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Moist and Simple Banana Bread with Crumb Topping

3 from 43 votes

This banana bread is perfectly moist with a crunchy crumb topping. It’s a delicious way to use up ripe bananas you may have laying around in your kitchen!

After sharing recipes for the past 3 years, I cannot believe I haven’t shared a banana bread recipe! Aside from cookies, banana bread is one of the baked goods I prepare most often. I’m excited to share my tried and true banana bread recipe – it has never failed me! I guarantee you already have some bananas that need to be used up and what better way to enjoy them than in a tasty loaf of banana bread!

I’m also going to show you how I step my banana bread up when I want to give it a little bit more “oomph”. This recipe was adapted from my mom’s banana bread recipe. It was one of her baked goods that was requested most often from friends and family! I’ve modified it over time to make it my own by using buttermilk and adding a crumb topping for extra texture. 


Ripe bananas are best

It’s no secret – ripe bananas can make a tasty banana bread even better. The natural sugars have time to develop and in turn sweeten the bread beautifully while adding deepened banana flavour. 

Although it’s ideal to allow bananas to ripen on there own, there are methods that quicken the process. If you’re in a pinch, you can poke holes in your bananas with a fork and microwave them for 30 second intervals. Alternatively, you can place your bananas on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 300F until they are darker in colour.


This banana bread is nice and tender with a toffee crumb topping for an added layer of texture. 🍌 🍞 Posting recipe next week! #bananabread #bakingrecipes #easyrecipe #baking #bakingideas

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What to do if you don’t have buttermilk

Buttermilk is key in enhancing the moisture of your banana bread. Since I bake frequently, I like to keep some in my fridge when possible, but I understand that it may not be a common item on your own grocery list. 

If you don’t have any buttermilk available, you can make your own at home by adding 1 tablespoon of an acid (vinegar or lemon juice) to 1 cup of milk. Set it aside for a few minutes  and it will begin to curdle.

Make a crumb topping for added texture

To take my banana bread up a notch, I like to add a crumb topping. If you’re a banana bread purist, you can totally skip this step but I like the added flavour and texture it adds to the final product. A simple crumb topping can be made with flour, butter and sugar. To take it a step further I add ingredients such as chopped nuts and coconut. 

The beauty of this is that you can really make it your own! For example, if you don’t like coconut, you can sub in chocolate chips! 

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I hope you enjoy this banana bread as much as my family does! If you try this out, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on social media! Happy baking! 

Moist and Simple Banana Bread with Crumb Topping

3 from 43 votes
Recipe by asiamakes Course: Dessert, Snack, BreakfastCuisine: North AmericanDifficulty: 2


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This banana bread is perfectly moist with a crunchy crumb topping. It’s a delicious way to use up ripe bananas you may have laying around in your kitchen!

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  • Banana Bread Batter
  • 3 large 3 large ripe bananas

  • 1 cup 213 brown sugar (213 g)

  • 2 large 2 large room temperature eggs

  • 1/2 cup 113.5 g melted butter

  • 1/2 cup 118.29 ml buttermilk

  • 1 tsp 4.93 ml vanilla

  • 2 cups 250 g all purpose flour

  • 1 tsp 4.6 g baking powder

  • 1 tsp 4.6 g baking soda

  • 1/8 tsp 0.78 g salt

  • Crumb Topping
  • 2 tbsp 28.4 g butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup 31.25 g flour

  • 1 tbsp 12 g brown sugar

  • Pinch Pinch salt

  • 2 tbsp 29.56 g toffee bits

  • 2 tbsp 10 g coconut flakes

  • 3 tbsp 30 g chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Crumb Topping
  • In a medium bowl, combine 3 tbsp butter, flour and pinch of salt. Mix until crumbly mixture forms.
  • Add toffee bits, coconut flakes and chopped walnuts and mix to combine. Set aside.
  • Banana Bread
  • In a large mixing bowl mash bananas with a fork until small lumps remain. Do not over mash.
  • Add brown sugar, eggs, and melted butter. Whisk to combine.
  • Add buttermilk and vanilla to mashed banana mixture. Whisk together.
  • In a separate bow whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix with spatula until dry ingredients are just combined, making sure not to over mix.
  • Pour batter into greased loaf pan lines with parchment paper.
  • Add crumb topping on top of batter and bake for 60-75 minutes.
  • Once baked, allow to cool for 15 minutes and serve!

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