Banana Bread Cobbler - Easy Cobbler Recipe with Bananas and Pecans! (2024)

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This banana bread cobbler has everything you love about banana bread, minus the loaf pan! A moist cake-like base is studded with sliced bananas, then topped with an irresistible layer of crispy brown sugar and pecan streusel.

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Easy Banana Cobbler With Streusel Topping

If you’ve made Strawberry Cobbler, Plum Cobbler, or other cobblers in the past, the name of this recipe might leave you a little bit puzzled. How do you make banana bread into cobbler?!

To be sure, this isn’t a traditional cobbler recipe. Instead of a jammy fruit filling on the bottom, the base of this banana bread cobbler is more like a super moist banana cake.This is topped with a layer of streusel, giving you all the flavor of a streusel-topped banana bread, simply in a different form.

You see, this is banana bread without the bread. All the good parts of banana bread are put in a baking dish and baked into a bubbly, warm, yummy creation. Top it with some ice cream, and suddenly banana bread is suitable not just for snacking, but for serving as a dessert.

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What You’ll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card to find the ingredient quantities and recipe instructions.

For the Streusel Topping:

  • Light brown sugar – Learn more: Light Brown Sugar vs Dark Brown Sugar: What’s the Difference?
  • Self-rising flour
  • Unsalted butter –Let this soften at room temperature for about 30 minutes before starting the recipe.
  • Old-fashioned rolled oats –Here’s the difference between rolled oats vs. quick oats.
  • Pecans– Since you’ll be chopping them anyway, buy less expensive pecan pieces instead of whole pecans.

For the Filling:

  • Self-rising flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Milk – I always recommend baking with whole milk.
  • Unsalted butter – Learn more:Unsalted or Salted Butter: Which is Better for Baking?
  • Bananas

What Is Self-Rising Flour?

Self-rising flour is flour that already has baking powder and salt mixed into it. While you can buy it readymade at the grocery store, you can also make your own self-rising flour at home.

How to Make Banana Bread Cobbler

One of the best things about this cobbler is how easy it is to make. For the small amount of work that goes into it, you get an incredibly good return on your investment.

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Make the streusel. Stir together the brown sugar, flour, and butter in a small bowl until they’re crumbly, then stir in the oats and pecans.

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 375°F and lightly grease an 11″x 7″ baking pan.

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Make the batter. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and milk in a mixing bowl, just until they’re blended. Whisk in the melted butter.

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Assemble. Pour the batter mixture into the prepared pan. Arrange the banana slices on top, then add the streusel topping.

Bake. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until brown and bubbly. Serve warm.

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Tips for Success

Read through my baking tips for beginners, then follow these additional tips for this banana bread cobbler recipe:

  • Use ripe bananas. Ripe bananas will give your banana bread cobbler sweetness and flavor, and they’ll also hold their shape (and look more appealing) than the over-ripe bananas you’d typically use for banana bread.
  • Cover the bananas with the streusel. Making sure the bananas are completely covered will slow down the browning process.
  • Don’t over-mix the streusel. To get that crumbly streusel texture, you’ll want small lumps of butter in the streusel mixture.
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Variations

Try adding a layer of coconut flakes over the bananas before adding the streusel topping. Chocolate chips can be added before layering on the bananas, or try adding mini chocolate chips to the streusel mixture. For a little more cozy flavor, you can add ground cinnamon or other warm spices to the streusel.

Serving Suggestions

I love this banana bread cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream—preferably the kind flecked with real vanilla beans. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a dollop of homemade whipped cream either, and a drizzle of caramel sauce is delicious too.

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How to Store

Store banana bread cobbler covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Although you can eat it chilled, I recommend warming it up in the microwave first.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze this banana bread cobbler for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly in the baking dish, or transfer leftovers to an airtight container. Let it thaw in the refrigerator before warming and serving.

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More Banana Bread Recipes

Nutella Banana Bread
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Dulce de Leche Banana Bread
Granola Banana Bread

Get the Recipe:

Banana Bread Cobbler

Yield8 to 10 servings

Prep Time15 minutes

Cook Time45 minutes

Total Time1 hour

Turn the flavors of banana bread into a delicious dessert with this sweet Banana Bread Cobbler. Just top with ice cream and enjoy!

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Ingredients

For the streusel topping:

  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (60g) self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (99g) uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (85g) chopped pecans

For the filling:

  • 1 cup (120g) self-rising flour
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (237ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 medium bananas, sliced

Instructions

To make the streusel:

  1. Stir together the brown sugar, flour, and butter until crumbly.
  2. Stir in the oats and pecans. Set aside.

To make the filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease an 11″x 7″ baking pan.*
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and milk just until blended. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour into the prepared pan.
  3. Top with banana slices and the streusel topping. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Notes

*Most any baking pan with a 2.5-quart capacity will work.

Recipe slightly adapted fromSouthern Living.

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