Banana Crumb Bread

For this banana bread, inspired by my all-time favorite from The Moosewood Cookbook, I replaced a portion of the flour with fine dry bread crumbs. The crumbs I used were from a slightly sweet oatmeal molasses bread, but any crumbs should work if your banana is good and ripe.

I’m sending this to Frankie (Tartine Bread Experiment), with many thanks for guest hosting YeastSpotting next week.

Banana Crumb Bread

Yield: one loaf


  • Mix : 10 minutes
  • Bake: about 50 minutes


  • 94 grams olive oil
  • 170 grams honey
  • 105 grams (2 large) eggs
  • 125 grams flour
  • 3 grams (1/2 teaspoon) salt
  • 0.9 grams (1/4 teaspoon) baking soda
  • 6.8 grams (1 1/2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 0.3 grams (1/4 teaspoon) nutmeg
  • 2.5 grams ( 1 teaspoon) cinnamon
  • 213 grams dry, finely ground bread crumbs
  • 264 grams very ripe banana, mashed (about 3 or 4 bananas)
  • 116 grams strong coffee
  • 3 grams grated orange zest (from 1/2 small orange)
  • 6.7 grams (1 1/4 teaspoons) vanilla extract
  • 1.3 grams (1/4 teaspoon) almond extract
  • sesame seeds for finishing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Generously butter an 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan. Coat the inside of the pan with sesame seeds.
  3. Beat the olive oil, honey, and eggs together until they lighten in color.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir the bread crumbs into these dry ingredients.
  5. In another medium bowl, combine the banana, coffee, orange zest, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  6. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the banana mixture to the honey mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. After each addition, mix well to combine.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds.
  8. Bake for about 50 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center of the loaf returns clean.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.

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  1. that bread sounds like a nicely spiced banana bread!

  2. What a unique idea. I’ve heard so much about this cookbook and feel like I need to add to my wish list.

  3. great idea. and I love the combination of coffee and banana. this must have tasted wonderful!

  4. Yummy list of ingredients! What a tasty bread to bake and savour on a crisp fall day…

  5. This is great a moist and cakey, with an excellent crunch to the topping.

  6. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. That sounds so good. I love banana bread and it makes such a great breakfast in the morning with a little butter on top while its still warm.

  9. My favorite fruit is banana. Just I have read your post.I have liked very much in this recipe.I will try in my home by your directions.Thanks for your nice post.

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