Recently, when I was home visiting my parents my dad asked me to make one of his all-time favorite baked goods…banana bread. I happily agreed, who doesn’t love banana bread?
Before I started, I was trying to think of ways to make mine different but still keep it close to the kind of banana bread that my dad knows and loves.
I did a little research on recipes and read that a lot of people like to add nuts such as cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, and walnuts.
I also read of people adding chocolate chips, peanut butter, dried fruit and frosting. All that sounded good to me, but I knew my dad wouldn’t want anything to get in the way of the banana flavor.
I decided to go with a little of orange zest, brown sugar, spices, and whole wheat flour for a heartier version of banana bread.
This turned out to be a crowd pleaser. Very similar to the classic banana bread recipe with an added orange aroma, and a bit of a caramel-y flavor. The whole wheat flour also gives the bread a wonderful texture.
Organic Banana Bread
- 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
- 1/3 cup organic virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/2 cup organic white sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup stone ground organic whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup of unbleached organic all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease your loaf pan.
- Guess what, you can do this by hand, no need to pull out the mixer today. This recipe is extremely easy and quick.
- I like to mix a tbsp of brown and white sugar with some cinnamon and nutmeg and coat the greased pan with it. It make an awesome crust but, it does add some sweetness.
- Mix together the organic coconut oil, banana, sugars, egg, and the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flours, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking soda. In 2-3 parts mix the dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Mix just until all the flour is moistened.
- Pour into your pan, and sprinkle a little more cinnamon sugar mix on top (if you want, but I don’t know why you wouldn’t). Bake for an hour, bread is done with a tooth pick or knife comes out clean.