Moist Banana Bread Coffee Cake stuffed with Cream Cheese is the best banana anything ever!
This Banana Bread Coffee Cake is riddled with chocolate chips and walnuts (optional) with an INCREDIBLY creamy cream cheese filling all showered with Cinnamon Walnut Streusel and Vanilla Drizzle!
When I first posted my Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, I received comment from a reader that they were confused – nowhere in the recipe did it call for coffee?! I guess the term “coffee cake” is a widely popular American phrase for our cake-like sweet breads commonly served for breakfast/brunch and often with coffee, but not world-wide used. So I hope I don’t disappoint some of my readers when I tell you that this Coffee Cake does not have coffee – but it does have bananas, cream cheese, walnuts and chocolate chips!
This deliciously moist Cream Cheese Stuffed Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Coffee Cake is a banana bread lover’s dream! Actually, it is everyone’s dream because my husband was going crazy for this banana coffee cake, and he isn’t a banana bread type of guy. It tastes like sweet banana bread with bursts of chocolate, slight crunch of walnuts with a mega creamy cheesecake-like layer of cream cheese all topped with Cinnamon Walnut Streusel and a kiss of Vanilla Glaze. It is basically one of my favorite Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream’s – Chunky Monkey – in cake form. And I loooooove Chunky Monkey and now I loooooooove this cake!
How to Ripen Bananas in the Oven
To make this breakfast, brunch, or dessert dream, you need ripe bananas, and I, for one, hardly ever plan ahead enough to have perfectly ripe bananas when I want them. So here is a little magic trick to transform your bananas into perfectly ripe bananas in just 25 minutes! Simply line your bananas on a baking sheet (the bananas leak a little so you might want to line your sheet with foil) and bake at 325 F degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes or until your bananas are dark brown/black on the outside and slightly soft to the touch.
Viola! Now you can make this Banana Coffee Cake today! Because is there anything better than banana cake for breakfast with a hidden surprise cream cheese layer?
I played off of my Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Cake for inspiration, but I used a little different technique for the cream cheese layer by incorporating some of the batter into the cream cheese instead of egg/flour so it is even creamier and thicker.
This banana bread coffee cake requires just a few extra steps, but it is totally worth it and really is quite simple. And the crowning step, top off this gem with Vanilla Glaze and its time for the moist chocolate, cream cheese deliciousness to begin…
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