Delicious Banana-Nut Coffee Cake Recipe for Breakfast

My dearest coffee lovers, I welcome you to this delightful journey of taste and aroma. Today, I bring forth a recipe that will awaken your senses and transcend you into a world of flavors. Picture this – a moist cake infused with the richness of ripe bananas, the nuttiness of pecans, and the warmth of cinnamon, baked to perfection. As if it couldn’t get any better, we add in some coffee to make this an absolutely irresistible Banana-Nut Coffee Cake! It’s like tasting heaven in every bite!

As we step into fall, there is no better way to start a day than with a slice of warm coffee-infused cake while enjoying the cool breezes of autumn. This recipe brings together all those comforting flavors that will create those cozy feelings in your heart. Whether it’s for breakfast, a brunch get-together or just a midnight treat, this Banana-Nut Coffee Cake is perfect for any occasion.

Now, my dear coffee enthusiasts, let us embark on this delightful journey and create the best coffee cake recipe ever – the Banana-Nut Coffee Cake!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Banana-Nut Coffee Cake
Banana-Nut Coffee Cake

Dear coffee and banana lovers,

Are you tired of the usual breakfast or snack options? Look no further than this Banana-Nut Coffee Cake Recipe! This recipe is perfect for those looking to add some excitement to their morning or afternoon routine.

You’ll love this coffee cake because it combines two beloved flavors – banana and nut – and elevates them to a whole new level. Imagine biting into a moist, delicious cake with bits of sweet bananas and crunchy pecans in every bite. The combination of flavors creates a mouthwatering sensation that’s hard to resist.

Furthermore, this recipe strikes the perfect balance between healthy and indulgent. It’s made with reduced-fat sour cream, ripe bananas, and unsalted butter, but also has a sinful streusel topping and powdered sugar dusting. You get the best of both worlds: a treat that satisfies your cravings without taking a toll on your diet.

Finally, this Banana-Nut Coffee Cake Recipe is versatile; it can act as a hearty breakfast or decadent dessert. It pairs perfectly with – you guessed it – a hot cup of coffee but don’t hesitate to enjoy it with tea or milk as well! The delicate spices and rich aroma from the baking process will add an extra layer of indulgence to any beverage.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try, be prepared for your taste buds to explode in joy and have yourself a delicious morning or afternoon snack that won’t disappoint!

Yours sincerely,

The Barista

Ingredient List

 Savor the aroma of freshly baked banana-nut coffee cake
Savor the aroma of freshly baked banana-nut coffee cake

Below are the ingredients you will need to prepare this flavorful banana-nut coffee cake recipe:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 and ¼ cup)
  • ¾ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


  • Powdered sugar for garnish

Make sure to have all these ingredients available before you start making this delicious banana-nut coffee cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Slice into a warm and decadent delight
Slice into a warm and decadent delight

After introducing the banana-nut coffee cake recipe and explaining why you will love it, it is time to get down to business: the how-to!

Step 1: Preheat Oven

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

It is important to preheat your oven before baking. This ensures that your cake will bake evenly and have a consistent texture.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon until combined.

Sifting or whisking the dry ingredients helps remove lumps in the flour and ensures all ingredients are well blended.

Step 3: Mix Wet Ingredients

In another mixing bowl, mix together 1 stick unsalted butter (softened), 1 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar until creamy.

I recommend using room-temperature ingredients for this step. It makes mixing easier and ensures your cake comes out perfectly moist.

Step 4: Add Eggs

Beat in eggs, one at a time until the mixture is glossy.

Adding eggs one at a time helps incorporate them evenly into the batter.

Step 5: Add Mashed Banana & Vanilla

Add mashed ripe bananas (about 3) and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Beat until combined.

Use a fork to mash your ripe bananas to prevent any large clumps in your batter. Vanilla extract adds complexity to the overall flavor of your cake.

Step 6: Alternate Dry & Wet Mixture

Gradually mix in dry mixture alternatively with reduced-fat sour cream (¾ cup), beginning and ending with dry mixture until combined. Do not overmix!

Alternating between adding dry and wet mixture helps ensure an even distribution of ingredients in the batter. Overmixing the batter will produce a dense cake, so be careful!

Step 7: Add Pecans

Fold in 1 ½ cups chopped pecans into mixture until just combined.

