I went overboard with this recipe and made 5 medium loaves and 12 mini muffins. I knew the basic recipe for banana bread – flour, egg, ripe bananas, vanilla, baking soda, salt.
I modified it to my own desires though. This whole process took me about an hour max. So here we go!
- 1 cup Whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1 small egg
- 3 – 4 very ripe bananas (speckled brown skin is best)
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread (I only used this with 2 of the loaves)
- 1/3 cup of brewed hazelnut vanilla coffee (used this for 2 loaves and the 12 mini muffins – I also upped the flour to 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (for the other 3 loaves)
So here we go – first preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a bowl, mash the bananas and mix in the melted butter. If you are adding other ingredients – like say coffee – add the liquid ingredients now. Mix in the sugar, a beaten egg, vanilla thoroughly. Make sure the chunks are to a minimum (unless you like chunky banana bread. Then go for it!). Add in baking soda and salt. Last but not least add in the flour and oats and stir until mixture is smooth, no dry bits are seen. If you are adding chocolate chips – add them now.
Divide the mixture into muffin cups and loaf pans. If you are adding hazelnut spread like I did, than fill the loaf pan halfway put a tablespoon of warmed hazelnut spread down the middle of the loaf and swirl it into the mixture with a toothpick or a fork – add the rest of the banana bread mixture.
Put into oven for 35 – 45 minutes – or until toothpick comes out clean
Chocolate Chip Loaves
Let cool and then serve immediately or store properly to serve later
Enjoy a slice or two with a cup of tea. It has to be in a Batman or other superhero mug.
These loaves actually came out perfectly. I didn’t expect them to bake so well since I was adding and removing ingredients like crazy. I would like to try a gluten free version as I have a close friend or two who are celiac so maybe next time I will try it with rice flour and hope not to get a goopy mess. Cheers!