Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread


I almost gave up on making Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread. I had tried several different recipes that sounded really good, but was disappointed with how they turned out. They were okay, but not nearly as good as I thought they would be. I decided to make one more attempt. I searched again and found this recipe at Canadian Living. I’m not sure why this particular recipe caught my attention, because I’m usually drawn to recipes that have photos–and there wasn’t a photo shown with this one. But for some reason, I decided I needed to try this out, and I am so glad I did!

I changed the recipe a little by doubling the streusel mixture…and then instead of just sprinkling the streusel on top of the bread before baking, I also sprinkled a layer of streusel in the batter itself–and that’s what made it so good! If you decide to try this, you may think, like I first did, that the amount of streusel you’re putting into and on top of this bread is way too much. But when you taste it after it’s done, you’ll be glad you used all that streusel! Some of the streusel on top of the bread will fall off when you remove the loaf from the pan, but there will still be plenty of streusel for you to enjoy.


So if you’re a streusel-lover, I think you’ll really like this bread. As you can see in the photo above, there’s a yummy layer of streusel in the bread and a substantial amount on top of the loaf. Double the streusel yumminess! This recipe makes one 9×5″ loaf.

CINNAMON STREUSEL BANANA BREAD (adapted from Canadian Living)

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan; set aside.

Prepare the streusel: In small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts, then set aside.

Batter: In large bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir into banana mixture. Then stir in walnuts.

Spoon HALF the batter into greased-and-floured loaf pan. Sprinkle batter with HALF of the streusel mixture. Add the rest of the batter over the streusel mixture in the pan, then top with the remaining streusel.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (my baking time was 70 minutes). Let loaf cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.

You can wrap the loaf in plastic wrap and store for up to 2 days, or wrap in foil and freeze for up to a month.

Hope you enjoy this bread as much as I did! Are you a streusel-lover too?

Linked to Foodie Friday, Sweets for a Saturday.


57 thoughts on “Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread

  1. katie

    i have 4 more minutes till this wonderful concoction comes out of the oven, it smells so good and looks amazing. can wait to try it in the morning. well thats if i dont eat it all to night before everyone wakes up. lol thanks for sharing.

    1. nancyc Post author

      It IS pretty hard to resist eating it when you smell it baking in your kitchen! 🙂 Hope you and your family enjoy it, Katie! 🙂

      1. nelia moncivais

        Nancyc,I would love to make the mini loaves,and make afew at a time.I like to give away at christmas so i would be making many loaves.How long would i bake them?

        1. nancyc Post author

          I would guess the baking time would be about 25 to 30 minutes (I haven’t made mini loaves myself yet with this recipe, so I’m not totally sure about the time). Let me know how it works out!

  2. Amanda Crumrine

    It’s very good. I made the streusel into more of a sauce by melting the butter before mixing it with the cinnamon, sugar, flour, etc. then I swirled it into the loaves. Yum!

    1. nancyc Post author

      Sorry you has a problem getting it out of the pan, Amber! Usually greasing and flouring the pan well prevents the sticking…I’m glad you liked it, though! 🙂 Thanks for rebloging!

      1. Amber

        🙂 no problem! it is yummy! i greased it but maybe not enough. ah well, i’ve learned a bit so hopefully next time it will be error free! thanks for posting such a yummy treat!

  3. Nadi

    wow this looks great! I’m going to try this tomorrow. I want to make something different for Christmas other than my regular banana bread.

      1. Nadi

        Nancy, thankyou so much, this is a fantastic recipe! I did four mini loaves and baked for 34 mins and they were perfect! Will definitely be baking a double batch tomorrow to share for Christmas. thanks again, Nadi

    1. nancyc Post author

      Well, it’s worth trying if you don’t like or can’t eat walnuts…I’d try substituting equal amounts of oatmeal for the walnuts. Let me know how it works if you try it!

  4. Kris

    This is the best banana bread I’ve ever had. Delicious! I’ve made it thee times in the last two weeks. Have tried several recipes for banana bread & none bake up as nice or taste as good as this one! Sooooo glad I came across this recipe. Love it!!!!

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  6. tammy

    Had a nephew just surprise us with a quick weekend visit home from the Army, so I threw this in the oven. He LOVES banana bread. Have to say my house smells wonderful!!! Can’t wait to try it.

  7. Valarie

    My husband told be this is the best bread I have ever baked. Don’t loose the recipe. I am going to try mini loaves for a cookie exchange this weekend.

  8. Karen

    I just made this yesterday and brought it to work. Everyone loved it and want me to give them the recipe. DELICIOUS!!

    1. nancyc Post author

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t–the baking time would be much less, of course–but I’m sure they would work out fine!

  9. Michelle Stadel

    Yum! I made muffins and cooked them about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Very moist muffins, easy to make, and not fussy at all. Thank you! I have a new favorite banana bread recipe.

  10. Jemima - Fiddle & Spoon

    Just put this in the oven literally twenty seconds ago for the second time 🙂 the first one was eaten far too quickly a few weeks ago!! This one is a gift for someone, so may have to make a third time for myself (again)… x

  11. Lynna

    I had seen this recipe and couldn’t remember which magazine it was in. After searching, and giving up, I looked on Pinterest and found yours. I’m so glad I found it. I made it right away. You are right. It’s great. My bake time was 65 minutes. My husband says it’s the best type of banana bread I’ve made so far. Thanks for posting it!


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