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Banana Crunch Bread


The BEST homemade banana bread with a crunchy, crumb topping. Great for breakfast with a cup of freshly brewed coffee!

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1 stick
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed, 1 cup
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional (I used 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, 1/2 stick


Servings 12
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 80mins


Step 1

Spray or grease the bottom of a standard loaf pan (mine was 1 1/2 qts. capacity). Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl and using a mixer, beat together the sugar, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Beat in the butter until smooth; beat in the buttermilk and mashed bananas.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon, if using. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture just until incorporated. Do not overmix. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the crumb topping ingredients together using a large fork or the bottom of a wire whisk until mixture resembles peas. Sprinkle the crumbles over the top of the batter.

Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until center tests done with a toothpick.

Cool in pan for about 15 minutes on a wire rack then run a thin knife around the edges to loosen and remove to the rack to cool completely.

Sift confectioners sugar over the top then cut into slices.

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