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Maple Walnut Banana Coffee Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

This Maple Walnut Banana Coffee Cake will be the shining star of any breakfast or brunch buffet and comes together easily, without pulling out your mixer!

Course: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert, Sweet Treat
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Coffee Cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 334 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the crumb topping and walnuts:
  • 6 tablespoons butter very soft
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
For the walnuts:
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon mild flavored oil sunflower, grape seed, canola or vegetable oil all work well
  • 2 teaspoons honey
For the cake batter:
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas about
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup mild flavored oil sunflower, grape seed, canola or vegetable oil all work well
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the maple drizzle:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons half & half maybe more
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray a tube pan or a coffee cake pan with baking spray. Wrap pan in heavy duty foil or two thicknesses of regular foil. This will prevent the crust from getting too brown.

  2. Make the cinnamon crumb topping: combine flour, sugar and cinnamon in a medium-size bowl. Place butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and cook for 30 seconds on high power until partially melted. Add butter to flour mixture and stir with a fork until large clumps form. Refrigerate crumb topping till ready to use.

  3. For the walnuts, combine walnuts, oil and honey and stir well until walnuts are well coated. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together bananas, sugar and eggs in a large bowl. Add oil and vanilla. Stir until well combined. The oil will seem separated at first, just keep stirring till it's all incorporated.

  5. Sprinkle flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt over the top of the banana mixture. Stir just until all flour disappears. Scrape the bowl to make sure no flour remains.

  6. Transfer batter (it will be fairly thin) to prepared pan. Do not add crumb mixture yet. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven to add the crumb mixture.

  7. Remove crumb mixture from refrigerator and stir with a fork, breaking up any large clumps With your hand, gently sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over top of the coffee cake, breaking up any remaining large clumps. Sprinkle prepared walnuts over the top of the crumb mixture, gently tucking some of them into the empty spots. Use a light touch for this step as you don't want to compress the cake itself.

  8. Return to oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cover top of pan lightly with a piece foil during last 10 minutes, if browning too much.

  9. Remove foil and allow the coffee cake to cool in pan for 30 minutes. Invert onto a dinner plate, then invert again onto a cooling rack so that crumbs and walnuts are on top. Cool completely. Serve unadorned or drizzle in random ribbons with maple icing (see below).

  10. To make the maple drizzle, combine butter, brown sugar, half and half, maple syrup and vanilla in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high power for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir well then cook for another 30 seconds on high.

  11. Add powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Drizzle over cake in random ribbons.

Nutrition Facts
Maple Walnut Banana Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 199mg9%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.