Banana Streusel Bread

Banana bread was one of the first things I ever baked when I was little. My mom bought me a set of Sesame Street books, and the second volume, for the letter B naturally, included a recipe for “Big Bird’s Banana Bread.” I was thrilled for the chance to mix things up and bake something in the oven, and thankfully my family supported the endeavor and loved the bread! Now I make this different version of banana bread, as Ina Garten would say…it’s with the volume turned up. This one is straight from mom. The streusel on top is crunchy and sweet, and the bread itself is moist but not too dense, so the pieces just tend to disappear! You can also make this into muffins, I have done that before and may even like that better.

This bread will be a hit in your house. Adorable child not included.

This bread will be a hit in your house. Adorable child not included.

Banana Streusel Bread
Recipe type: Bread, Dessert
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  • For the bread:
  • vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (I use a little grater or my Microplane and grate it fresh, the aroma is pungently floral and amazing!)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 3 small overripe bananas)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
  • For the streusel topping:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ stick (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease loaf pan (mine is 9x5x2.5 inches, a standard size) well with cooking spray or line muffin pan with 12 liners.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat mashed bananas, eggs, sugar and melted butter together until smooth. On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture. Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
  4. For the streusel, mix the ½ cup flour, brown sugar, softened butter, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl with a fork until well combined and crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over batter in loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with just a few crumbs attached. If streusel is browning too quickly, simply cover loosely with aluminum foil. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely. Enjoy! NOTE: If you are making muffins, the baking time will be less--more like 25-30 minutes.



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