Bite into Heaven: Heavenly Banana Walnut Coffee Cake Recipe

Well, howdy y’all! As a barista and a coffee lover, it’s safe to say that there’s hardly anything better than the rich aroma of coffee in the morning, except for maybe the sweet and delectable scent of a freshly baked cake. That’s why I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite cake recipes that gives you the best of both worlds – Banana Walnut Coffee Cake.

This recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether it’s brunch with friends or a casual afternoon tea date with your loved ones. The combination of bananas, walnuts, and coffee will truly awaken your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

So gather your ingredients and get ready to indulge in this delicious treat. I guarantee that once you’ve tried this recipe, it will become a staple in your baking repertoire. So put on that apron and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Banana Walnut Coffee Cake
Banana Walnut Coffee Cake

Attention coffee and cake lovers! If you’re someone who can’t go a day without a cup of joe and loves to indulge in something sweet, then let me tell you about the perfect coffee cake – Banana Walnut Coffee Cake Recipe. This cake is not your ordinary confection. It’s got all the right flavors, textures and aromas that will make your taste buds dance with delight.

First off, for all the banana lovers out there, this cake is a dream come true. The recipe calls for 2 large ripe bananas mashed up, which gives the cake its moist and tender texture. The sweetness of the bananas combined with the nuttiness of the walnuts creates an unbeatable flavor profile that no one can resist. Trust me; even if you aren’t a banana fan, this cake will convert you.

Secondly, this coffee cake has all-purpose flour which results in a denser texture that doesn’t crumble or fall apart. That means you can take this cake on the go and enjoy it anytime, anywhere without any mess or fuss. It’s perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack, and pairs perfectly with – you guessed it – coffee!

Finally, let’s talk about the cinnamon walnut streusel. This is what sets this banana walnut coffee cake apart from others. Here’s a tip: bake this on Sunday morning when everyone is still asleep so that as they start waking up, they will be greeted by the aromas of cinnamon and walnuts wafting from the oven into their nostrils.

In conclusion, if you want to indulge in something sweet but not too over-the-top indulgent and want to do so while enjoying your morning brew or afternoon tea – then this banana walnut coffee cake was made just for you!

Ingredient List

 Sink your teeth into this delicious banana walnut coffee cake.
Sink your teeth into this delicious banana walnut coffee cake.

Let’s gather our ingredients before we start baking this Banana Walnut Coffee Cake. You’ll need to have ripe bananas on hand, as well as pure vanilla extract, sour cream and eggs to make this moist coffee cake. Here’s the complete list of what you will need:

Banana Coffee Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Walnut Streusel:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Tips and Tricks for Ingredient List:

  • When selecting bananas for your coffee cake, opt for bananas that are ripe and have brown spots as they will give the cake a stronger banana flavor.
  • It’s important not to overmix the batter when adding dry ingredients. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently fold in the flour mixture until just combined.
  • For the best results, use high-quality unsalted butter and pure vanilla extract.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to indulge in a warm slice of heaven.
Get ready to indulge in a warm slice of heaven.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to put them to use. This is where the magic happens – time to bake that delicious Banana Walnut Coffee Cake.

Step 1: Prepare the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9-inch (23cm) baking pan with butter and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Batter

Take out a mixing bowl and combine 2 cups (250g) of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Mix well and set aside.

In another bowl, use a handheld mixer or stand mixer to beat together 1 stick (1/2 cup or 113g) unsalted butter and ¾ cup (150g) of granulated sugar for about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in two large eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in two ripe bananas mashed (about 1 cup) and mix until well combined.

Slowly add the dry flour mixture into the bowl alternating with adding in sour cream in three additions. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined.

Lastly, fold in one cup of chopped walnuts.

Step 3: Layer the Batter

Spoon about half of the batter into your prepared bakingpan. Spread it evenly using a spatula or knife.

Next sprinkle on some walnut streusel onto the batter layer you just spread. Top with remaining batter chill for up to four hours or overnight.

Take it out from fridge and preheat the oven at required temperature.

Step 4: Bake

Now it’s time to put that batter in the oven. Bake for approximately 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in come out clean.

Step 5: Serve & Enjoy

Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Serve your Banana Walnut Coffee Cake warm, cool or at room temperature. Sprinkle some confectioners’ sugar over the top before serving for an extra sweet touch.

Congratulations, you did it! You just made a deliciously moist Banana Walnut Coffee Cake that everyone will be talking about for days to come.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect blend of sweetness and nuttiness in every bite.
The perfect blend of sweetness and nuttiness in every bite.

Well, folks, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, let’s spice things up a bit and talk about Substitutions and Variations for this banana walnut coffee cake recipe. What to do if you don’t have all the ingredients at home? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

First off, if you want to switch up the flavor of this delectable cake, try using chocolate chips or caramel bits instead of the walnuts. This can give your cake a sweet twist that is totally irresistible. And speaking of irresistible, how about adding a drizzle of maple syrup to your walnut coffee cake? I’m telling you – it’s a match made in heaven.

If you want to make this recipe a tad healthier, I’ve got some suggestions for substitutes too! Swap out the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or almond meal. You can also reduce the amount of sugar used by half or replace with natural alternatives like honey or maple syrup. After all, moderation is key! Additionally, you can use avocado oil or coconut oil as a substitute for unsalted butter.

For those who want to kick things up a notch further, add in some bananas mashed with cream cheese and top it with cinnamon oat streusel! Or better yet customize your own by replacing the walnuts with pecans or macadamia nuts. With these additions and alterations, you’ll have a mouthwatering dessert that’s healthy and flavorful!

