cake:

  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 bananas depending on size)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

For the streusel:

  • 1/3 cup golden brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

The Recipe How-To

 The streusel topping adds a delicious crunch to every bite.
The streusel topping adds a delicious crunch to every bite.

Now, let’s get down to the main event: creating this delicious banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel recipe. The steps are relatively simple, but they do require precise measurements and techniques to ensure the success of the final product.

Preparing the Batter

Firstly, preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C. Butter and flour an 8x8x2 inch metal baking pan, set aside.

Before you start preparing the ingredients, ensure your butter is at room temperature which means it should be soft enough to dent easily when pressed. Then in a bowl, mix all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Set that aside for now.

Next, cream 1/2 cup of unsalted butter with 1 cup of granulated sugar until it’s light and fluffy. You can do this by using a hand mixer or a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes. Add in one large egg then continue to mix until fully incorporated.

In a separate bowl, mash two ripe bananas with the back of a fork then add in 1/4 cup of buttermilk and stir well.

Gradually adding in the dry ingredients mixture into the creamed butter mixture alternatively with the wet ingredients mixture (banana mixture) beating after each addition beginning and ending with dry ingredient mixture until combined.

Fold in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips into the batter then pour it into your prepared pan.

Making the Streusel Topping

For toppings; prepare the streusel by mixing all-purpose flour (2/3), brown sugar (1/2), cinnamon (1 tbsp) and remaining half-cup chocolate chips in a small bowl until well blended.

Then cut in six tablespoons of unsalted butter using either two knives or pastry blend, until the mixture becomes crumbly. Finally, add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts into the bowl and mix well.

Spread the streusel topping over the batter. Then set the pan aside.

Baking Time!

Place the pan in the oven and bake for approximately 50 to 60 minutes, or until a fork or toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Once done, let it cool, then slice and serve with your preferred drinks or cream cheese. Enjoy your banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel!

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma of fresh-baked banana coffee cake is simply irresistible.
The aroma of fresh-baked banana coffee cake is simply irresistible.

If you’re looking to switch things up and put your own spin on this banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel recipe, here are a few substitutions and variations that you can try out:

– Instead of buttermilk, you can use plain yogurt or sour cream for a tangy taste.

– You can add in some shredded coconut or dried cranberries to the streusel topping for some added texture and flavor.

– If you don’t have any walnuts on hand, use pecans or almonds for some crunch.

– For a gluten-free option, substitute the all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour. Just be mindful that the texture may differ slightly from the original recipe.

– If you want to make these into muffins instead of a cake, simply pour the batter into greased muffin tins and reduce the baking time to about 20 minutes.

– For those who love cream cheese, you can make a cream cheese glaze by mixing together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and some vanilla extract until smooth. Drizzle it over the cooled banana coffee cake for a sweet finish.

Remember, experimenting with substitutions and variations is part of the fun when trying out new recipes. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your ingredients!

Serving and Pairing

 If you're a fan of banana bread, this coffee cake is sure to satisfy.
If you’re a fan of banana bread, this coffee cake is sure to satisfy.

Once you’ve baked up a batch of this delicious banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel, the next step is to serve it up and enjoy! While banana and chocolate always go well together, there’s more than one way to enjoy this coffee cake.

If you’re looking for a morning treat, pair a slice of this cake with your favorite cup of coffee. The subtle banana flavor pairs perfectly with your daily cup of joe, making for a satisfying breakfast or mid-morning snack. Alternatively, a warm slice of banana coffee cake topped with cream cheese frosting makes for an indulgent dessert or afternoon tea-time treat.

Of course, there’s no need to limit yourself to just one serving option. This banana coffee cake can also be served alongside fresh berries or sliced fruit for a light and refreshing accompaniment. For an added crunch, try pairing with chopped walnuts or pecans.

However you choose to serve it, one thing is for sure – your taste buds will thank you! With moist banana cake and decadent chocolate chip streusel, this recipe is sure to satisfy any sweet cravings. So why not whip up a batch today and enjoy it in your preferred way?

