Red Carpet Banana Bread

March 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm 14 comments

A package was waiting for me on the door step when I got home yesterday:

My iHerb order! I figured out during my last trip to Whole Foods that some of the ingredients I wanted were actually cheaper on iHerb, so I went ahead and placed an order.

iherb order

That meant I immediately had to start experimenting!

I also had some old blackified bananas, which only means one thing…

black bananas

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!


Banana Bread

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

 flour mix

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.

banana bread dough

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.

roasted apples

It seems like every time I get this food processor sucker cleaned up and put away, I pull it out again!

homemade applesauce

The possibilities for banana are endless: chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.

  bread loaf banana bread 

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.

bleeding hand 

That was fun to clean up.

red food dye   



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.


black beans

Then I came home and had a slice of that banana bread I’d been smelling all day!

banana bread slice

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.


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thewordsareblurringtogether Bye Bye Miss American Pie

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. theprocessofhealing  |  March 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Fingers crossed for you girl!!!
    The banana bread looks great! And reminds me that I haven’t had banana bread in forever. So funny about the food dye! I would’ve freaked haha!

  • 2. Madeline - Greens and Jeans  |  March 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    That banana bread looks amazing! Even though I read “food coloring” I still totally thought your hand was bleeding!

  • 3. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self  |  March 8, 2010 at 6:16 am

    You scared me there for a second with your red hand!!! Glad it was just food coloring 😉

    That banana bread looks awesome!

  • 4. lessonstolearn  |  March 8, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Banana bread is my all time favorite! I was visiting my mom this weekend and she had sweetly made some gluten free banana bread just for me. The loaf didn’t last too long!

  • 5. Anna  |  March 8, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Oh my gosh, that hand pic scared me!!! Lol…food coloring is a pain in the BUTT sometimes 🙂

    Banana bread looks great!

  • 6. Heather (Where's the Beach)  |  March 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for the banana bread recipe. I LOVE banana bread!

  • 7. marathonmaiden  |  March 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

    yay packages. they seriously make my day 🙂

  • 8. Shayna @ Cuts and Curves  |  March 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

    MMmmmmm banana bread. Looks awesome. I love banana bread. It’s a wonderful treat. Thanks for your recipe! I always like to try out new ones.

  • 9. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life  |  March 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I didn’t watch the Oscars last night but I wish I had!

  • 10. Bye Bye Miss American Pie « with a Side of Sneakers  |  March 8, 2010 at 10:04 am

    […] since I decided on apple pie oatmeal for breakfast. When I was roasting apples for yesterday’s banana bread, I made sure to make […]

  • 11. rollerkoesterrun  |  March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    That banana bread looks UH-mazing!!! Especially with the added apples! YUM!


  • 12. mayapamela  |  March 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I have been wanting to bake with coconut oil! I’m really loving it lately. Banana bread is a classic in my house, and I’d love to update the ingredients a little!

  • 13. Abby  |  March 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    That banana bread looks sooo good… the red food coloring–not so much! Seriously, first glance I thought you lost a limb!

  • 14. Teacherwoman  |  March 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    That banana bread looks yummy! Glad it was a success for the first try! LOL about the food coloring. No fun to clean that up!


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