Actual thoughts while eating this cinnamon banana crumble bread while making my actual breakfast: if you eat a slice of banana bread before your actual breakfast does that count as an appetizer or a second breakfast? And if you eat it with your coffee, is it technically coffee cake? Whatever the heck it is, give me more of it.
This loaf of banana bread makes for the perfect coffee dipping slices. And if you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, let me introduce you to heaven. I’ll preface this by saying that I am typically a die hard iced coffee kinda gal. I live in Chicago, but I’ll drink iced coffee in the depths of the brutal Chicago winters. BUT, you can catch me with a hot latte if and when there is a “dipping slice” accompanying it. Whether it is a slice of coffee cake, banana bread, or pumpkin bread, it’ll soak up the coffee, and they make the damn perfect pair. And this loaf makes the most perfect dipping slices.
The texture of this banana cinnamon crumble bread is super soft and, yes I’m saying it, moist in the middle. It’s the classic banana bread texture we know and love, topped off with a crispier crumble topping. The mix of textures is delightful!
This loaf is SO close to a classic banana bread, with a twist from the cinnamon and the crumble topping. But you can absolutely make it without the cinnamon if you’d like and/or without the crumble for a more plain, classic banana bread.
The crumble is undoubtedly the star of the show in this recipe! I am a strong believer that basics are great, but I love to put my spin on things – the crumble being the spin in this recipe. It is only 4 ingredients, super simple to make – you just mix it with a fork, and sprinkle it over the top of your batter before baking! While you could skip out on the topping if you really would like to, I would highly recommend adding it. After all, it is the star of the show!
Storing your banana bread
Store your bread in an airtight container or ziploc bag, once it has fully cooled! Be cautious not to store the loaf while it is still warm, or the additional heat will cause the crumble topping to soften up more quickly. That said, for the most tasty slices, enjoy within 2 – 3 days. 🙂