Cardamom Streusel Banana Bread

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for the banana bread

  • 3 extremely ripe (even brown) bananas, mashed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

for the streusel

  • 1/2 cup cashews, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas with the melted butter, stirring to combine. Mix in the sugar, the eggs, greek yogurt, and vanilla.
  3. Fold in flour, baking soda, salt, and spices mixing until well combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the cashews, sugar, flour, melted butter, and the spices
  5. Use your hands to work the streusel together, then sprinkle the streusel evenly over the loaf, covering it entirely with streusel.
  6. Bake the loaf for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf. If your streusel begins to get golden before the first 30 minutes of cooking, gently cover the top of the loaf with tin foil. This will prevent excess browning.