Am I the only one that seeks out over ripe bananas at the super market?
Banana bread has always been a favourite of mine, its so easy to make, naturally sweet and is always met with approval by my children. This loaf is made with almond meal (I didn't have quite enough so I incorporated some buckwheat flour as well), which I love, its so rich and adds a point of difference to what ever your making. I use a finely ground flour so not to alter the texture too much.
I left my recipe quite simple, because it was to be shared with friends and other small children I didn't incorporate nuts or seeds just incase they didn't like them (turns out her kids love them so I totally could have....next time). I think hazelnuts would be amazing in this, or blueberries, or sunflower seeds and cranberries....options, options, options.
This loaf will make your house small amazing, I think its the caramelising banana and nutmeg on top that give it that amazing aroma.
This loaf is gluten free, can be adjusted if you adhere to a grain free diet, just swap the buckwheat and brown rice flour for almond meal. Its also refined sugar free, it relies on the ver ripe bananas as well as a bit of raw local honey for its sweetness, I used Beagles Bees honey, if your in the Hawkes Bay I cant recommend these guys enough.
On to the recipe
Roasted Banana Bread
- 1 1/2 cup of Almond meal
- 1/2 cup of Buckwheat flour
- 1/2 cup of Brown rice flour
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 organic eggs (I used 1 duck egg and two chickens eggs, but 3 chickens eggs would be fine)
- 1/2 cup of raw honey
- 1/4 cup whole yogurt
- 3 ripe Fair trade bananas + 1 extra for the top
- 1 tsp fair trade vanilla paste
- Extra nutmeg for the top
- Preheat your oven to 180 C, line a loaf tin with baking paper
- In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together.
- in a separate bowl mash the bananas, add the eegs, honey, yogurt and vanilla. Whisk until combined
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined (here is where you add any nuts or other dried fruits).
- Pour the batter into your tin.
- Slice the remaining banana into long strips, place on top of the loaf and grate over some nutmeg.
- Place in to the hot oven and bake for 50-60minutes or until the centre is firm.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin.