Red Carpet Banana Bread
A package was waiting for me on the door step when I got home yesterday:
That meant I immediately had to start experimenting!
I also had some old blackified bananas, which only means one thing…
Banana bread time!!!
My mom and I have baked banana bread together for as long as I can remember (we had a lot of bananas go bad ;)). We always used the recipe from the Fanny Farmer cookbook, which is fabulous, but I thought it was time to try something new.
I’m totally one for experimenting with recipes while cooking; however experimenting with baking is a no-no for me. Until today!
1 c spelt flour
1/3 c buckwheat flour
2/3 c all purpose flour
3 T flax seed
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla
1/4 c agave nectar
1/4 c coconut oil
1 T molasses
1/4 cup homemade applesauce (see below)
2 very ripe bananas
Combine dry ingredients in bowl. Add wet ingredients and stir to combine. You may need to get your hands in there and get a lil dirty. I promise it’ll come together. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray. Place dough in pan, form loaf shape. Top with extra flax seed and crushed walnuts. (Optional). Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Toothpick should come out clean.
For homemade applesauce:
Cut Granny Smith apples into small chunks. Squirt with agave nectar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Spread out on sheet pan and roast 30-35 minutes 325 degrees, stirring halfway through. Let cool; puree in food processor.
It seems like every time I get this food processor sucker cleaned up and put away, I pull it out again!
The possibilities for banana are endless: chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.
I was pretty pleased how the banana bread turned out! Especially for my first stint with not following a recipe. It can use some tweaking, but I’m definitely enjoying it 🙂 I’d probably bake it a few minutes less- the bottom’s just borderline dry. Can’t wait til I have some more black ‘naners. 🙂
At one point I looked down at my hand and saw I was bleeding profusely. My thoughts were in slow motion as I thought “when did I cut myself”…”why doesn’t it hurt”…”why’s it so….red?”
Yeaaa that’s when I realized the red food coloring spilled in the cabinet.
That was fun to clean up.
The husband really wanted to go out to dinner tonight, so we went to Poblano’s for some authentic Mexican.
I got the veggie quesadilla with black beans on the side. Yum! SO much food though.
Then I came home and had a slice of that banana bread I’d been smelling all day!
By the way, I finally decided I needed to be realistic- there was no way I was going to get all that reading done. I did as much as I could, then bit the bullet and took the test for the conference. Fingers crossed!!
Are you watching the Oscars tonight? For the red carpet? For the hosting? For the winners? I’m pretty sure the only movie I’ve even seen that’s nominated is The Blind Side.