Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake

Extra moist banana cake with two layers of chocolate cinnamon streusel make this Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake a sure hit for breakfast or dessert!

Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake: extra moist banana cake with two layers of chocolate cinnamon streusel. A guaranteed hit for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

Breakfast?  Dessert?  What’s the fine line between the two?

I first made this for my mother-in-law, years and years ago, as part of a “brunch.”  I use brunch in quotes because, let’s be honest — anything this ooey-gooey chocolatey is 100% dessert.  But, you know, adding bananas and calling it a “crumb cake” totally makes it morning appropriate, right?

Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake: extra moist banana cake with two layers of chocolate cinnamon streusel. A guaranteed hit for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

Banana breads/cakes are super popular, and for good reason.  Not only are bananas delicious, but mashed ripe banana adds so much moisture to a cake.  The riper the better when it comes to baking — let those bananas sit out for a while!  They also impart a great natural sweetness to your baked goods.

Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake: extra moist banana cake with two layers of chocolate cinnamon streusel. A guaranteed hit for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

Here’s what’s so amazingly delicious about this banana chocolate chip crumb cake: the streusel-y chocolate chip crumb mixture.   It’s made from chocolate chips, brown sugar, and cinnamon (seriously, what’s not to love?).  But not only do we sprinkle the chocolate streusel on top of the crumb cake, we also add a layer in the middle of the cake.

Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake: extra moist banana cake with two layers of chocolate cinnamon streusel. A guaranteed hit for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

So you get an extra moist, rich, banana cake with two layers of melty chocolate in each bite.  That’s what I’m talking about!  Plus, it freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time.  Or save any leftovers… but I’m pretty sure there won’t be any leftovers.

Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake: extra moist banana cake with two layers of chocolate cinnamon streusel. A guaranteed hit for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

So what’s your vote?  Breakfast or dessert?  Either way, whether you serve this banana chocolate chip crumb cake at 9am or 9pm, it’s sure to be a hit!

Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake

Extra moist banana cake with two layers of chocolate cinnamon streusel make this Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake a sure hit for breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour a 9” round cake pan.
  2. Stir together chocolate chips, brown sugar, and cinnamon until well blended.
  3. Stir together all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a separate bowl.
  4. Beat sugar, butter, and egg in a large bowl until fluffy.  Beat in mashed bananas and buttermilk.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spread half of batter into baking pan and sprinkle with half of chocolate chip mixture.  Repeat with remaining batter and chocolate chip topping.  Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.  Cool in pan before serving.

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