Deliciously moist banana maple nut coffee cake recipe

Greetings coffee enthusiasts! I’m excited to share with you the recipe for my latest creation- a Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake that will tantalize your taste buds and awaken your senses.

As a barista, my love for coffee runs deep, and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate it into new and exciting creations. And what’s better than combining your morning cup of Joe with a delicious piece of coffee cake? That’s right, nothing.

The texture of this coffee cake is moist and crumbly, with a subtle hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Topped with a crunchy walnut streusel and finished off with a rich maple glaze, every bite is an explosion of flavors.

Whether you’re hosting a brunch or just enjoying a lazy Sunday morning, this Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake is the perfect pairing for your coffee fix. Trust me; this recipe is going to become your new addiction.

So get your apron and ingredients ready, coffee lovers – we’re about to embark on an indulgent journey that will leave you craving more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake
Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake

If you’re a fan of coffee and cake, then this banana maple nut coffee cake recipe is bound to be your new favorite! This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the warmth of baked goods, but with a little extra kick of caffeine.

Not only does this recipe use bananas, which means that it’s naturally moist and delicious, but it also includes chopped walnuts for a satisfying crunch in every bite. And let’s not forget the star of the show – the maple syrup! The sweet yet earthy flavor of maple gives this cake a unique twist that you won’t find in any other coffee cake recipe.

One thing I love about this recipe is how easy it is to make substitutions and variations. Don’t have walnuts? Try using pecans or almonds instead. Want to make it gluten-free? Swap out the all-purpose flour for coconut flour. The possibilities are endless!

This recipe also makes a great dessert for any occasion. Whether you’re having a family brunch or need to bring something to a potluck, this banana maple nut coffee cake will impress everyone. Plus, it’s a nice change from the typical banana bread or plain coffee cake.

Finally, let’s talk about the aroma that fills your entire home while this cake is baking – warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg wafting through your kitchen, making your mouth water with anticipation. There truly is nothing better than enjoying a slice of freshly baked banana maple nut coffee cake as you sip on your morning cup of joe.

In summary, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to add a little extra excitement to their coffee and cake routine. With its unique blend of bananas, walnuts, and maple syrup, as well as its endless variations and delightful flavor profile, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this deliciously moist and fragrant cake.

Ingredient List

 A slice of blissful banana maple nut coffee cake
A slice of blissful banana maple nut coffee cake

What You Need

  • Flour (2 cups, all-purpose)
  • Baking Soda (1 tsp)
  • Baking Powder (1 tsp)
  • Salt (½ tsp)
  • Cinnamon, ground (2 teaspoons)
  • Walnuts, chopped and toasted (1 ½ cups)
  • Brown Sugar (1 ¼ cups, light brown sugar)
  • Granulated Sugar (1 cup)
  • Unsalted Butter (1 cup, room temperature)
  • Eggs (3 large)
  • Maple Syrup (¼ cup)
  • Ripe Bananas (3 large, mashed)

For the Maple Walnut Streusel Topping

  • Flour (⅓ cup, all-purpose)
  • Granulated Sugar (⅓ cup)
  • Brown Sugar (⅓ cup, packed brown sugar)
  • Cinnamon, ground (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt (¼ teaspoon)
  • Walnuts, chopped and toasted (1/4 cup)
  • Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled. (4 tablespoons)

For the Maple Glaze:

  • Powdered Sugar (1 ½ cups )
  • Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled. (2 tablespoons )
  • Maple Syrup (¾ cups, or more to adjust consistency)

Note: Make sure to use ripe bananas to ensure a moist banana coffee cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Start your morning with a divine dose of caffeine
Start your morning with a divine dose of caffeine

Now that we have introduced the scrumptious Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake recipe and convinced you that it is your next favorite treat, let’s move on to the exciting part, the how-to of this moist and flavorful coffee cake. Get ready to see how bananas, maple syrup, and walnuts are combined to create a perfect treat for brunch or dessert.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with butter and flour.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well until everything is combined.

  3. In another medium-size mixing bowl, mash 3 ripe bananas with a fork until they are almost pureed.

  4. Add 2/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/3 cup brown sugar into the mashed bananas.

  5. Melt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, then add it to the banana mixture.

  6. Next up, break 2 large eggs into the same bowl with the mashed bananas and mix everything together until smooth.

  7. Gradually pour the dry ingredients mix into the wet ingredients bowl while continuously mixing until everything is well combined.

  8. Add chop walnuts into the dough mixture and stir everything again.

  9. Pour half of the mixture into the greased baking dish; sprinkle the crumble mixture on top of it and cover it with the rest of the dough mixture.

  10. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.

  11. After about 10 minutes of cooling down time, use maple glaze to cover over your delicious coffee cake for extra sweetness!

By following these steps closely, you will surely get an amazing result of a delicious and moist Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake that will please everyone’s taste buds. You can serve it for breakfast, dessert or any occasion that suits you best.

Enjoy this recipe!

Substitutions and Variations

 This cake combines two breakfast favorites: coffee and banana bread
This cake combines two breakfast favorites: coffee and banana bread

Are you looking to switch up the flavors in this delicious banana maple nut coffee cake recipe? There are a few ways to make some substitutions and variations to make it just right for you.

First, if you’re not a fan of walnuts, try using pecans instead. They have a similar flavor profile but with a sweeter and slightly more delicate taste. You can also use almonds or hazelnuts if you prefer.

For an extra sweet and indulgent twist, swap out the maple syrup for honey or golden syrup. Both will add a rich and buttery sweetness that pairs perfectly with the banana and nut flavors in the cake.

If you’re looking to make this recipe a bit healthier, try swapping all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or even coconut flour for a paleo-friendly option. You can also reduce the sugar content by using natural sweeteners like mashed bananas or applesauce.

