Banana bread is one of those desserts that are so easy to make and, if you have ripe bananas on hand, something that can easily be ready in an hour and a bit. I have previously shared a oil and butter free version of banana bread but this one is a bit more indulgent (read, naughty). Seeing as banana bread is really versatile this recipe is great to have on hand. Add in some roasted nuts or dark chocolate to give the banana bread a sweet surprise.
I have to thank my brother for sharing this recipe with me. When we were in Mexico he shared a couple slices with me (thanks, Reto!) and I was smitten. Really it is that good.
By the way bananas are good for you so you can feel a little less naughty while enjoying this treat. Bananas contain potassium which have been found to protect against osteoporosis and the magnesium in them plays a part in bone formation. Want to know more about the health benefits of bananas? Check out the link.
Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Topping Recipe
2 large (or 3 small) ripe bananas
¼ cup oil
1 cup sugar
1½ cups flour
Pinch of salt
1 flax egg, check out the link for how to make it
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 table spoon brown sugar, sprinkled on top before baking
Preheat the over to 180°C. Grease a loaf pan, and set aside. Using a fork, mash the bananas in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, except the brown sugar. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
This banana bread travels well and is perfect for road trips and long flights. If you want to freeze it I recommend to first let the banana bread loaf fully cool, cut into slices of 1-1.5 cm thickness. Lay flat on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen you can place the slices into a freezer safe container or bag and then thaw a slice whenever you need one.
What are your thoughts on banana bread? Is there a favourite hack or ingredient that you like to use? Many even a special topping? If you have a favourite recipe please share it in the comments below. I would love to know what your banana bread style is.