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Maple Banana Coffee Cake

This light and tender banana coffee cake has a sweet note of maple that goes perfectly with the rich pecan and brown sugar crumble on top.

  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 coffee cake squares 1x

Ingredients

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Pecan Brown Sugar Crumble Topping

  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) pecans (preferably toasted), finely chopped
  • 2 1/8 ounces (1/2 cup, spoon and level) all-purpose flour
  • 1 7/8 ounces (1/4 cup, packed) brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 ounces (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • heavy pinch of salt
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed and slightly softened

Maple Banana Coffee Cake

  • 8 1/2 ounces (2 cups, spoon and level) all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
  • 3 3/4 ounces (1/2 cup, packed) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/8 ounces (1/4 cup) plain yogurt (lowfat is fine)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons maple flavor*
  • 10 5/8 ounces (1 1/4 cups) mashed ripe banana (it can be a little chunky)

Instructions

Pecan Brown Sugar Crumble Topping

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the chopped pecans, flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt until evenly combined. Add the butter and rub in with hands until the entire mixture is crumbly and slightly moist, with no big chunks of butter remaining. Chill in fridge while preparing the coffee cake batter.

Maple Banana Coffee Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease an 8" square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well-combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the vegetable oil and brown sugar and whisk together until well-combined. Add the egg and whisk in until smooth. Add the yogurt and maple flavor and whisk in until the mixture is fairly smooth. Whisk in the mashed banana until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold in until just combined; don't overmix! A few small specks of flour visible are fine as they should get mixed in as you transfer the batter to the baking pan.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top in an even layer. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the batter. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Notes

*I found maple flavor at my regular grocery store, but it's also available online.