Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Banana Nut Bread with Graham Streusel Topping

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I was invited to a baby shower for a coworker over the weekend.  She is the sweetest "first time mom" ever!
Every kick, she was amazed...
Her entire journey has been glorious! I was there of course, rubbing her belly and telling junior what a beautiful baby they were!!

I am so beyond happy for her and her hubby. She is having a beautiful baby BOY! <can you tell my grandmother's clock is ticking>  I cannot wait for my first grand baby!
I had the best time shopping for this baby shower ever!
I was all over the place, from the clothes to the toys to the baby bottles!
Anyway, my coworker has been craving bananas through out her entire pregnancy.  I mean she LIVED bananas, she could have bananas morning, noon and night!
She could care less what anyone thought of her as she devoured literally an entire bunch just for breakfast... I've never seen anything like it!  At one point I was convinced she was carrying half monkey! 

I was instructed to bring a dish to her baby shower...  You guessed it, banana bread!
But I didn't want just regular banana bread.  I wanted a banana bread with an awesome topping/kick per say.  I wanted her (and baby) to devour this bread and then come and plead with me for more!  To which I will graciously make.
So this is how this recipe was created.

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You have the most delectable moist banana bread.  Now add in your pecans.
Here is the fun part; were going to jazz it up a bit.  Let's add crushed graham cereal and chopped pecans along with amazing dark brown sugar as say a streusal...
Well my friends, I can honestly tell you, mom to be ate almost the first entire loaf herself.  Then the guests devoured the 2nd loaf and looked to me for more!

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The flavors of the banana bread coupled with the honey sweetness of the grahams along with the amazing pecans?
I can honestly tell you, you will have to "smack hands away as they are trying to pick off the topping"!!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs slightly beaten
5-6 large ripe bananas mashed
2 tbsp. sour cream
2 tsp. baking soda
4 cups all purpose flour
good pinch of salt
1 cup chopped pecans

Streusel Topping:
1-1/3 cup graham cereal crushed/chopped
1/2 cup pecans chopped
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar

Honey butter:
1 stick room temperature unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
2 tbsp honey
*mix till well incorporated*

-In a medium bowl, sift in your flour, salt and baking soda, set aside.

-Chop your pecans finely.  Then chop your delectable graham cereal finely as well.  If somehow a few pieces of the cereal end up in your mouth, this is fine, don't panic...

-In a small bowl, add the dark brown sugar along with the chopped pecans and that amazing graham cereal.  Mix till thoroughly incorporated, set aside!!

 I know, I had to have a taste...

-In your mixer bowl, add your sugar and butter and beat till nice and fluffy, certainly can use a hand mixer as well.  Once light and fluffy, add beaten eggs all at once.  Continue beating till incorporated.  Add your bananas and sour cream.  Slowly, add in your dry mixture ingredients. Continue adding in your dry ingredients till all is incorporated and nice and creamy

Once batter is nice and fluffy, turn off beaters and then "fold in"your delectable pecans.

Oh yeah.... go ahead, dip a finger in it!

-Preheat oven to 375F.

-Butter two 9 inch loaf pans. Divide banana bread batter evenly between the two pans.
-Evenly spread that luscious struesel topping over both loaf pans. Press struesel topping slightly onto batter to ensure it sticks.

-Bake for 60-70 minutes or till cake tester comes out clean.
 **Note:  I covered the banana breads with a sheet of tin foil half way thru baking to ensure the streusel topping did not burn.**

Let bread cool in loaf pans for 10 minutes, then transfer onto wire racks to cool completely!!

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-Serve with honey butter if so desired, or just serve on a platter...

Either way this banana bread is an amazingly moist, nutty bread just enhanced with a golden honey struesel topping!
What an excellent morning, noon and anytime treat!

Yield:  2 9" (inch) loaves

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Don't know why I haven't had banana nut bread in year...I always loved it!! Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe!!

    1. Your welcome DeeDee!!! I hope you try it!!

  2. Didi, this looks great. I never have graham cereal in the house but for some reason I bought a box of chocolate graham crackers a few weeks ago. Think that would work in the streusel? I'm thinkin it wouldn't be bad, especially if I added some mini chocolate chips to the batter. More like a cake, than a bread. What do you think?

    1. Linda, sweetheart... pal and love of mine... YOU JUST MADE ME DROOL!!!!
      I think it would work perfect, sans the brown sugar. Maybe 1 tbsp of sugar and a 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder to enhance the struesel... what you think?

  3. I think it would be delish, but I will leave out the cocoa powder. My biggest problem is that there are not enough hours in a day to cook all your fab recipes. Loveya

    1. LOL, I hear ya Linda!! Time is "not" my friend, lol!!