Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Did you know that February 23 is National Banana Bread Day? Neither did I. Then again, I didn’t know Monday was National Drink Wine Day or that tomorrow is National Sticky Bun Day. But, hey, any excuse to drink and eat carbs, right?

There’s still plenty of time to buy your bananas and let them get sweet and speckled in time for a Saturday mashing. All that’s missing is a few other pantry ingredients and you’ll be well on your way to a loaf of incredibly moist banana bread crowned with a simple streusel topping. I’ve included measurements in the recipe for popular add-ins, such as nuts, chocolate chips or shredded coconut. Add one, add none or add them all!

And for those banana bread enthusiasts looking to take their love to a new level, check out Banana Bread French Toast for the ultimate breakfast indulgence.

Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

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Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Up your quickbread game with this recipe for extra-moist Banana Bread with Streusel Topping! I’ve included measurements in the recipe for popular add-ins, such as nuts, chocolate chips or shredded coconut. Add one, add none or add them all!
5 from 2 votes
Banana Bread with Streusel Topping
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 8 servings


For the bread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 very ripe, darkly speckled large bananas, mashed well (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips or shredded coconut (optional)

For the streusel topping:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, slightly softened and cut into pieces


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Line a 9-inch loaf pan with parchment then grease the parchment with cooking spray.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix mashed bananas, buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  • Lightly fold banana mixture into dry ingredients with rubber spatula just until combined and batter looks thick and chunky. Stir in any desired add-ins.
  • Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Prepare the streusel topping by combining all ingredients in a bowl and using a fork to cut the butter evenly into the dry ingredients.
  • Sprinkle the streusel topping over the unbaked loaf.
  • Bake the bread for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer it to a cooling rack to continue cooling. Slice and serve.

Kelly's Notes:

  • Extra-ripe bananas are the key to the most moist, flavorful banana bread. Don't be afraid to let bananas turn completely brown before using them for banana bread.
  • If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can make a quick version using whole milk and lemon juice or white vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, and then pour in the milk until it reaches the 1-cup mark. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then use ¼ cup for this recipe and save the rest for another use.
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Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

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Calories: 387kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 372mg, Potassium: 217mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 450IU, Vitamin C: 3.9mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. 5 stars
    OMG this banana bread is moist, flavorful and absolutely addicting. I’ve made it twice this week and planning on making it again this weekend!

  2. I wanted a simple recipe to make with my 2 year old. I really wanted to like it but it was not as moist as promised and a tad to sweet. Unfortunately I didn’t go with my gut and use a different streusel recipe. It made it over the top sweet. I felt all the sugar hid the banana flavor.
    I’m not knocking the bread. Everyone has their own tastes. For me this recipe was not a hit. I like the bananas to hit you first, spices and sugar later. The banana was really not the star of the show here.

  3. I made this banana bread yesterday OMG it is to die for everyone was pleased with this delicious sweet treat. Have a great holiday Lori

  4. Oh my gosh this sounds so delicious!! I’m going to get the ingredients and make this asap! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe :)

  5. I just made your banana bread recipe. And it doesn’t taste Like a banana bread… But I like the streusels tho…

    I think I have to go back to the recipe (my mom’s recipe) that I’m used to.

    Just saying.

  6. I made this today, but instead of buttermilk I used a 1/4c nonfat greek yogurt. Worked wonderfully. Used up 6 frozen bananas..thank goodness! Made 4 mini loaves.
    Will definitely make it again, super moist and the topping is absolutely delicious.

  7. Made your banana bread today…love the taste but it ist very moist…it doesn’t look like this on your picture…? what have I done wrong? I left it longer in the oven after I tied with the tooth pick and it was still moist…so it was in there for about 1hour and 20 minutes…hmmm..still it seems to moist to me but still yummy

    1. Hi Monika! When you say “moist” do you mean it’s not cooked throughout? Do you have an over thermometer to double-check your oven is running at the desired temp?

  8. I just made this using yogurt instead of buttermilk and coconut oil instead of butter in the batter. I also added some frozen blueberries. It’s unbelievably moist and delicious! I had no problem with the streusel, which added just that extra bit of awesomeness!. It got a big 2 thumbs up from my 7 year old grandson :). Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kelly,
    I tried your recipe and noticed the Streusel Topping needs some freezer time to achieve the texture in your photos. Or you could advise using a food processor with frozen butter to arrive there.

    1. Hi Carlos! The key is to use cold butter for the streusel, and then you won’t need to refrigerate it. I did not refrigerate the streusel in the above photos.

  10. What better way to make banana bread better? I just adore streusel! Thank you for another great recipe, Kelly! xo

  11. I didn’t know about banana bread day – and I miss it (this year). The streusel topping on yours sounds particularly delicious.

  12. I have said this many times before but I could eat banana bread for every meal! And that streusel on top is killing me.

  13. I am in love with streusel topping AND banana bread. Why oh why haven’t I combined the two before? This looks fabulous Kelly!

  14. I love that you made banana bread even more special by adding streusel! It looks perfectly moist and like it would make a great breakfast . . . or lunch . . . or dinner!

  15. This is a great idea. My mom used to bake banana muffins with streusel topping and I absolutely loved them, but I love the idea of baking it in a loaf. I have some bananas on my counter that are made for this bread! Happy early Banana Bread Day! (There really is a day for everything, huh?)

  16. Love anything with a streusel topping… Saturday’s breakfast now taken care of, I’m sure there’ll be no objections from the small one. Thanks for a great recipe :)

    1. Thanks for the great question, Maya! I just added a note at the bottom of the recipe for how to make buttermilk in 5 minutes using whole milk and lemon juice or white vinegar. In a pinch, you could also substitute 1/4 cup plain (full-fat) yogurt for the buttermilk in this recipe. Enjoy!

  17. Such lovely photos for a delicious recipe! I love banana bread and yours looks perfect, Kelly. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Oh, I love banana bread! I haven’t had it with a streusel topping yet, so have to make this so I can try the streusel topping! :)

  19. I read about this on Twitter and I had to come check it out! That last photo is drool-inducing. I am finally trying to diet (2 months into 2013) and this looks so tempting and delicious!

  20. So, I’ve been trying to eat healthy recently. Bananas count right?! I’m sure this banana bread is filled with potassium. :) Definitely trying it! That crumb top looks amazing.

  21. This banana bread looks gorgeous. I just posted an oat flour banana bread not knowing it was national banana bread day coming up. There are SOO many national day’s I cannot keep up! That last picture of the loaf with slices is absolutely gorgeous!

  22. Banana bread is one of my favorite sweet treats. I buy bananas just to make it! I never thought about adding a streusel topping to it though, and I love the idea. I also like how you add buttermilk in your recipe. This is getting printed and tried out very soon. Thanks for sharing!