Easy Banana Crumble {Banana Crisp}

Quick and easy banana crumble recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. This banana crisp is loaded with fresh bananas, cinnamon, vanilla and crunchy oat topping. Also known as banana cobbler.

This is one of the best ways to enjoy bananas. This texture and flavor is not one you want to miss! It is also a great way to use up all those ripe bananas so they don’t go to waste. These Ripe Banana Recipes will help you with that surplus as well. If you prefer a more traditional crumble then try this Easy Apple Crumble Pie or this Apple Cranberry Crisp {Cranberry Crumble}.

Closeup Shot of Classic Old Fashioned Banana Crumble Crisp in Glass Baking Dish

How To Make Banana Crumble Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Prepare banana filling– By mixing together and cooking butter, brown sugar, cinnamon powder, apple juice, vanilla extract.
  2. Pour mixture– In a baking dish.
  3. Add banana chunks– And mix so they are coated.
  4. Prepare topping– By mixing together oats, flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract, butter, pecans.
  5. Spread mixture– On top of the banana sugar mixture.
  6. Bake– Until top is golden brown.
  7. Enjoy– With whipped cream.

What To Serve With Banana Crumble?

Ice cream– Vanilla is a classic choice, but pick whatever flavor you prefer.

Custard– Adds even more creaminess and vanilla flavor.

Whipped Cream– Can be homemade or store-bought.

FrostingsCaramel Frosting {3 Ingredient Frosting} or Easy Maple Frosting {4 Ingredients} would be delicious.

Sauces Caramel Sauce or Dulce De Leche  will be perfect.

Dulce de leche– This homemade Make Dulce De Leche is so good.

PuddingHomemade Vanilla Pudding adds another creamy vanilla element or you can pair with Homemade Banana Pudding.

White chocolate ganache– Use this Chocolate Ganache Frosting recipe, but use white chocolate in place of regular chocolate.

Easy Homemade Banana Crumble in Glass Dish with Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

Variations For Banana Crisp

Apple and banana crumble- Add 1 roughly chopped apple in addition to bananas.

Add other fruit– Such as strawberries, blueberries, or rhubarb.

Use plantains– Replace the bananas entirely with plantain.

Add chocolate chips– This adds sweetness and even more decadence.

Make it a vegan/healthy crisp– Simply use vegan butter or coconut oil, and use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar for a healthier version.

Add other nuts- Such as toasted cashews, almonds, or pecans.

Make mini versions– Use mini round pans to make individual treats for everyone.

Homemade banana cobbler without oats- Simply omit the oats and make more of a cake-like topping with the flour and other listed ingredients.

Make a thicker crispy topping- Simply double the ingredients and use that on top.

Add zests, spices and extracts– Such as ginger, vanilla, orange, lemon, almond, or amaretto extracts.

Tips And Techniques For Banana Cobbler

Why is my crumble not crispy? How to fix a soggy crumble? Serve it immediately! When it comes out fresh from the oven, the topping is the crispiest. Let it cool at room temperature and don’t cover it with anything because that will make it soggy.

Why is my crumble dry? Oftentimes, this means the ingredients were not measured properly. Not enough liquid/butter/ fresh fruits were added. Use measuring cups and measuring spoons. Another reason for dry crumble is over-baking. If it’s over-baked, all the moisture and juices evaporate and thus, dries up the dessert.

Don’t use bananas that are too ripe– Make sure the bananas are ripe, but if they are too ripe they will be mushy and it will fall apart.

Use unsalted butter- Because it prevents the dessert from becoming too salty.

Should my topping mix be dry and crumbly? Yes. Do not add any liquid. That’s what makes it so crispy and crunchy at the end. Too much liquid makes a soggy crumble.

How do you know when the crumble is done baking? The top will become golden brown and fruit juices and sugar will be bubbling.

Spoonful of Homemade Banana Crisp in White Plate


Refrigerate– In a sealed container for 2-3 days.

Freeze– I do not recommend freezing because the crisp on top will become soft and “mushy” when thawed.

Reheat– In the microwave or oven.

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Banana Crumble

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Quick and easy banana crumble recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. This banana crisp is loaded with fresh bananas, cinnamon, vanilla and crunchy oat topping.
Yield: 6 People


Banana Filling

  • 2 tbsp Butter, Unsalted
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup Apple juice, Or any other fruit juice of your choice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 5 Bananas, Cut into big chunks

Crumble Topping

  • 3/4 cup Old-fashioned oats, Cannot be replaced with quick oats
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Cold, Unsalted, Cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, Or walnuts, Roughly chopped



  • Prepare the banana filling by heating butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add brown sugar, cinnamon powder and mix until sugar dissolves completely.
  • Add apple juice, vanilla extract and cook for 1-2 minutes or until mixture thickens a bit.
  • Remove from heat and pour this sugar mixture in an oven-safe rectangle baking dish (Dimensions: 7×11 or 8×12).
  • Add banana chunks and mix them gently so they are coated in the sugar mixture.
  • Spread them out evenly in the dish. Keep aside.
  • Prepare the topping by mixing together oats, flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter or a large fork to cut the butter into the flour/oat mixture until you have a crumbly mixture. Do not add milk or water to thin it out.
  • Stir in chopped pecans.
  • Spread this mixture on top of the banana filling evenly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Then, serve with whipped cream.


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 541kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 58mg, Sodium: 180mg, Potassium: 509mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 44g, Vitamin A: 727IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 541
Author: Abeer Rizvi

One comment on “Easy Banana Crumble {Banana Crisp}”

  1. Made this the day before to bring to a family gathering. It was a big hit! Nice to have something different than a banana bread. I made a cream cheese drizzle for the top instead of doing whipped cream. Everyone loved it, thanks for the recipe, will definitely use it again. 5 stars

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