Whole Grain Banana Bread

Lance Washburn

By
@ChefWashburn

Some personal notes regarding the optionals:

- If I am going to use the chips (once in a while thing), I typically use an equal mix of the chocolate and peanut butter chips.

- While I think this recipe is fabulous on its own, adding strawberries to it is just yummy goodness. I add 2/3-3/4c into the batter, and layer the rest on top down the middle before baking.

- If desired, sprinkle old fashioned oats over the top of the batter before baking.


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Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

50 Min

Ingredients

1ST STAGE INGREDIENTS:

1/4 c
wheat germ
1/4 c
ground flax seed
1/4 c
oat flour
1/4 c
whole wheat flour
3/4 c
bread flour
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 tsp
cinnamon

2ND STAGE INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c
coconut oil
1/4 c
honey
1/4 c
packed natural brown sugar
2
eggs
1 1/2 c
mashed over ripe bananas
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract

3RD STAGE INGREDIENTS:

1/4
hot water
1 tsp
baking soda

OPTIONALS:

1/2 c
chopped walnuts
1/2 c
dark chocolate chips, preferrably 60% cocoa
1 c
strawberries, hulled and sliced (strongly recommend this.... yum yum)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2
Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with coconut oil.
3
Combine flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Whisk and set aside.
4
In another large bowl, combine butter, honey, and sugar and beat for two minutes. Add the eggs and lightly beat until just combined. Mix in bananas and vanilla -- do not over mix. Gradually beat in the flour mixture in thirds.
5
Dilute baking soda in ΒΌ cup hot (not boiling) water, then beat into batter.
6
Fold in, by hand, any optional ingredients that you choose.
7
Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 325 for 50-60 minutes. (Test for doneness being careful not to over bake as it may dry out the bread)
8
Remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool. If you plan to serve this to guests and want clean slices, then allow it to cool for 30 minutes. If you want to enjoy some melt-in-your-mouth, out-of-this-world, warm banana bread, then dig in after 5 minutes.

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