But take my advice – when substituting ingredients always be mindful of how it will impact the final texture and flavor of this coffee cake. Trust me; not every substitution combination gives that perfect aroma and taste of banana nut coffee cake.

So there you have it! A few simple substitutions that will change this banana walnut coffee cake recipe into something new and exciting while still keeping its classic flavors intact. Get creative and try something new – you never know what deliciousness awaits!

Serving and Pairing

 Wake up to the aroma of freshly baked banana walnut coffee cake.
Wake up to the aroma of freshly baked banana walnut coffee cake.

Alright folks, here’s the moment of truth – it’s time to serve that scrumptious banana walnut coffee cake you just baked with all the love in your heart. This moist banana cake is a surefire hit for your morning coffee or tea party with friends and family.

Now, let me spill the beans on some amazing pairing options that will elevate the taste of your banana walnut coffee cake. Firstly, you can brew yourself a hot cup of Joe to compliment the nutty flavors or opt for a hot tea, which would be a perfect match with crystalized honey as a sweetener adding hints of fruity flavor.

If you’re looking at an epicurean delight try pairing this cake with Banana cream cheese frosting or whipped cream made with pure vanilla extract, both spread over warm slices, layered between two pieces of baked heaven – nothing short of divine!

If you’re aiming for that extra indulgence, add some melted chocolate to drizzle your slices. Why not try maple walnut crumble topping? It is sure to compliment the texture of the cake and add an earthy punch to each bite -creating an irresistible contrast of flavors.

Oh, and don’t forget; give it a dusting of confectioners’ sugar before serving. A sprinkle here and there adds an inviting tropical vibe, making it even more appealing. Don’t we all eat with our eyes first?

So folks, those were my recommendations for pairing and serving this banana walnut coffee cake recipe. Serve warm and enjoy with your loved ones because as I always say: “Coffee without cake is like a stallion without horseshoes”.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Don't miss out on this scrumptious breakfast or dessert option.
Don’t miss out on this scrumptious breakfast or dessert option.

Now, one of the best things about this Banana Walnut Coffee Cake recipe is that it’s just as delicious the second day as it is the first. Here are some tips on how to store, reheat, and even make this cake ahead.

First of all, let your cake cool completely before storing it. You can keep it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you want to store it longer, you can freeze it for up to a month. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and put it in a freezer-safe container.

When you’re ready to serve your cake again, you can either let it thaw at room temperature or heat it up in the oven. To reheat in an oven, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place the cake on a baking sheet. Heat for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.

If you’d like to prepare this coffee cake ahead of time and bake it later, you have a couple of options. You can either make the batter and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or freeze it for up to a month. Just be sure to bring the batter back to room temperature before baking.

Alternatively, you can bake the cake ahead of time and freeze it. When you’re ready to serve, just thaw overnight and reheat in the oven like mentioned above.

Just remember that when storing or reheating your Banana Walnut Coffee Cake, use caution when handling walnuts in case of nut allergies. And as always with this recipe – serve with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar on top!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Our secret ingredients? Ripe bananas and crunchy walnuts, of course.
Our secret ingredients? Ripe bananas and crunchy walnuts, of course.

Now that you have the recipe for the delectable banana walnut coffee cake, I will share with you some tips to ensure that your bake is perfect every time.

First and foremost, make sure to use ripe bananas. This will give your cake extra flavor and sweetness. You can tell if a banana is ripe by the yellow color with brown patches on the skin.

Another crucial tip is to measure your ingredients accurately. Baking is a science, so even a small variation in the amount of ingredients can greatly affect the texture and taste of your cake. So, use measuring cups and spoons instead of estimating the ingredients.

To make sure that your cake comes out moist and tender, do not overmix the batter. Over-mixing leads to the development of gluten in flour, which results in a tough and chewy cake. Mix only until the ingredients are incorporated.

The baking pan also plays a vital role in achieving perfect results. Use a 9-inch round or square pan for this recipe; avoid using a different size than recommended as it could cause uneven baking.

Lastly, let your cake cool down completely before slicing it. This allows the crumb structure to set and prevents it from falling apart when cut.

Keep these tips in mind while baking this delicious banana walnut coffee cake, and I guarantee that you’ll have perfect results every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this banana walnut coffee cake recipe is the perfect addition to your breakfast or brunch table. With its moist and flavorful texture, and its delicious combination of banana and walnuts, it’s sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

By following the tips and recommendations I’ve provided in this article, you’ll be able to create a delicious and impressive coffee cake without any fuss. Whether you decide to serve it with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of cold milk, this banana walnut coffee cake is sure to leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

So don’t wait any longer, give this recipe a try today and get ready to be blown away by its deliciousness. And if you happen to have any leftovers, feel free to store them in an airtight container or freezer bag in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Thank you for reading this article, and happy baking!

Banana Walnut Coffee Cake

Banana Walnut Coffee Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 538.1 kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 firm ripe banana, for slicing
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • confectioners' sugar (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a 10 inch tube pan; dust with flour, tapping out excess, and set aside.
  • Combine walnuts, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Set aside.
  • To make banana batter, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt onto a sheet of waxed paper.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high until light. Gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in sour cream, mashed bananas and vanilla.
  • Change mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture just until blended.
  • Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Scatter half of the walnut and sugar sprinkle over the batter.
  • Thinly slice the third banana over the batter.
  • Top with remaining batter and scatter rest of walnut and sugar sprinkle over top.
  • Bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes, when skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Carefully loosen the cake from the sides then invert onto wire rack turning right side up.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners sugar, if desired.

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Serving: 153gCalories: 538.1kcalCarbohydrates: 65.1gProtein: 6.3gFat: 29.8gSaturated Fat: 13.2gCholesterol: 81.6mgSodium: 170mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 43.7g
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