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Neighborhood Cinnamon Crumb Banana Bread

Banana Bread From A Friend

Loaf packed with crumble topping

Loaf packed with crumble topping

I love this recipe because it came from a recent visit to a neighbor who claimed it was the best banana bread which she received from another friend.  I tried a bite and had to agree.  I couldn’t find where the recipe came from, but it is pretty simple as banana bread should be.  The only issue I had was the baking time which I happily enjoyed the slightly undercooked middle slices while sharing the perfectly baked and moist outer edges.


  • 1 egg
  • 1C Sugar
  • 1/2C room temp. butter
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1/2C buttermilk (I used milk and lemon juice replacement)
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed (I used 3)
  • 2C AP flour (I used Bob’s Redmill)
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • I added 1/2C chopped walnuts

Crumb Topping

Crumble topped slice

Crumble topped slice

  • 1/2C Powdered sugar
  • 1/2C AP flour
  • 4T melted butter
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  1. Beat egg, sugar, vanilla. Add butter.  Beat in buttermilk and bananas.
  2. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder,and cinnamon.  Slowly stir dry into wet.
  3. Spray loaf pan with oil before pouring in batter.
  4. Combine crumb topping with your hands and sprinkle over loaf.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 minutes.  Mine took much longer and was still underbaked.  I ate the gooey middle pieces without complaint but when making for a crowd allow extra baking time.


This one falls under #theRealWendy umbrella as Starbucks makes a similar loaf replacing the crumble with a walnut topping (I added chopped walnuts to the batter).  Although the ingredients are better than most packaged foods, it is still very overpriced for a packaged slice of bread.


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