This step is optional, but adding chopped nuts to your banana-nut coffee cake can add texture and flavor.

Step 8: Bake

Pour mixture into a greased Bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Keep an eye on your oven during baking to ensure the cake doesn’t overcook or dry out.

Step 9: Cool & Topping

Let your bundt cake cool, invert it onto a plate, dust with powdered sugar, and enjoy!

Allow the cake to cool for at least ten minutes before removing it from the pan. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the bundt cake to add some sweetness to each slice.

By following these instructions carefully, you will have mastered the art of creating this delicious banana-n

Substitutions and Variations

 Crunchy, nutty goodness in every bite
Crunchy, nutty goodness in every bite

Dearest readers,

If you are looking to shake things up a bit and put your own spin on this banana-nut coffee cake recipe, fear not, for I have several substitution and variation suggestions that will make your taste buds sing with joy!

First off, let’s talk about the nuts. While pecans are delicious in this recipe, you can certainly swap them out for walnuts or almonds. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try adding a streusel topping made with chopped hazelnuts or macadamia nuts for a more decadent coffee cake experience.

Now, let us discuss the sweetener situation. If brown sugar and granulated sugar aren’t your thing, you can try substituting honey or maple syrup. However, keep in mind that the texture of the cake may be slightly altered with these substitutions.

For those who are looking to make a healthier version of this banana-nut coffee cake recipe, try using Greek yogurt in place of the reduced-fat sour cream. You can also try using whole wheat flour or almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.

If you want to make this coffee cake even more “bananatastic,” add chocolate chips to the batter for a delicious chocolate-banana combo. Or, for a caramel twist, pour caramel sauce on top of the cooled cake before dusting it with powdered sugar.

Lastly, if you have any other creative ideas for this recipe that I have not mentioned here, don’t be afraid to experiment! The possibilities are endless when it comes to baking and creating new dishes.

Yours truly,

The Barista

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect slice of coffee cake for your morning brew
The perfect slice of coffee cake for your morning brew

Dear reader, now that you have successfully baked this delightful banana-nut coffee cake, let me guide you on how to serve and pair it.

This coffee cake is best served warm, right out of the oven, with a light dusting of powdered sugar. But if you prefer, you can also serve it at room temperature or even chilled from the refrigerator – it is a versatile treat, perfect for any time of day.

If you are serving this banana-nut coffee cake as part of a breakfast or brunch spread, consider pairing it with a hot cup of classic drip coffee or perhaps even a slice of ripe fresh fruit – like sliced oranges or berries. Alternatively, this cake makes a wonderful dessert and pairs incredibly well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The contrast between the warm nutty cake and cool creamy topping creates a delightful sensory experience.

For those who love to experiment with different flavors and textures, I recommend pairing this banana-nut coffee cake with a cinnamon-spiced tea or any light-bodied coffee – this will enhance the nut and spice flavors within the cake. If you are feeling adventurous, try pairing this cake with some decadent hot chocolate or caramel sauce – this combination will make for an indulgent treat that will leave everyone wanting more.

Remember dear readers, when it comes to serving and pairing your banana-nut coffee cake, always trust your taste buds and have fun exploring the different combinations that work for you. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sink your teeth into this moist and flavorful cake
Sink your teeth into this moist and flavorful cake

Dear coffee cake enthusiasts,

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked banana-nut coffee cake filling your home on a lazy Sunday morning. But what happens when you simply don’t have time to bake one from scratch? Never fear, for I am here to offer some Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating tips for this delicious recipe.

To make this recipe ahead of time, simply prepare the batter as instructed and pour it into a baking dish. Instead of baking it right away, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it. The batter can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before use.

When it comes to storing your coffee cake, make sure it’s cooled completely after baking. Once cooled, wrap the cake in plastic cling film or place it in an airtight container. For optimal freshness, store at room temperature for up to three days. If you decide to store in the refrigerator instead, keep in mind that it will keep for slightly longer – up to five days.

Now, let’s talk about reheating our beloved banana-nut coffee cake. After all, who doesn’t want their moist and delicious treat served warm? I recommend wrapping individual slices in damp paper towels before microwaving them for 15-30 seconds depending on your microwave’s power level. Alternatively, you can reheat the entire cake in a 300°F (150°C) preheated oven for ten minutes.

