Delicious Banana-Nut Coffee Cake Recipe for Breakfast

Welcome coffee lovers! Get ready to indulge in a treat that will take your taste buds on a heavenly journey. This banana nut coffee cake recipe is the perfect solution for when you’re craving something sweet and comforting with your morning cup of joe.

Picture this: imagine biting into a light and fluffy cake infused with the sweetness of ripe bananas, cinnamon, and brown sugar, topped with a crunchy streusel of nuts and more cinnamon. Plus, its aroma will fill your kitchen and make everyone eagerly anticipate their first bite.

But wait, there’s more! This recipe also includes tips and tricks for substitutions to make it your own creative twist. And don’t forget the serving suggestions which will elevate the experience to true indulgence.

This banana nut coffee cake recipe is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any time of the day really. It’s a classic and well-loved recipe that will never go out of style. So let’s grab our aprons, coffee mugs, and get started with this delicious treat!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Banana Nut Coffee Cake
Banana Nut Coffee Cake

Are you tired of the plain old coffee cake? Look no further because this Banana Nut Coffee Cake Recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds!

This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves bananas, nuts, and a touch of cinnamon. The combination of these ingredients creates a mouth-watering aroma that fills the entire room. Trust me when I say that you won’t be able to resist this delicious Banana Nut Coffee Cake every time you have your morning coffee.

The sweetness from the mashed ripe bananas combined with the streusel topping made of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts makes it an ideal treat for any sweet tooth. Not to mention, the aroma of this cake baking in your kitchen will have your guests begging for the recipe.

The recipe’s versatility makes it a perfect breakfast or snack option. You can swap out the streusel topping with a cream cheese filling or switch up the nuts to suit your preference. You can even make it into muffins or turn it into a banana bread recipe by using loaf pans! The possibilities are endless.

Why settle for plain coffee cake when you can indulge in this Banana Nut Coffee Cake? Try it once, and you’ll never go back. Trust me; people will be talking about it for days.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven: warm and moist banana nut coffee cake.
A slice of heaven: warm and moist banana nut coffee cake.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious banana nut coffee cake recipe:

  • For the Cake:

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Walnuts

  • For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
    (or more for a stronger cinnamon flavor)
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted

These recipe ingredients create a rich and flavorful banana nut coffee cake. Make sure to have all of them before starting the recipe to ensure great results.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect morning treat: a slice of banana nut coffee cake and a hot cup of coffee.
The perfect morning treat: a slice of banana nut coffee cake and a hot cup of coffee.

Let’s get cracking on the making of this delicious Banana Nut Coffee Cake. This recipe will take approximately 60 minutes to make if you have all the ingredients ready. With only ten steps and straightforward instructions, you are just a few easy steps away from having your cake and eating it too!

Step One: Prep Your oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with butter.

Step Two: Mix The Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk the following ingredients together until you have an evenly mixed mix:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Step Three: Mix The Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, mix together the following wet ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, mashed

Step Four: Combine The Ingredients

Pour the wet mixture into the bowl containing the dry mixture and stir them together until well combined.

Step Five: Add Nuts

Fold in 3/4 cups walnuts. Note that if you are not a fan of walnuts, you can substitute it for your preferred nuts or simply leave them out.

Step Six: Make The Streusel Topping

To make the topping, combine:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons melted butter

Mix with a fork until crumbly and then set aside.

Step Seven: Pour Half of the Mixture

Pour half the cake mixture into the greased baking dish.

Step Eight: Add The Streusel Topping

Evenly sprinkle half of the streusel topping over the cake mixture.

Step Nine: Pour The Remainder of the Cake Mixture

Add the other half of the cake mixture on top of the streusel topping.

Step Ten: Add More Streusel Topping

Sprinkle all of the remaining streusel topping over the final layer of cake mixture.

Place it in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick emerges cleanly from the center. Voila! You’ve got yourself a scrumptious Banana Nut Coffee Cake that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Substitutions and Variations

 This banana nut coffee cake is too good to resist.
This banana nut coffee cake is too good to resist.

As a barista and a coffee enthusiast, I’m always experimenting with different flavors to create something unique and delicious. With this banana nut coffee cake recipe, there are a few substitutions and variations you can make to switch things up and add your own twist to the recipe.

Firstly, if you don’t have cinnamon on hand or simply don’t like the spice, you can simply omit it from the recipe or replace it with some nutmeg or allspice for an alternative warm flavor. As for the kinds of nuts you can use, pecans or walnuts work great but you can opt for almonds or hazelnuts too. Keep in mind that the amount of nuts used should remain the same.

In terms of flour, you can swap all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or almond flour if you’re looking for a gluten-free option. If you’d like to add another banana layer or two, try putting slices of bananas in between the layers of batter before baking it.

Another variation could be to mix chocolate chips into the cake batter before pouring it into the pan. This will give it an additional layer of decadence that pairs perfectly with the banana and nut flavors. If you’re really feeling adventurous, try making mini versions of the cake as muffins. Simply adjust baking times accordingly.

Finally, if you want to take this recipe over the top, consider adding a sweet cream cheese filling in between layers instead of the streusel topping. A banana cream cheese filling is perfect and adds a savory layer that compliments the sweet flavors perfectly.

