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If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a maple kick lately. While I can’t think of a fall flavor I don’t like, maple nears the top of my favorites. It seemed fitting, then, to turn my bespeckled bunch of bananas into banana bread with a maple twist.

Maple Pecan Banana Bread | Tutti Dolci

Sweetened with maple syrup and maple sugar, this loaf is incredibly tender thanks to buttermilk and coconut oil. A quick streusel topping (streusel should be a breakfast requirement, don’t you agree?) is just the right amount of adornment; maple and pecan are banana bread’s perfect match.

Maple Pecan Banana Bread | Tutti Dolci

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Maple Pecan Banana Bread

  • Yield: 1 loaf, 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp maple sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Maple Pecan Topping

  • 1/3 cup pecans, halved
  • 3 Tbsp maple sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F and spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine banana, maple syrup, maple sugar, coconut oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth top with an offset spatula.
  2. For the topping, combine pecans, maple sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add coconut oil and toss mixture with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter and bake for 30 minutes; rotate pan and cover with foil to prevent over browning. Continue baking another 31 to 33 minutes. Bread is done when golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes; carefully remove bread from pan and cool completely before slicing and serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Notes

Maple sugar is available at King Arthur Flour


Nutrition

  • Calories: 225

Hi, I’m Laura and welcome to Tutti Dolci, a baking and desserts blog celebrating all things sweet. Featuring beautiful, approachable recipes for everyday and entertaining, I love to put my own twist on classic desserts and inspire a passion for baking.

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36 comments

  1. Hi Laura! I made this banana bread last night. The house was filled with a gorgeous maple scent and the loaf itself was amazing. I’ll be making this recipe for years to come. It also works well with gluten-free flour. Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous recipes! Cheers!

    1. Hi Robyn! So glad you liked the bread, and great to know that it works well with GF flour too :). Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Hi Laura!
    I love the photography and so picturesque slice of bread. I have baked this loaf with variations over a dozen times in last few months since I discovered your recipe. Let me tell you, this recipe is absolutely full-proof. I am posting my version of Banana-Oat Bread recipe using walnuts and chocolate chip and of course strudel toppings inspired by yours. Thank you and keep them coming.

    1. Thank you, Jinal! So glad you have liked the bread and made it for your family. I love the idea of adding chocolate chips! πŸ™‚

  3. This looks and sounds absolutely incredible. I love the healthy twist on it as well. Do you think the recipe would would well if I substituted the buttermilk for almond milk? x Lilly.

    1. Hi Lilly! Almond milk should work – add 1/2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar to the almond milk before using. The lower fat content may affect the crumb of the banana bread slightly (I’d also watch the baking time closely – your bread may be done a few minutes earlier). Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

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