Banana Bread…A must have basic

by Peachy Palate on February 18, 2014

Moist, lightly sweet, with a beautiful light crumb…it’s possibly the best banana bread I’ve ever made.

Ok so it’s not exactly as basic as the sweet potato fries but it’s a classic, a recipe everyone needs to have stashed in their collection, easily made gluten free and vegan friendly…I’m yet to play around with anything paleo in a similar vein but it’s on the cards.

 

The perfect treat to have at hand at snack time…

Or a mighty hunk to fill a variety breakfast plate.

I filled mine with some pecans but feel free to add in some dried fruit or even chocolate chips. I’m not a massive fan of dried fruit in my banana bread but each to their own!

 

I used to make banana bread every other week…but it’s been a while! This is one of the best yet. I’ve made it with and without eggs and the results were pretty similar! The eggless one was just ever so slightly more dense but you really would have to have the two of them side by side to truly notice the difference.

My favourite way to enjoy a slice is to lightly toast it on both sides under the grill…the edges brown and go crisp, and once warmed through its the perfect base for some drippy peanut butter that melts and mingles in to the grooves.

 

It is a little drool worth…

If you’re not a banana bread fan (?!!?!?!) then this sweet potato pecan and chocolate chunk bread is equally outstanding in the world of quick loafs!

Note: I actually baked the one in the pictures in a 1lb loaf tin with half of the mix. I have baked it as a 2lb loaf as per the recipe instructions as well. For the 1lb loaf I baked it for just 32 minutes and used exactly half of all of the ingredients listed.

What’s your favourite banana bread mix in and/or topping?

Basic & BEST Banana Bread

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 – 50 minutes

Keywords: bake bread breakfast snack gluten-free soy-free vegan vegetarian almond milk almond meal

 

Ingredients (10 -12 slices)

  • 120g (1 cup) gluten free oat flour
  • 90g (¾ cup) gluten free buckwheat flour
  • 55g (½ cup) almond flour
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 medium ripe bananas pureed (approx. 250ml/1 cup)
  • 125ml (½ cup) unsweetened almond milk or non dairy milk of choice
  • 2 large organic eggs (or 2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp water)
  • 80g (½ cup) coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple puree
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 70g (½ cup) toasted pecan nuts coarsely chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 180C (350F, Gas Mark 4).

Sift together oat, buckwheat and almond flour with baking powder and baking soda. Stir in ground flaxseed.

Whisk together the eggs (or if using the flax option whisk together flax and water and set to one side for 10 minutes until “eggy” in consistency).

Blend together eggs (or flax “eggs”) with almond milk, banana, coconut sugar, apple puree, and vanilla extract.

Add wet to dry and fold to combine.

Fold in the chopped pecans.

Place in baking parchment paper lined 2lb loaf tin. Bake for 45 -50 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester comes out of the centre clean.

Allow to cool for five minutes in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully. Store in a seal tight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to one month.

Delicious served with nut butter of choice, a little 100% fruit jam and additional chopped pecans on top!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake February 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I’ve never thought about toasting banana bread before eating it. YUM!

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Peachy Palate February 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

SO GOOD! Seriously you need to whip up a batch especially!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries February 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Mmmm LOVE banana bread! Great looking recipe. I have a friend in my MOPS gruop who’s gluten free, so I’m going to make this for our next MOPS play date!

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Peachy Palate February 18, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Delighted!!! Make sure to take a pic and tweet me! Love when others try out my recipes! I know your a big banana bread fan!

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Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} February 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Oh wow! I LOVE banana bread and your pictures were making me want some! Pinning!

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Peachy Palate February 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Thanks Liz!! !Let me know if you make this one!

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Cora February 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

This came at such an uncanny time – I had been craving good old, nothing crazy, banana bread all week and was just about to make a very standard (less “healthy” cough cough) recipe when this popped up! I actually made both this loaf and the sweet potato chocolate chunk loaf at the same time. Both WINS. Using eggs really does give the loaf a bit more “rise”, doesn’t it? But in terms of taste, you would never really know the difference. Even being gluten free, it totally hit the spot and devoured my craving for a normal sugar laden pastry flour version. Thanks, as always!! PS. That ceaser salad? Um.. I’m buying tomatoes today.

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Peachy Palate February 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Oh brilliant! Which was your favourite of the two? Bring on the Caesar salad! Yum!

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Nicola March 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Mmm this has just come out of the oven and it smells amazing! Can’t stop picking the cripsy bits off the top :) YUM!

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Peachy Palate March 5, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Tweet me a pic! :)

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Nicola March 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I don’t really do twitter but I put on Instagram :)

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Husnul April 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Hi! Loveee the look of this bread! Just wanted to know if you can use plain flour instead of buckwheat and oat, and for the eggless version, do you substitute anything? Thank you =D

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Peachy Palate April 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Gluten free flours do behave differently but in theory it should work but it might take a couple of attempts to get the amount required right. For the egg-less version substitute flax eggs!

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