There are lots of possibilities with this delicious cake recipe so don’t be afraid to experiment and find something new that excites your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 Nutty and sweet, this banana nut coffee cake is the perfect snack.
Nutty and sweet, this banana nut coffee cake is the perfect snack.

Serving a slice of this delicious banana nut coffee cake is an absolute delight that would leave your taste buds wanting more. It’s a perfectly sweet cake with a delightful, soft texture that goes well with a cup of coffee or any other beverage of your choice.

There are lots of ways to serve this dessert, and you can certainly get creative! You can top it with caramel sauce or whipped cream for an extra layer of sweetness, or even sprinkle some cinnamon on top. If you’re serving guests, consider adding sliced bananas or nuts as toppings as well, which would add an interesting twist to the dessert.

This cake is also perfect for breakfast or brunch, so pair it up with some scrambled eggs or bacon for a complete meal. The aroma of the cinnamon and brown sugar that emanates from the cake would work perfectly with eggs and bacon to create an amazing balance between savory and sweet flavors.

If you’re looking for more pairing ideas, try serving it up with your favorite fruit preserve or spread. Strawberry preserves or blueberry jam would complement the flavor profile of the cake nicely.

In summary, this banana nut coffee cake is versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways. Whether it’s for dessert or breakfast, a crowd-pleaser as well as satisfyingly filling. So have some fun experimenting with toppings and sides, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this cake!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Move over, boring coffee cake; banana nut is here to steal the show.
Move over, boring coffee cake; banana nut is here to steal the show.

Once baked, this banana nut coffee cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

If you need to make this recipe ahead of time, I recommend baking it the night before and storing it in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, you can bring it to room temperature, or heat it up in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

To reheat a slice of this cake, simply microwave it for 10-15 seconds or heat it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes. The cake is best enjoyed warm and freshly baked, but reheats well and retains its texture and flavor.

If you don’t plan on eating the whole cake within a few days, you can freeze it by wrapping individual slices tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and placing them in a resealable freezer bag. Frozen slices can be reheated in the microwave or oven, usually taking around 20-30 seconds in the microwave or 10-15 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remember that when freezing any baked goods, it’s always best to let them cool completely first and avoid stacking them on top of each other as this could result in loss of texture and flavor. With these storage tips, you can enjoy this delicious banana nut coffee cake any time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy a fresh slice of homemade banana nut coffee cake.
Enjoy a fresh slice of homemade banana nut coffee cake.

Making banana nut coffee cake can be challenging if you’re not careful. Here are some tips to make sure your cake turns out perfectly every time.

1. Don’t overmix the batter: Once the dry ingredients are combined with the wet, it’s important not to overmix the batter. This could activate too much gluten in the flour and cause the cake to become dense and tough. You should stir until just combined.

2. Use ripe bananas: The best bananas for baking are ones that are overripe, with brown spots on the peel. These bananas are softer and sweeter, which will add more flavor and moisture to the cake.

3. Add cinnamon: A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way in this recipe, and it really enhances the warm banana and nut flavors. Don’t skip it!

4. Be careful with substitutions: While some substitutions (like walnuts for pecans) can be made without issue, be careful when substituting ingredients like sugar or flour. Changing these ingredients can greatly affect the texture and flavor of the cake.

5. Don’t underbake: It’s important to properly bake this cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Underbaking can leave your cake soggy in spots.

6. Let it cool: Once your cake is done baking, it’s natural to want to dive right in! But resist the urge and let it cool first. This will prevent moisture from building up inside and keep the texture light and fluffy.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a perfect banana nut coffee cake every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this banana nut coffee cake recipe is a must-try for coffee and dessert lovers alike. With its rich flavor, irresistible nutty streusel, and moist texture, this cake is a perfect way to start your day, indulge in an afternoon snack, or even impress your family and friends with a delicious homemade dessert. Plus, the versatility of the recipe allows for endless variations and substitutions to suit your taste and dietary needs.

By following the tips and recommendations I have provided throughout this article, you will achieve perfect results every time you make this banana nut coffee cake. From choosing the right type of bananas to preparing the pan and oven for baking, every step counts in achieving a delicious outcome.

So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to experience one of the best coffee cakes you’ve ever had. I can guarantee that once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to any other banana coffee cake or dessert again!

Banana Nut Coffee Cake

Banana Nut Coffee Cake Recipe

Easy to make and moist and delicious. It has a ribbon of sugary nut streusel rippling through it.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 460.7 kcal


  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 (18 ounce) pkge. French vanilla cake mix or (18 ounce) pkge. yellow cake mix
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Put bananas and oil in blender and liquefy.
  • Add banana mixture and sugars to cake mix.
  • Beat with electric mixer for 30 seconds at low speed.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Combine 1/3 cup brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir until blended.
  • Pour half of batter into a greased and floured Bundt or Tube pan (can use cinnamon-sugar mix instead of flour).
  • Sprinkle sugar, nut, cinnamon mixture over batter.
  • Pour remaining batter into pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes.

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Serving: 139gCalories: 460.7kcalCarbohydrates: 58.4gProtein: 5.9gFat: 23.6gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 78.3mgSodium: 349.9mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 37.9g
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