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Don't forget to brew a cup of coffee to enjoy alongside this delectable treat.
Don’t forget to brew a cup of coffee to enjoy alongside this delectable treat.

The aroma of this delicious banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel recipe can fill the air in your kitchen and make your home feel cozy and inviting. If you are short on time or want to prepare ahead, you can easily make this coffee cake in advance and store it properly for later use.

To make ahead, simply bake the coffee cake and wait for it to cool completely. Once cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, and finally in a resealable bag. You can store it at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

If you prefer to freeze the banana coffee cake, let it cool completely after baking and wrapping. Then place it in a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to three months. When ready to serve, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.

Reheating this banana coffee cake is very simple as well. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and unwrap the cake from its protective layers. Place the coffee cake on a baking sheet and heat it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. You can also warm individual slices quickly in the microwave.

When serving this delicious treat, you can pair it with a cup of hot coffee or cold milk. It makes an excellent finish to any meal or a thoughtful gift for someone special. Trust me; you won’t regret having made too much of this delightful banana coffee cake!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This recipe is easy to make and perfect for a morning or afternoon snack.
This recipe is easy to make and perfect for a morning or afternoon snack.

As a barista, one of the most important things I have learned is that making coffee is both an art and a science. Similarly, making a perfect banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel requires a careful balance of ingredients and techniques. Here are some tips that will help you achieve optimal results:

Firstly, make sure to use ripe bananas for this recipe as they will mash easily and provide a sweeter flavor to the cake. Another key ingredient in this recipe is buttermilk which adds a tangy flavor to the cake while also providing tenderness and moisture to the crumb.

To ensure that your banana coffee cake comes out perfectly moist and tender, it’s crucial to not overmix once you’ve added the dry ingredients. Overmixing can lead to a tough and rubbery texture. Instead, gently fold in the dry ingredients until just combined.

When making the chocolate chip streusel, use chilled butter and handle it as little as possible. The goal is to have small clumps of butter dispersed throughout the mixture so that it forms a crumbly topping when baked. Also, make sure to stir the chocolate chips, brown sugar and walnuts together before sprinkling them over the batter.

To prevent sticking, butter and flour your baking pan thoroughly before adding in the batter. For even better results, line your pan with parchment paper which will make it easier to remove your cake without leaving any crumbs behind.

Finally, resist the urge to cut into your cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Allow it to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving so that it can settle and retain its shape.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a scrumptious banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel that would be perfect for any family gathering or weekend brunch.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel recipe is a perfect choice for any coffee lover or dessert enthusiast. With its moist and tender crumb, bursting banana flavor, and a gooey chocolate chip streusel topping, this cake will please your taste buds in every single bite.

Whether you’re hosting a brunch, celebrating a special occasion, or craving something sweet for breakfast, this recipe makes an excellent addition to your menu. It’s easy to make, customizable to your liking, and will impress your guests like no other.

So why settle for plain coffee when you can treat yourself to a delicious slice of banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel? Give this recipe a try and see how it quickly becomes your go-to dessert for any occasion!

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel Recipe

This recipe comes from Bon Appetit. Make sure you use very ripe bananas for this one to give it lots of flavor!
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 343.7 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 8 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 large)
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Butter and flour 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan.
  • Stir chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in small bowl until well blended; set streusel aside.
  • Sift all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl.
  • Using electric mixer, beat sugar, room temperature butter, and egg in large bowl until fluffy.
  • Beat in mashed bananas and buttermilk.
  • Add dry ingredients and blend well.
  • Spread half of batter (about 2 cups) in prepared baking pan.
  • Sprinkle with half of streusel.
  • Repeat with remaining batter and streusel.
  • Bake coffee cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  • Cool coffee cake in pan on rack.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 94gCalories: 343.7kcalCarbohydrates: 48.8gProtein: 4gFat: 16.8gSaturated Fat: 8.5gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 165.7mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 32.3g
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