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A slice of banana coffee cake on a plate showing the cinnamon swirl layer.

Banana Coffee Cake Bread

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Vegan Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Banana coffee cake bread is a delicious banana bread variation that has a cinnamon swirl and crumb topping inspired by coffee cake! It’s an easy recipe to make and can be served for breakfast, a snack, or a dessert. Give this flavored twist on banana bread a try!



Wet Ingredients:

  • 34 peeled bananas* note
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (or neutral flavored oil)* note
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar (white, brown, or coconut sugar also works)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Cinnamon swirl: 1/4 cup brown sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Crumb Topping: 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon & 2 tablespoons butter mixed into sandy crumbs* note


  1. Mix the wet ingredients. Add peeled bananas to a medium-sized mixing bowl and mash very well. Add vanilla extract and melted butter and mix to incorporate.
  2. Sprinkle dry ingredients across the top of the wet. Mix until just combined.
  3. Make the cinnamon swirl & streusel. 
    1. In one bowl, mix 1/4 cup brown sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. This is your cinnamon filling/swirl.
    2. In a different bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon until crumbly. This is your streusel topping.
  4. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and pour half the batter in. Sprinkle the cinnamon swirl mixture over the top of the batter. Pour the remaining batter over this then top with the streusel. Gently push the streusel down a bit to adhere to the batter better.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated 350* oven for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle removes clean and has no wet batter.
    1. If using a 9×5 loaf pan, the loaf will take less time to cook. Begin to check at the 45-minute mark.
    2. If using a dark metal or glass pan, you may need to dial back the temp 25* as these pans tend to cook up the edges faster than the center.
    3. If using a large amount of bananas, the loaf will take longer to cook! Banana bread can take up to 70 minutes to complete cooking.
  6. Leave the loaf to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes before removing and slicing for best results. The loaf will firm up a bit as it cools.


There are two very common loaf pan sizes: 8×4 and 9×5. The 9×5 pans create shorter, wider loaves that cook up a bit quicker. An 8×4 pan takes longer as it’s a taller loaf!

On Bananas: If using 4 large bananas, the loaf may take a bit longer to cook. If using smaller or fewer bananas, you may need to add a small splash of milk to help the batter come together appropriately. Splash meaning 1-2 tablespoons! The batter should be thick but not resistant to incorporating all dry spots of flour.

Oil vs Butter: Melted butter makes banana bread with a better flavor and texture. Using oil creates a very moist banana bread but it may have a gummier consistency.

For the Streusel topping: You can use melted butter, softened butter, or even cold butter from the fridge. Melted or softened butter mix together the easiest. Cold butter from the fridge can be used if cut into thin slices and mashed into other ingredients with a fork. Do whatever is easiest for you!

Keywords: Banana Coffee Cake Bread