Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora
Who doesn’t love Banana Bread? It’s one of the quickest breads to make for this season of potlucks and homemade gifts, and it’s delicious when included in Kwanzaa festivities. This recipe is less sugary, has real banana flavor and the whole wheat flour increases the health factor. For an impressive almond version of Banana Bread, try making the DuoDishes.com recipe with leftover pulp from making almond milk. Instead of traditional walnuts or pecans (as pictured in this story), try using one of Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid’s ingredients, Brazil nuts. They add a fresh taste similar to peanuts.
Banana Bread with Nuts
Recipe originally published on MyLifeRunsOnFood.com
3 to 4 ripe bananas
1/3-cup good quality olive oil
1-cup unbleached white flour
1/2-cup whole wheat flour
1/4-cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4-tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 egg, beaten
1 cup chopped nuts (Brazil Nuts, pecan, walnuts and so forth); plus more for garnish*
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas.
3. Mix in the remaining ingredients.
4. Pour banana batter into loaf pan. Garnish with nuts.
5. Place in the oven and bake from 50 minutes to one hour.
6. Let cool on a wire rack.