The Banana Pecan Coffeecake that Tastes like Toffee

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Dark brown sugar and pecans add flavor, sweetness, and crunch to this Banana Pecan Coffeecake. It’s like all that’s delicious about banana and toffee rolled into one.

square of banana pecan coffeecake on a plate with strawberries

Do you go through a lot of bananas at house? It seems like you can never keep them on hand long enough. Between Monkey Salad and Magic Monkey Bananas, who could ever let bananas go to waste?!

That said, inevitably one can overbuy. Or just forget that there was a beautiful bunch of bananas on the counter just a few days ago.

Never fear! There are plenty of ways to make good use of the bananas that might have browned a bit too much for just munching. Try using the very ripe bananas in smoothies, like this Coconut Mango Banana version or just freeze them sliced to stock your Smoothie Station.

Bananas are also the perfect baking ingredient, making a lovely appearance in Chocolate Banana Marble Cake,  Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting or Coconut Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips.

And of course this amazing, crumb- and nut-topped confection that tastes like banana and toffee all rolled into one.

white plate with square of banana pecan coffeecake and strawberries

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When I find regular kitchen staples on sale, I buy a lot. I’m currently using a price book to track prices and that’s saving me money. For this recipe, keeping an eye on the price of flour and butter can help keep the price down.
  • Buying in bulk – It’s rare that I would buy just one bag of flour. Instead I stock up when I see a sale. I also have gotten into the habit of buying cases of flour from Bob’s Red Mill or buying them in bulk from VitaCost. I practice the same bulk buying for spices and other baking ingredients.
  • Check the produce clearance. Often times the grocery store finds itself with a surplus of overripe bananas. They are happy to unload them for cheap. Be sure that you snatch them up for a good price. (In my neck of the woods this would be about 50 cents a pound or less. Preferably less.)

How I make this recipe easy:

This Banana Pecan Coffeecake recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

  • food processor
  • Silicone spatula/spoon – I have two or three of these – so convenient!
  • 9×13-inch pan – I love the ones that come with plastic lids for easy storage and stacking in the freezer.
  • food processor – I have had a food processor for 23 years and use it several times a week. I currently use this Cuisinart model and am coming to appreciate the three separate bowls. Good news for this recipe, it’s a one-bowl deal.

metal pan of coffeecake with plate of coffeecake and strawberries

5 from 2 votes
Banana Pecan Coffeecake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Dark brown sugar and pecans add flavor, sweetness, and crunch to this Banana Pecan Coffeecake. It's like all that's delicious about banana and toffee rolled into one.

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, bananas, coffeecake, pecans, snacking cake
Servings: 12
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar can also use granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flours, brown sugar, and butter. Pulse until coarse crumbs form.
  3. Remove 1 cup mixture and set it aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the banana, milk, egg, and vanilla.
  5. Add the baking powder and salt to the remaining flour mixture. Stir in the wet mixture. Blend until smooth.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the pecans over the batter. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the nuts. Bake the coffeecake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  7. Store the coffeecake, covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Note: The dark brown sugar lends a toffee flavor to this recipe. You can use other sweeteners, but the flavor nuances will change.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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Comments

  1. Kelly says:

    Yum!

  2. teresa says:

    sounds delicious. i think i’ll make it for a family reunion/breakfast we have coming up soon. thank you!

  3. Rebecca says:

    My family tolerates banana bread, and they devoured this in a day!
    Thank you for a new way to use bananas.

  4. Lizzy says:

    This recipe was easy to follow and delicious to eat. I tend to be a little European in my taste for sweets, meaning that I prefer less-sweet desserts and treats. Consequently, the only thing I didn’t love was that this cake was actually too sweet for me. As this is not a problem with the recipe, I am giving five stars. I enjoyed the cake, but I will try reducing the sugar using the method explained here:
    https://blog.kingarthurflour.com/2017/04/26/reduce-sugar-in-cake/
    Will this result in more banana flavor and less toffee flavor? I don’t know. But it’s worth a try.

    If you’re not sure whether to make this recipe, I can say that everyone in my family, ages 4-38, loved this cake (my wonky sweet tooth aside). I bet your family will love it, too.

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