Close-up of a slice of banana coffee cake.
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Banana Coffee Cake

This is by far one of the best desserts I’ve ever made! I had a few bananas that were on their way out, so I decided to look through my collection and try something new. This was a major winner! It’s like banana bread to the extreme! The chocolate chips just melt in your mouth – assuming you’re impatient like me and you don’t let it fully cool off before diving in. I’ll definitely be making this many, many more times in the future!

Banana Coffee Cake

Close-up of a slice of banana coffee cake.

Banana Coffee Cake
Bon Appétit 2003

1 ¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips
⅔ cup (packed) golden brown sugar
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 ⅓ cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 large)
3 tablespoons buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan. Stir chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in small bowl until well blended; set streusel aside. Sift all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, room temperature butter, and egg in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in mashed bananas and buttermilk. Add dry ingredients and blend well.
Spread half of batter (about 2 cups) in prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with half of streusel. Repeat with remaining batter and streusel. Bake coffee cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool coffee cake in pan on rack.

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Donna-FFW

    Making this tomorrow..or today. Lovethis kind of coffee cake, bananas and chocolate chip combo is my favorite.

  • Megan

    This looks awesome. I’m trying to make up some recipes to freeze for an upcomming camping trip and this looks perfect.

  • Hannah

    I’m drooling over here! That crumb topping, those chocolate chips… How did you know that this is exactly what I’ve been craving all week?! 😉

  • Ashley

    Megan – let me know how it freezes!

    This has been great reheated in the microwave for the last few times I’ve felt snacky! As soon as I saw the bananas start to turn, I just knew I had to try this one out! 🙂

  • MissKitty

    This was a very easy recipe to make plus I had all the ingredients on hand so I didn’t need to run to the store first!

    The cake is VERY decadent in a good banana/chocolate sort of way! Yummy!!!

  • wdziedzic

    I read your blog all the time and I always want to try the recipes. This morning I finally got to it and tried this one and the pumpkin biscuits with orange honey butter. I loved them both!! I can’t wait to keep trying out the rest. Thanks so much!

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