So there you go! These tips will certainly come in handy whenever you have that craving for a slice of this heavenly coffee cake but not enough time on hand to make one from scratch. Store your leftovers properly and enjoy later; after all, coffee cakes are notorious for tasting better the next day after all those flavors have fully matured.

Happy baking!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The ultimate treat for coffee and cake lovers
The ultimate treat for coffee and cake lovers

My dear coffee lovers, to make the perfect banana-nut coffee cake, you must keep in mind certain tips that will help you achieve delicious results every time. Allow me to provide you with some expert advice that will ensure your coffee cake comes out just right.

Firstly, be sure to use ripe bananas for the best flavor. The riper the bananas are, the sweeter and more flavorful they will be in your cake. In this recipe, mashed ripe bananas provide both sweetness and moisture to the cake. Using overripe bananas could give a gummy texture to the cake, so it’s best to avoid them.

Secondly, when mixing your batter, it’s important not to over-mix it. Over-mixing the batter can result in a tough and dense cake. Mix until all ingredients are just incorporated and there are no lumps or dry pockets left. The batter should be smooth but not runny.

Thirdly, do not skip sifting the dry ingredients, especially the flour. Sifting helps break up clumps of flour or other dry ingredients so that they can be evenly distributed throughout your batter. This ensures a light and fluffy texture for your banana-nut coffee cake.

Fourthly, use softened butter at room temperature for easy creaming with sugar. Softened butter combines smoothly with sugar resulting in a light-colored mixture that is fluffy, creamy and ideal for incorporating air into the batter which provides structure and lift as it bakes.

Finally, when baking this delicious coffee cake recipe, make sure to keep an eye on it while it’s in the oven. Every oven differs slightly; hence every cake takes different amount of time to bake even if we follow similar guidelines in terms of heat settings etc. So check your coffee cake by inserting a toothpick into the centre of the cake 5-10 minutes before your estimated finish time – If it comes out clean with no wet crumbs or uncooked batter sticking to it, then it’s done. Otherwise, give it a few more minutes and keep checking until you achieve the perfect results.

Follow these tips, and I assure you that your banana-nut coffee cake will turn out moist, fluffy, and delicious!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Banana-Nut Coffee Cake Recipe is an excellent choice for coffee lovers who also happen to have a sweet tooth. With its moist texture, cinnamon and vanilla flavors blending perfectly with the nutty and banana flavors, this cake recipe is undoubtedly worth trying out. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re planning a casual brunch or a more formal gathering.

Remember, to get the best results when making this Banana-Nut Coffee Cake Recipe, read through the entire recipe carefully, gather all the ingredients beforehand, and follow the step-by-step instructions provided. Additionally, don’t be afraid to experiment with other variations like using cream cheese frosting or adding chocolate chips.

Lastly, why not kick back and enjoy a slice of this cake with your favorite cup of coffee. After all, there’s just something special about sipping your favorite coffee while indulging in a tasty treat made from scratch. Don’t forget to sprinkle some powdered sugar on top of your cake slices for extra sweetness.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and start baking this delicious Banana-Nut Coffee Cake Recipe today. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s one of the best banana cake recipes out there!

Banana-Nut Coffee Cake

Banana-Nut Coffee Cake Recipe

From Woman's Day magazine, Feb. 2006 issue It can be made 2 days ahead of time and does freeze very well. I have made this several times and everyone loves it. Enjoy!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 CAKE
Calories 418.9 kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut in small pieces


  • 1 (14 ounce) box bananas, quick-bread & muffin mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees f. lightly coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray.
  • Streusel: Put flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl or a food processor. Stir or pulse to mix. add butter and cut in with a pastry blender, or pulse in the processor until mixture resembles course crumbs.
  • Cake: Put ingredients in a large bowl; stir until well blended. Spread half in prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup streusel and 1/2 cup pecans. Drop spoonfuls of remaining cake batter on top; Spread gently into an even layer. sprinkle with remaining streusel and pecans.
  • Bake 50 to 55 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes before removing pan sides. cool cake completely.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 129gCalories: 418.9kcalCarbohydrates: 41.3gProtein: 5.1gFat: 27.2gSaturated Fat: 8.6gCholesterol: 74.7mgSodium: 99.4mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 23.7g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Beginner Cook, Breads, Brunch, Dessert, Easy
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