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Banana Bread Recipe With Crumb Topping

Updated on August 19, 2012
3.8 stars from 19 ratings of Banana Bread with Crumb Topping

In my house banana bread is a staple. Whenever I have at least three bananas that are too ripe for my family to eat I bake them up into a delicious dessert-like bread. Sometimes I swear they don't eat bananas just so I'll make bread out of them. ^_^ Even if you have less than the recipe calls for you can still half it and make it more like a coffee cake, or into muffins.

Be sure to check out the tips at the end for perfect results.

Crumb Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ginger, cloves, allspice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (3-4 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup oil (I use olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Video Instructions, written instructions below


  1. Preheat oven to 350'F, grease and flour a bread pan
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a large mixing bowl, set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl add bananas, sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla, combine well.
  4. Add banana mixture to flour mixture, stir until all flour has been incorporated. Batter will look very lumpy.
  5. Put all crumb topping ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and use a pastry cutter until butter picks up all the flour and sugar, it will look like very course crumbs. If you don't have a pastry cutter you can use two knives and scissor them together trough the ingredients.
  6. Transfer batter to bread pan and sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake in 350'F oven for 60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan at least 10 minutes.

Without crumb topping and with crumb topping


Use the crumb topping!! Everyone in my family likes it better that way. ^_^

Do not use all yellow bananas. They must have some spotting or even all brown. If they aren't ripe enough the bread just wont be as good.

Refrigerate bread at least 4 hours after baking for an easier time slicing.

Use a potato masher to mash the bananas.

Try using a cooking spray specifically for baking to grease your pans... they are wonderful! I like "Baker's Joy" best, but I can't always find it at the store I like. ^_^


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      Kawsu 3 years ago

      Banana bread (banana loaf) is a bit more dense and heavier than bnanaa cake. Both are very moist and that comes from the bnanaas themselves. Be sure to use ripe bnanaas (the ones that have the dark skins, that look like they should be thrown out they are much sweeter when they are like that.)My grandmother used to make the most delicious bnanaa cake. It used cake pastry flour (not all purpose flour), and it was light and tender, not as heavy as bnanaa bread. I have made it, and I liked it with a buttercream frosting or a 7-minute icing that is done in a doube boiler.So many people rave about carrot cake (which is delicious, no question about that), but bnanaa cake is in a class of its own if it is HOME MADE (from scratch, not from a mix.)

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      ratnaveera 4 years ago from Cumbum

      Banana is my favorite fruit. Happy to this article about making banana bread which seems most delicious one. I will try to prepare this at my home. Thanks a lot Mama Kim 8 for this wonderful article.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Rajan for all your wonderful support! ^_^ It's always a pleasure to hear from you and I'm so happy to know you'll be enjoying some wonderful warm banana bread!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Ktrapp! I'm sure you'll love the crumb topping ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Vespa, Thank you ^_^ Great tip on freezing the bananas!! I always get stressed when they turn black and feel hurried into making something with them... that will no longer happen, lol ^_^ You are so sweet, thank you ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Seanorjohn! I'm so happy to hear you like it. I hope you enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you so much Peggy ^_^ your support is very much appreciated! I'm so happy to hear you like my apron, I made it myself and have been asked to make it for some friends... I'll have to make a hub on it when I get the chance ^_^

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Wonderful recipe for one of my favorite breads. Glad to come across this recipe as I was intending to make a banana bread today. Excellent video, it makes the job easier now.

      Thanks for the topping recipe too Sasha. Never tried it before but will try this time.

      Voted up/useful/awesome. Shared and pinned.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      The banana bread with the crumb topping looks so delicious, especially compared to the one without. I am going to give it a try next time I bake some. Can't wait.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I use a similar banana bread recipe, and I agree that the crumb topping makes it even yummier. The spices you use sound delicious. I store my bananas in the freezer if they're really ripe and no time to make the bread. I love your video! You could have your own show on the food channel. : )

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      seanorjohn 5 years ago

      Great recipe. We always have left over bananas in our house. The video recipe is such a great idea. Voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Gave you another 5 stars for your banana bread recipe plus up, useful & interesting votes. I have never had banana bread with a topping on it. Sounds good. I'm impressed with your video! You looked very professional. Loved the cute apron. Sharing with my followers.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Swayam, Thank you, I think so too!

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      swayam 5 years ago

      Banana bread is very yummy and fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Anamika, Thank you so much! Banana bread is fantastic!!! and so are you!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Lol Michelle ^_^ Thank you for the wonderful and funny comment ^_^ You are wonderful

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Banana Bread is one of my favorites too! Recipe voted and pinned...

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Ok, you have be "going bananas"and really hooked! Pinning and sharing!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Jennzie! If you love banana bread... you have to try it with the crumb topping... it's soooo good ^_^

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yum! I love banana bread and the crumb topping makes it look even more delicious.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Why thank you OldRoses for such a nice comment ^_^ I hope you do try this. Nobody should be without a good banana bread recipe. The spice combination was passed down in my family... its very good. I use the same combination in my pumpkin pie.

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      Caren White 5 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      WOW!! Fabulous. Makes me want to run out and buy bananas. Love the crumb topping idea. And your combination of spices is incredible. I've felt kind of "eh" about banana bread. I have a feeling this recipe will make banana bread one of my favorite sweets.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      ahorseback, Thanks for the visit. I knew you were a nut... but not banana bread nut ;)

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      Uhhhhh! you probably didn't know this but I am the origional banana bread nut !awesome

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Well thank you very much Richawriter! Hehe... I forgot I made a video for this one ^_^ I stopped making videos since they make me too nervous.

      Your comments are very kind. The crumb topping does add a whole new level of yumminess to banana bread! I hope you and your wife enjoy ^_^

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      Richard J ONeill 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Oh yummy yummy in my tummy!! :)

      Sory, I took ages getting back to you. I took a short break from the internet world. I'm back!

      I have always loved banana bread but I have never tried this wonderful crumb topping banana cake. It looks and sounds divine!

      I love that you also made a video of the preparation too. I didn't watch it all but just enough to know that you don't measure with instruments, you measure with your highly attuned HSP senses!! hahah

      Well, If my wife doesn't cook it for me, I'm gonna have to bake that cake one day. Too good not to!

      Thanks. Awesome and up.


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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thelma Alberts- Thank you! Greatly appreciated ^_^ Do you have a hub on your version? I would like to try yours as well. recipe exchange :D

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I´m sure it taste very good. I bake very ripe bananas and it´s a bit similar to yours. I´d like to try this recipe soon. Voted up and SHARED.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you MsDora ^_^ In my house we always have a few bananas that go "bad" and nobody will eat them so I just bake them into bread that they can resist eating...hehe

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the tip about the browning/black bananas. They cost very little when they get to that stage in the grocery store. The video is great and both banana breads look yummy.