Banana-licious Banana Bread: Starbucks Style
So I pretty much hate putting bananas in baked goodies. Let’s see…
Banana on my cake?
No thank you!
But banana bread?
Somehow strangely yummy. 🙂
Maybe it’s the fact that the banana flavour in banana bread is subtle and doesn’t overwhelm my taste buds, but banana bread is the only baking recipe with banana that I can stand.
Luckily I found a great recipe for banana bread by Starbucks:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2-3 tbsp buttermilk
- 3 ripe medium-large bananas (mashed, and I’ll explain what I mean by ripe in the directions).
- 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
- Blend together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Mix together the egg, sugar and vegetable oil until combined.
- Mash the ripe bananas in a separate bowl with a fork. And by ripe, I mean the bananas have dark brown peels – yeah, those peels, the ones bananas get when you think they’ve gone bad. The reason for this is that the riper the banana the sweeter it is and the more easier to mix because it’s so soft. As much as you want to go for a yellow banana, don’t. A yellow banana might be more appealing to the eye, but it won’t blend well and the texture of the banana bread will be wrong. (Trust me, I’ve tried!)
- When blended, add the buttermilk to mashed bananas. Mix until combined.
- And then add the sugar, oil and egg mixture. Again mix until combined.
- Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Fold in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Top batter with remaining 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts.
- Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes in loaf pan before removing banana bread from pan.
- Cool removed banana bread on wire rack.
Yum! (I prefer having my banana bread in the morning with some coffee.)
(aka “Let’s see how many times I can use the word ‘banana’ in one post”)
P.S: If you – or someone you know – has a nut allergy, you can leaving out the walnuts altogether or substitute with chocolate chips.