We’ve made into March, which means we’re almost to the a change in the seasons! I love the excitement the new season brings. There’s always a boost in energy and mood.
Well before we get to the start of spring, we’ve got to survive the last cold days of a hard winter. A few more days of bundling up and staying cozy. A few more days of craving foods that are like a warm bear hug.
I made this banana bread a few weeks ago on a cold snowy day. I posted a pic of it on instagram, and had a few requests for the recipe. I don’t know if it’s my cooking or my photography! Either way it’s great to have it requested.
This recipe is all about comfort, melt in your mouth goodness. It’s so good. Like all of my recipes there’s room for versatility. There’s nothing exceptional about the ingredients, but they come together into a killer final product! Not to sweet, oh so moist (side note, but I really hate that word), and somewhat rich considering what’s in it. Can easily be made vegan, gluten free, and nut free.
Try it out for yourself.
I’m not going to lecture about the “healthy stuff” for this one. I’ll let it be enjoyed as you like.
- ¼ cup milk of your choice ( I used almond, but cow, hemp, goat, etc. will work)
- 6 tbsp. olive oil (sub coconut or butter, if you like)
- 4 tbsp. maple syrup (must use the real stuff)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups mashed ripe bananas
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups flour of your choice (wheat, spelt, etc.)
- dash of salt
- ½ -3/4 cup toasted nuts and/or seeds ( I used diced pecans this time) optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line cake pan or loaf pan with parchment paper, or gently line with oil and a bit of flour to prevent sticking.
- Place milk, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and mashed bananas into a food processor or blender. Mix until smooth.
- In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (baking powder, baking soda, flour) Add in the wet banana mixture and gently combine, be sure to use as few strokes as possible. Fold in nuts, seeds, or any other additional mix in.
- Pour batter into loaf pan, and smooth out the top. Bake 30 minutes. Place a toothpick into the bread, if it comes out clean then it's done if not bake a little longer.
Bread is best served warm.