Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, this moist banana bread with streusel topping will leave your taste buds in awe. Try it with a big glass of milk and you will understand what I’m talking about!
Banana bread isn’t popular in my country. Neither my mother nor my grandmas have ever made it (bananas were really rare and expensive in Lithuania in the 90’s so that’s clearly a reason why). I learned about this goodness only when I opened Yummy Addiction and started spending more time on Pinterest. Since then I never looked back.
The love of Americans for this sweet loaf is perfectly understandable. The banana, vanilla and cinnamon flavor combination is just irresistible. I was hooked the very first time I tried this bread.
Plus, banana bread is so easy to make. It requires like 10 minutes of your active time and an oven does the rest. Even an amateur cook can nail it!
I remember reading somewhere that the United States is not the place for desserts. Well, I don’t know about that. This moist banana bread and tons of amazing stuff on Pinterest prove this statement wrong!
The lesson I learned about banana bread – the moister it is, the better. I tried many different recipes and not all of them were good. Some of them were really bad actually. I kept looking for the perfect recipe, though. One fail after another, I am pleased to say that I FOUND THE ONE!
The result is absolutely perfect now. A super moist banana bread, ladies and gentlemen. Just like I wanted!
I went even further and finished this loaf with a crunchy streusel topping. Should I even say that it’s great? This topping raised the bread to another level. They go so well together!
Let me tell you this. Nothing beats a banana bread that’s slightly crunchy on the outside and moist and fluffy on the inside. Any objections? Just look at these beautiful slices… Don’t you want a bite of this deliciousness? A glass of milk is a MUST with this bread! 😉
Moist Banana Bread with Crunchy Streusel Topping
For the bread:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a dash of nutmeg
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs , at room temperature
- 4 very ripe bananas , mashed with a fork or potato masher
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup walnuts , toasted and chopped
For the streusel topping:
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter , slightly softened and cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Set aside.
- The streusel topping. Add the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Cut in the butter using your fingers or a pastry blender, until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in chopped walnuts. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each addition. With a wooden spoon, stir in the mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Once the flour is incorporated, stop right there. Do NOT over stir. Gently stir in walnuts. The batter will be thick.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the batter. Bake the bread for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool 10-15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove the bread from the pan and continue to cool on the wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.