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Banana Streusel Loaf
5 from 6 votes

Banana Streusel Loaf

This Banana Streusel Loaf has a layer of gooey streusel in the middle of the loaf, and a crumbly layer of streusel on top.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 2 loaves
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For the streusel:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, (I prefer ceylon cinnamon here)
  • ¾ cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup butter, cold and cubed

For the wet Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs

For the dry Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour, use a gluten-free flour blend to keep this bread vegan, I prefer Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, (I prefer ceylon cinnamon here)


Chop and toast the walnuts

  • First, chop and toast the walnuts. Just do a rough chop of the walnuts, then place them in a frying pan over medium heat. Watch the nuts closely, tossing them every so often. They're toasted when slightly browned and fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.

Make the streusel

  • Add the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, flour, and walnuts to a small mixing bowl. Whisk together with a fork until everything is incorporated.
  • Now add the cubes of cold butter to the mixture. With your hands or a pastry cutter, mix the butter into the rest of the mixture. Keep going until streusel forms. This happens when the butter makes the cinnamon/sugars/walnuts/flour mixture form in clumps.
  • Put the streusel mixture in the refrigerator until it's time to compile the banana streusel loaves.

Mash the bananas

  • Add the bananas to a large mixing bowl. With a fork or your hands, mash them up. You still want there to be texture, but mash the bananas until they’re pretty smooth.

Make the batter

  • To the bowl with the mashed bananas, add the sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, oil, and the eggs. Whisk until everything is well combined and incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients

  • Now add the flour, almond meal, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir until just combined.

Compile the banana streusel loaves

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Oil TWO 8 inch by 4 inch loaf pans. Carefully pour ¼ of the batter into each loaf pan.
  • Now sprinkle ½ of the streusel mixture on top of the batter in each pan.
  • Next, divide the remaining batter in the mixing bowl in half. Evenly pour ½ of the remaining batter over the top of the streusel layer in each pan. Use an offset spatula to spread the batter over the streusel layer. The streusel layer should be completely covered by batter.
  • Last, divide the remaining streusel evenly between the two loaves. Sprinkle it evenly over the layer of batter. This last layer of streusel will just about completely cover the batter.

Bake the banana streusel loaves

  • Bake the loaves at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the middle will come out mostly clean.

Cool, serve, and enjoy!

  • Let the banana streusel loaves cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Serve alone, or with a glass of almond milk.


This recipe makes TWO, 8 inch by 4 inch loaf pans.
This banana bread is gluten-free if you use gluten-free flour in the cake batter and streusel.