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Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Streusel

A whole wheat Banana Coffee Cake with a topping of walnut-and-chocolate-chip streusel.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Calories: 259kcal


  • For the streusel topping:
  • 1 ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped
  • cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • For the cake batter:
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour can use half regular whole wheat and half all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup nondairy milk mixed with 1 tsp of vinegar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large bananas mashed


  • Make the streusel by mixing well all of the streusel ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the sugar, oil and vanilla extract for a minute, either in the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer. If you don't have either, use a whisk but make sure you beat well for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the nondairy milk, mashed bananas and applesauce and beat for another minute until everything is well incorporated.
  • Mix the flour with the baking soda and baking powder. Whisk.
  • Add the flour to the banana-oil-applesauce mix in two batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula to ensure everything's well integrated and you don't have any streaks of dry flour.
  • Oil and flour a cake pan. The one I used was a square pan that's 9 X 9 X 2 inches, but you can use a regular 8- or 9-inch cake pan if you'd rather.
  • Pour half of the cake batter in the pan and with a spatula make sure it is spread in an even layer. Sprinkle half of the chocolate streusel topping on the batter.
  • Pour in the remaining half of the batter and smooth over the chocolate streusel. Sprinkle the remaining streusel on top.
  • Bake the cake in a preheated 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan on a rack.
  • Slice and eat.


Calories: 259kcal | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 11.9g | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 23.3g