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Ultimate Banana Bread

Posted on 17 Apr 2011 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

Five black bananas, what to do? A Google search provided the answer: make the ultimate banana bread! Of course I didn't agree with the amount of sugar and butter called for in the original recipe... I mean, aren't 5 banana's sweet enough?! So I 'cleaned up' the ingredients list a bit, spiced things up, and made a semi-marbled banana bread instead. I took half of it to my parents, because I feared I would lose my self-control ;-)

Ultimate Banana Bread (serves 12)

Ingredients


  • *DRY*
  • 204 g (1.5 c) whole wheat flour
  • 24 g (1/4 c) ground flax seed
  • 32 g (1/4 c) muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • *WET*
  • 5 large overripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • *STIR-INS*
  • 60 g (1/2 c) of unsalted peanuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 30 g (4 tbsp) of peanut butter chips
  • 1-2 tbsp carob or cacao powder to make a marbled bread



Method


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the five peeled bananas in a microwave safe container with air vents and microwave on high (900 Watt) for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from microwave and transfer the bananas to a fine-mesh strainer placed over a bowl. Allow to drain, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. I had about 180 mL (3/4 c) of liquid after straining.
  4. Transfer the banana liquid to a saucepan over low heat. Add the instant coffee and let simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 4 tbsp (1/4 c).
  5. Place the reduced banana liquid and mashed banana mixture together with the rest of the wet ingredients in a food processor, and blend until mixed.
  6. Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix until just incorporated.
  7. Fold in the peanuts.
  8. Take half of the mixture and place it in a separate bowl.
  9. Add the carob or cacao powder to this mixture and mix until incorporated.
  10. Fill a loaf pan lined with baking paper, alternating between the regular mixture and carob/cacao mixture.
  11. Sprinkle peanut butter chips on top.
  12. Bake in an oven until firm and knife inserted in the middle comes out dry (about 1 hour).
  13. Let it cool down completely before slicing.

 

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