I’m slowly getting back into the baking thing. It takes time which I don’t seem to have as much recently.
On Saturday, I realized that we had some extra ripe bananas and I wanted to bake something before we headed over to my boyfriend’s place. We came to the conclusion to make banana nut bread.
I found the recipe in Looneyspoons recipe book called Sweet Home Alabama. Its supposed to make two small loaves but I just made one bigger one.
Makes 2 small loaves/ 8 slices each
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup oat bran
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium or 3 large)
3/4 cup buttermilk or plain yogourt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8×4 inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
2) In a large bowl, combine flour, oat bran, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well and set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk together bananas, buttermilk, eggs, brown sugar, butter and vanilla until well blended.
4) Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips. Do not overmix batter.
5) Divide batter evenly among loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool loaves in pans over a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and (1) slice and eat warm, or (2) cool completely on rack, then store in plastic wrap.
I made a few modifications to the ingredients.
– Substituted buttermilk due to lactose intolerance to vanilla flavored almond milk
– Omitted vanilla (none left)
– Substituted brown sugar with white sugar (none left)
– Substituted chocolate chips with slivered almonds
Despite all the replacements, the banana nut bread turned out pretty good. The nuts gave it a nice chew and the bananas kept the bread soft and moist. There wasn’t too much sugar (and you can always put less) if you’d like to. Plus, the recipe is rather straight forward and easy and then 30 minutes later, its ready to eat.
I’d call that one a winner for sure! 🙂