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Banana Bread Coffee Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze 

This new favorite coffee cake recipe is perfect for its moist texture, rich banana flavor, and the irresistible addition of a peanut butter glaze.

Why You’ll Love Banana Bread Coffee Cake

  1. Moist and Tender Texture: Thanks to the bananas and the perfect balance of ingredients, this coffee cake has a wonderfully moist and soft crumb.
  2. Perfect Sweetness: The cake and glaze balance each other beautifully, providing just the right level of sweetness without being overpowering.
  3. Aromatic Spices: The inclusion of cinnamon and nutmeg adds a warm, spicy note that complements the banana flavor.
  4. Crunchy Nutty Topping: The chopped pecans in the topping add a delightful crunch, making each bite interesting and satisfying.

Ingredients Needed To Banana Bread Coffee Cake

Ingredients for Cake:

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Kosher Salt
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Mashed Bananas
  • Butter, room temperature
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Ingredients for Topping/Center:

  • Chopped Pecans
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • GF Flour
  • Butter, room temperature

Optional Glaze:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Milk

Variations & Substitutions

  1. Nut Substitutes in Topping:
    • Almonds or Walnuts: Replace pecans with almonds or walnuts for a different nutty flavor in the topping.
    • Nut-Free: For a nut-free option, use oats or crumbled cookies instead of nuts.
  2. Fruit Additions:
    • Berries: Stir in blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries into the batter for a burst of berry flavor.
    • Pineapple: Add finely chopped pineapple for a tropical twist.
  3. Spice Adjustments:
    • Pumpkin Spice: Use pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon and nutmeg for a fall-themed cake.
    • Cardamom: Add a dash of cardamom for a unique and aromatic flavor.
  4. Sweetener Variations:
    • Maple Syrup or Honey: Partially substitute sugar with maple syrup or honey for a natural sweetness variation.
    • Brown Sugar: Use only brown sugar for a deeper, molasses-like flavor.
  5. Butter Substitute in Batter:
    • Coconut Oil: Use melted coconut oil instead of butter for a dairy-free option.
    • Applesauce: For a lower-fat version, replace some of the butter with applesauce.
  6. Glaze Variations:
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter: Add cocoa powder to the peanut butter glaze for a chocolatey flavor.
    • Maple Syrup: Incorporate maple syrup into the glaze for a maple peanut butter taste.

How To Make Banana Bread Coffee Cake

This is a fairly easy and simple recipe to make! Let’s dig in (no pun intended).

Preheat Oven & Prepare Pan:

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Spray an 8×8 or 9″ round baking dish with nonstick baking spray.

Make Cake Batter:

In a mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter for 3 minutes.

Mix in the eggs, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract.

Gently fold in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Prepare Topping:

In another bowl, mix the chopped pecans, cinnamon, brown sugar, GF flour, and butter to create crumbles.

Assemble Cake:

Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle half of the crumble mixture over the batter.

Add the remaining cake batter, and top with the remaining crumble mixture.

Bake:

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool.

Prepare Glaze (Optional):

Microwave peanut butter for 15 seconds to soften.

Whisk together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and 3 tablespoons of milk until smooth. Add more milk as needed for desired consistency.

Glaze Cake:

Drizzle the peanut butter glaze over the cooled cake.

Commonly Asked Questions

We know you have questions, and we’re here to answer them!

Can I use regular flour instead of gluten-free flour?

Yes, regular all-purpose flour can be substituted if gluten isn’t a concern.

Can I freeze the cake?

Absolutely! The cake can be frozen for later enjoyment. Add the peanut butter glaze after thawing when you’re ready to serve.

Is there a healthier alternative to sugar in this recipe?

Yes, you can use alternatives like coconut sugar or a sugar substitute like stevia. Keep in mind that this might slightly alter the flavor and texture of the cake.

Can I make this cake without eggs?

To make the cake egg-free, you can use egg substitutes such as mashed bananas (additional to the amount in the recipe), applesauce, or commercial egg replacers.

How can I make the cake moister?

Ensure not to overbake the cake, as it can dry out. You can also add a bit more mashed banana or a dollop of Greek yogurt to the batter to enhance moisture.

Can I make this cake in a bundt pan?

Yes, you can bake it in a bundt pan. Adjust the baking time accordingly, as it might take longer to bake through.

Banana Bread Coffee Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze

This is my new favorite coffee cake! Its so moist, so flavorful and incredibly delicious
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 771kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cake:

  • 2 cups 1.1 GF flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • cup sugar
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter room temp
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg

Ingredients for Topping/Center:

  • 1 ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup 1.1 GF flour
  • ½ cup butter room temp

Ingredients for Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 3-6 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 or 9″ round baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Mix on high for 3 minutes. Add eggs, mashed banana, and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides and add dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, mix topping ingredients until crumbles form.
  • Pour half of the cake mixture into the baking dish, sprinkle half of the crumble mix on top, add the rest of the cake batter, and sprinkle the remaining topping.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Optional Glaze:

  • Microwave peanut butter for 15 seconds to soften. Whisk peanut butter, sugar, and 3 tbsp milk until smooth. Add more milk as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 771kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 807IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 3mg
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