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This banana bread is, right now, my favorite take on the classic. It’s got chocolate.
It’s got pecans.
It’s scented with cinnamon.
And best of all, it’s got a big-crumbed brown sugar streusel topping.
It’s the best of banana bread and coffee cake, which, well, makes for an excellent breakfast for someone with a sweet-tooth and works well for that afternoon snack or dessert.
I’ve made it with chocolate and without.
I’ve played around with alternative flours and different nuts.
And, really, I tend to like them all.
And you’ve probably had banana bread with most of those things before.
But if you really want to gild the lily, your banana bread should be streusel-topped.
Those cinnamon-scented sugary crumbs make everything better. (Like they do in this Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel.)
I doubt it will be the last banana bread you’ll make. But it will definitely be one you make again and again.
For streusel topping
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For banana bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 very ripe bananas
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, bittersweet or semisweet
Make the streusel topping
- In a small bowl, add the softened butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon and mix with your hands until it forms rough clumps. Set aside while you make the banana bread.
Make the banana bread
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray (or grease with butter).
- Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk together until combined.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add the bananas and mash with a fork until no large pieces remain. Add the melted butter, eggs, both sugars, and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until no dry flour remains. Add the pecans and the chocolate and stir gently until evenly distributed. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the top in big clumps until the top is well covered.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 1 hour.
- Let cool, then gently invert to remove from pan. Serve. Will keep wrapped at room temperature, for about 5 days.
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Frontier Organic Vietnamese Cinnamon, Ground, 1.31 Ounce
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Domino Dark Brown Sugar 2 Lb (Pack of 2)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g