Banana Walnut Bread with Oat Streusel

So, since my last post, I took yet another US medical licensing exam (Step 2 CS) AND applied to internal medicine residency. How's that for a busy week!?

Hopefully all the big hurdles are over, and assuming I passed everything *fingers crossed,* I don't have to take any more boards during medical school! Yay!

With all that's been going on as a 4th year, I've been behind on posts; I baked this banana walnut bread waaay back in July! I was on my medicine subinternship where I act as an intern resident - carrying my own patients, calling consults, writing orders, admitting and discharging, and I wanted to bring food for my first night call.

All I have to say is night call is bad for your waistline.  Especially if, like me, you eat to stay awake.
Although a lot of work, sub-i's are definitely an awesome experience - nothing like responsibility to your sick patients forces you learn fast!

I was talking to a fellow classmate, who commented that somehow over transition from 3rd to 4th year, everyone definitely matured and became so much more responsible. Although the M.D. was always a distant light at the end of the tunnel, it suddenly seems a lot closer once starting the final year!
The past few months - especially the last 3 weeks - have been really tough, and I've built up quite a sleep debt. I've applied to various residency programs and, like thousands of neurotic med students, wait eagerly for interviews.

Right now's the calm before the storm (of interview season), so I'll catch up on some Z's (and baking) while I can!
Not only is this banana bread super delicious / gorgeous with that streusel topping, the texture is as fluffy as a pillow! I confess, I kept poking the top because it was so springy. 

Since this was the night call snack/ breakfast for my medicine sub-i team, I kept with a classic banana bread recipe (adapted from Food Network) - generally, I try not to substitute many "healthy" ingredients when serving a crowd, especially if the majority is male, haha. So this is an easy and foolproof quickbread recipe, using ingredients you probably already have. Enjoy!

Banana Walnut Bread with Oat Streusel

2/3 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon butter, cut
2 tablespoons oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 325F. Butter a loaf pan.

With a mixer, cream the sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, then mix in the mashed bananas and milk. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing by hand until just combined (do not overmix).

Pour batter into loaf pan. Combine all the streusal ingredients then sprinkle on top the the batter in the pan.

Bake for 1 hour-1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!


  1. I'd love to spread a bit of jam or butter on a slice of this bread right now, looks scrumptious!

  2. you're accomplishing so much (and inadvertently making me feel like a total schlub...)! this bread looks perfectly moist, and streusels are among my favorite things in the world!

  3. Haha thanks Grace. Alas, I've neglected my blog a little - gotta keep my priorities straight though, and the MD comes first! Glad you liked the streusel topping idea :)

  4. big fan of celebrating stressful weeks via baking... as we speak I'm making a pumpkin bread, so I'm in the same boat as you with the big workload haha. I love banana walnut bread and I've never thought of adding oat streusel, will have to give this a try! xx

    1. Mnnn, pumpkin bread means fall is here - can't believe it!. Oat streusel on everything makes me happy :) I bet it would go great on your pumpkin bread haha

  5. Ah, I adore this recipe. I love banana bread. Sounds delicious with walnuts. I'll have to make this!

  6. Yummy!! Banana bread for night call sounds perfect. I recently had a week of night call and what a brilliant idea it is of yours to bring banana bread to night call. I don't think I've really brought anything yummy to night call before. I will keep that in mind next time there is night call and bake ahead of time :)

    1. Good luck with 3rd year. It's the hardest but you def learn the most! Luckily we don't have too much night call (saving it for residency!)

  7. Ohh I love this idea. My kids ask for banana bread way more than I'd like to admit ;) I'll be sure to try this oat streusel next time!

    1. it's because banana bread = banana cake in disguise haha. Try swap some butter with greek yogurt and use whole grain flour to sneak a few nutrients ;)