To transform this recipe into a gluten-free version, use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of regular flour. Additionally, you can omit the streusel topping to lower the calorie intake.

Lastly, if you want an extra boozy breakfast (or dessert), add a drizzle of bourbon or rum to the maple glaze. This will warm up your taste buds with an intensified flavor that compliments the hearty coffee cake well.

Whether you’re making substitutions for health reasons or just crave variety, these tips will help you personalize this recipe to your liking. Enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 A coffee cake so good, you'll want it for dessert too
A coffee cake so good, you’ll want it for dessert too

When it comes to serving this delicious banana maple nut coffee cake, I have two words for you: hot coffee. A freshly brewed cup of coffee pairs perfectly with this sweet and nutty indulgence. The flavors of the walnuts, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon are accentuated by a bold cup of coffee.

This recipe is perfect for any time of day where you want to relax and treat yourself to a flavorful dessert. It is especially great for weekend brunches or gatherings with friends and family.

For serving, I recommend slicing the cake into generous portions and serving it warm. You can top it with a simple dusting of powdered sugar for a subtle sweetness or go all out and add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.

If you’re all about combining flavors, pair the cake with a dark roasted coffee that has hints of chocolate or fruit notes; it will be pure bliss for your taste buds.

One interesting pairing option is pairing this banana maple nut coffee cake with bourbon – yes, you read that right! Pour yourself a glass of maple bourbon or serve it in cocktails like a bourbon banana bread coffee, and you’ll be surprised by the depth of flavor that happens.

Overall, this banana maple nut coffee cake is an indulgent treat that pairs well with hot coffee, bourbon, or even served alone as dessert slices after your meal. Enjoy its rich flavors alone or paired with your favorite drink – either way, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Nutty, sweet, and oh-so-good
Nutty, sweet, and oh-so-good

As a barista, I know that making ahead and storing food is a key component to smooth mornings and an overall balanced lifestyle. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to feel rushed in the morning, then this section is for you! The best part? You can easily make this delicious banana maple nut coffee cake ahead of time.

For those of you who have busy schedules, I suggest prepping this coffee cake recipe the night before. You can store it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and leave it at room temperature. In the morning, simply reheat individual slices in the microwave for about 15 seconds or in a toaster oven for a crispy exterior.

If you prefer to make the cake further ahead, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator for up to three days. This will allow the flavors to meld and intensify over time. When you are ready to enjoy again, bring your cake to room temperature before reheating.

If you want to make even more quick breakfasts or snacks out of this recipe, consider doubling it! Another great option is freezing individual slices of banana maple nut coffee cake in a zip-top freezer bag for up to one month. Be sure to date and label the bag so that you remember what’s inside!

When it comes time to reheat frozen slices, they can be easily defrosted overnight in the fridge or quickly reheated in the microwave as previously mentioned.

No matter how you choose to prepare and store your banana maple nut coffee cake recipe, I guarantee it will be delicious!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect balance of bananas, maple syrup, and coffee
The perfect balance of bananas, maple syrup, and coffee

Now, let me give you some tips to ensure the perfect Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake every time.

Firstly, make sure not to overmix the batter as this can result in a dense and less fluffy cake. To avoid overmixing, mix just until all of the ingredients are combined and then stop.

Secondly, do not use frozen bananas for this recipe. Ripe bananas add moisture and sweetness to the cake, which is necessary to get that perfect texture and flavor in your coffee cake.

Thirdly, ensure that the butter is at room temperature before mixing it with the sugar. Creaming the softened butter and sugar together will create air pockets in the batter which will help the cake rise well.

For those who like their coffee cake sweeter, you can increase the amount of maple syrup in the recipe or try using a maple glaze instead of streusel topping.

Lastly, it is essential to let the cake cool down completely before slicing it. A warm or hot cake will crumble and fall apart easily.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can be sure to have a consistently delicious Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake every time you bake it.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect pastry for coffee lovers who enjoy nutty, sweet and delectable flavors in every bite. This recipe is quick and easy to make, and it allows for many delicious variations such as using pecans instead of walnuts, or adding a maple bourbon glaze to give it an extra kick.

By following my detailed instructions, tips and recommendations you will end up with a moist banana cake with tender crumb, with layers of toasted walnuts and brown sugar streusel on top. Not only will it fill your kitchen with a delightful aroma of baked bananas and maple syrup but also it is the perfect addition to any breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea.

With its golden brown topping and mouthwatering flavor profile, this recipe is sure to become your go-to coffee cake recipe for any occasion. So why not try out the Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake recipe today? I promise it will exceed your expectations and leave you wanting more.

Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake

Banana Maple Nut Coffee Cake Recipe

Maple Syrup, with it's rich, natural flavor, is by far my favorite sweetener. You can substitute honey, if that's what you have on hand.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 444.4 kcal



  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


  • To make the topping mix all ingredients together using your fingers or a wooden spoon, mix in the nuts.
  • Preheat oven to 350*F. Brush an 8X8 inch square pan or a 9X2 inch round pan with melted butter and dust lightly with flour, or spray generously with cooking spray.
  • Beat the butter, sugar and maple syrup with an electric mixer. Add the eggs all at once. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl. Mix in the bananas.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the banana mixture, blending well. Stir in the walnuts. Spread into prepared pan. Drop the topping in small dollops onto the banana batter. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the coffee cake is a deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Invert onto a plate,then invert again so coffee cake is right side up on a serving plate.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 98gCalories: 444.4kcalCarbohydrates: 66.8gProtein: 6.7gFat: 18.3gSaturated Fat: 6.7gCholesterol: 75.8mgSodium: 288.6mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 39.2g
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