peanut butter banana coffee cakes.

cover my absolute favorite decadent treat from starbucks is hands-down their banana chocolate chip coffee cake. it’s amazing. sadly, a couple weeks ago I ordered a slice and was told they no longer carry it. this is a borderline day ruiner. but I took it as an opportunity bake. and re-create the recipe in my own kitchen.

I am happy to say my peanut butter banana coffee cakes are gluten-free, butter-free, cupcake-sized. and oh so scrumptious.

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peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBCyour streusel ingredients.


add: 1/2 cup brown sugar1 tbsp ground cinnamon.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

in a plastic bag, combine: 1/2 cup chopped nuts & 1 cup chocolate. [I used 1/2 cup of each reese’s pieces & chocolate chips for my chocolate]. and then take out your aggression!

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your streusel is complete. set aside.

now in a different bowl, combine dry ingredients.


1 1/2 cup corn flour [or all-purpose flour]. 3/4 tsp baking soda. 3/4 tsp baking powder. 1/4 tsp salt.

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set aside.

now for the wet ingredients.


combine: 3/4 cup sugar. 1 egg. 1 cup greek yogurt [I used almond creme flavor]. 1 tbsp peanut butter. 

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until mixed completely.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes

use 3 very ripe bananas. mash up! & add to wet ingredients.


if you do not have buttermilk [like me] – use approx. 1/4 cup of milk & add 2 tbsp lemon juice.

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add dry mix to wet mix.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

the name of the game is layering. [batter, streusel, batter, & lastly streusel]. don’t over-fill. I may have. 

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my oven tends to be on the slower side. and my coffee cakes were done in 22 minutes.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

if the toothpick comes out clean ..they’re done!!

let cool approximately 10 minutes before devouring. orrr the way I like them, cooled completely. usually I like my baked goods warm & gooey. but for some strange reason, these are best served cold.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

makes approximately 12 [cupcake-sized] coffee cakes.


  • 1 cup chocolate chips [I used 1/2 reese’s pieces + 1/2 cup chocolate chips]
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts [I used pecans]
  • 1 tbspn ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup corn flour [or all-purpose flour]
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup greek yogurt [I used almond creme flavor]
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed [very ripe] bananas. approximately 3 bananas.
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk [or milk + lemon juice for a substitute].


  1. preheat oven to 350°F. place cupcake liners in cupcake tin.
  2. make the streusel – combine chocolate chips and/or reese’s pieces, brown sugar, chopped nuts, and cinnamon. mix well. and set aside.
  3. in a different bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. sift. and set aside.
  4. in a different bowl, combine wet ingredients: sugar, 1 egg, greek yogurt, and peanut butter. mix well. add mashed bananas & buttermilk. combine!
  5. add dry ingredients to wet ingredients – & blend well.
  6. layer into the muffin tin – batter, streusel, batter, & top with streusel.
  7. bake in oven 18-25 minutes. [my oven tends to be slower, & took 22 minutes].
  8. let cool completely. or 10 minutes if you can’t wait. and ..
  9. enjoy!

peanut butter banana coffee cakes

happy tuesday.


big things on the horizon.

hello all.

today is day 3 of blogging on the nook. I still haven’t touched my computer. fear. but besides the lack of a functioning computer – it’s been a great week behind-the-scenes for the blog!

I baked.


I filmed a hair tutorial. for soft, easy beach waves. [I’m quite apprehensive about my first video, but I think it’s a ‘must-share’. so I’m going to overcome my fear. it just needs to be heavily edited. I’ll keep you updated].

new photo & video editing software. [which means as soon as I figure it out, or [J] does & teaches me – the images on LLinaBC will be so much prettier! and ..quite possibly the occasional video tutorials].

my mom [former hairstylist/still my hairstylist] is ready to make her debut on the blog. with a ‘DIY hair coloring tutorial’. on my head, of course! [if you have any hair questions send them to me. we’ll put her to worrrk!].


the topics may seem a bit scattered right now, but when I’m inspired by something in my daily life, whether it be coffee cakes or curly hair, I write about it. my goal is to eventually have a schedule-ish, so you have an ‘idea’ of what I’ll be posting each day ..I’m thinking recipe tuesday. bare with me! I am very happy to be growing & building my little blog. we can only go up from here!

on that note – I’d love to hear from all of you! I want to know what you like, what you don’t, what you want more of, or less of.

to each & every person who reads LLinaBC: thank you. every comment, like, & interaction brightens my day. truly.

happy thirsty thursday!

to new adventures, on a rainy day.

we’ve made it to the middle of the week. little victories.

and I have a happy story. my favorite sweet treat at starbucks is the banana chocolate chip coffee cake. it’s decadent and amazing. well, a couple weeks ago I decided to splurge and order a slice. the barista [via the drive thru] informed me they didn’t carry it any longer. I don’t know if that’s true for all stores, but I was crushed. with coffee cake still on the brain.

preface: I don’t bake! I loved to help my grandma as a little girl. but as an adult, I’m just afraid. well starbucks gave me no choice. so yesterday, I took to the kitchen ..with fear & a lot of hope.

why I’ll never be a “baker”: my kitchen never has butter. never. as I was beginning my coffee cake, I was on the phone with my mom ..and when I told her I was missing a key ingredient [butter]. she laughed. and announced it wasn’t possible without.

well folks, I made a scrumptious coffee cake with NO butter. and I called my mom after my first bite to announce my victory!

I am so happy with my delicious, decadent, butter-less coffee cake. so much so ..I’ll be sharing the recipe [and step-by-step pictures] on the blog next tuesday!

peanut butter banana coffee cake.


it pays to step outside of your comfort zone!

happy wednesday!