Coffee cake banana bread is the perfect combination of moist banana bread mixed with the sweet, crumbly topping of coffee cake. Whether as a spur-of-the-moment way to use up those bananas getting overripe on your counter, or you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser recipe, this coffee cake banana bread is sure to be a hit!

Ask anyone who knows me, I’m the ultimate killer of bananas. Our family seems to go through phases where we eat a ton of bananas and kids down them like no one’s business. Then the next thing I know, they are saying they don’t like bananas because “their taste buds have changed”, and I’m left with bunches of bananas that I need to use up asap.

Therefore, I’ve found several great recipes to use bananas up 🙂 My three favorites are to throw them in a blender with other fruit for a yummy fruit smoothie, make a traditional Brazilian acai smoothie bowl topped with the best homemade granola, or make this amazing coffee cake banana bread.

This coffee cake banana bread is honestly the best I (or anyone in my family) have ever tasted. I’ve gone through so many recipes, and someone is always saying “it’s too dry, or too sweet, or not enough flavor.” Well, not this time!!!

Thanks to this incredible coffee cake banana bread recipe by Michelle from A Latte Food, I have now found the absolute best coffee cake banana bread recipe and now, the only banana bread recipe that I will ever use!

My family can down an entire loaf of this bread in one sitting! Each time I make this, the entire loaf is gone within 15 minutes of coming out of the oven. Needless to say, I always double this recipe because of how fast we seem to go through these loaves 🙂

Another reason this banana bread is amazing is that you can freeze it! This recipe will yield two loaves of banana bread. But if you double the recipe, you’ll end up with extra loaves to freeze for quick morning meals!

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Ingredients for this recipe:

Coffee Cake Banana bread

  • bananas (the riper the better)
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon
  • butter softened to room temperature
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • sour cream or greek yogurt
  • sliced almonds

Crumb topping

  • ground cinnamon
  • flour
  • brown sugar
  • butter (cold)

What you need for this recipe

How to make the best coffee cake banana bread

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350

Get your oven started preheating, and then move on to the next steps while you are waiting for it to reach temperature.

Step 2: Grease bread pans

Remember, you are using two 8×4 bread pans. First, grease up the bottom and sides of both pans using your preferred method; either butter or spray.

Step 3: Mash bananas

Second, in a small bowl mash the bananas, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract together and set aside.

Step 4: Cream butter and sugar

Next, in a large bowl cream your butter and sugar together until it is fluffy. I prefer to use a large KitchenAid Stand Mixer as it makes this so much easier. However, you can use a hand mixer as well!

Step 5: Add in eggs

Then, gradually add in the eggs and continue to mix.

Step 6: Add in dry ingredients

Once all previous ingredients are mixed well; using a hand sifter (if you have one) add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then continue to mix until the dry ingredients are mixed well.

Step 7: Add in almonds and sour cream

Then, add in the sliced almonds and sour cream or greek yogurt. Mix until combined and stop before the almonds get too small. (You also can use other nuts such as chopped walnuts or pecans).

Step 8: Add in the mashed banana mixture

Finally, add the mashed banana mixture to the large bowl and mix one last time.

Step 9: Divide into 2 bread pans

Divide your banana bread batter evenly into your two pre-buttered pans.

Step 10: Set aside

Set aside your bread pans while you make the top crumb topping.

Crumb topping

Step 1: Combine dry ingredients

First, in a separate bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon and mix.

Step 2. Add in cold butter

Next, add a cube of cold butter to the mixture.

Step 3: Mix with a pastry cutter

Then, using a pastry cutter, mix/ break up the butter. You are looking to get the butter into small, crumb-like size pieces.

Step 4: Evenly top each bread mixture

Finally, pour half of the crumb topping onto the top of each banana bread pan.

Step 5: Bake

Placing both pans on the center rack of the oven, bake for around 40-45 minutes depending on your oven. Your loaves of bread will be done when a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean WITH a few crumbs attached.

DO NOT wait for the toothpick to come out completely clean because the bread will become too dry and lose the moistness that makes it so so good!

The other part I love about making loaves of bread and muffins, is that while they taste amazing fresh out of the oven, they also are perfect for freezing! My freezer is full of muffins and slices of bread ready for a quick breakfast! Simply let the bread cool after coming out of the oven, slice it, and place the slices in a freezer-safe bag! When you are ready to eat, simply place it in the microwave for 20 seconds or in a toaster oven for a crunchier banana bread slice!

Hope you enjoy this coffee cake banana bread as much as we do!

Coffee cake banana bread

Coffee cake banana bread is the perfect combination of moist banana bread mixed with the sweet, crumbly topping of coffee cake. Whether as a spur of the moment way to use up those bananas getting over ripe on your counter, or you're looking for a crowd-pleaser recipe, this coffee cake banana bread is sure to be a hit!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, banana recipes, bananas, coffee cake
Author: A Latte Food


Banana bread

  • 4 large bananas (the riper the better)
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Crumb topping

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons butter cold


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease two 8 X 4 baking pans using butter or your favorite spray.
  • In a small bowl, mash bananas, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy using a hand blender.
  • Add in eggs and beat until mixed.
  • To the wet ingredients; sift in the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Mix until just combined. Add in sour cream and sliced almonds and mix again.
  • Pour in mashed bananas, and mix until combined.

Crumb topping

  • Combine cinnamon, flour, and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter, and mix until the topping looks like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle coating evenly over the batter in both pans.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs stuck to it.
  • Allow the loaves of bread to cool for 10 minutes. Move to a wire cooling rack.
  • Slice and enjoy!
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