I have this recipe on speed dial in my ever growing list of ‘must bakes’ – it is one of my absolute favourites. I don’t know why I haven’t blogged it before now – I think maybe I was thinking there are so many Banana Bread recipes out there, no one wants to see another one!! Then I thought about it some more & realised that in order for me to settle on this particular version, I tried lots of different recipes & am always looking for my next ‘favourite’, even while I am touting the ‘favourite-ness’ of this one.
Yes … mine is a fickle brain indeed! Suffice to say, I decided sharing is never a bad thing – especially if you are like me & want to experiment with different combinations, textures & flavours. I took my main inspiration for this from the ever amazing Bill Granger.
What are this main things I love about this Banana Bread you might ask? Even if you might not, I am going to bang on about them anyway!
It is a healthier version of a traditional recipe – in that, I have used wholegrain flour, light sour cream & coconut sugar as replacements for more heavily processed products like white flour & sugar.
Bored yet? Yeah, me too. What I really love about this recipe is that the combination of sweet chunky mashed banana, the earthiness of wholegrain flour & caramel flavoured coconut sugar gives this Banana Bread a density of rich texture & flavour that will leave you scrunching your face in delight with each bite. By then topping it off with an almond, coconut sugar crust, the melted sugar enhancing both the nutty flavour of toasted almonds & leaving a sticky, caramel melt that makes you go, “Mmmmmmmmm!”
I have shared my love of using Coconut Sugar on many occasions now & am finding that I use it more & more in my baking (& even on my porridge some days!). It works brilliantly well as a substitute for heavily refined sugars like white & brown & offers an amazing caramel flavour that gives more traditional recipes another dimension of taste. It has a lower GI than refined sugar & while a little more expensive, it goes a long way & is a far more sustainable product overall. Be aware though, it does not contain less calories – if you’re looking for refined sugar substitutes with that, you might want to take a closer look at Stevia products.
Anyway, all that said, this Banana Bread is the bomb! Moist, rich & caramel sweet. Try it, I think you’ll agree.
Here’s how it goes;
So there you have it! My version of a Must Bake Banana Bread Bake. I hope you like it as much as we do, quite regularly in fact!
Cook! Eat! Enjoy!