A few years ago I looked for a simple banana bread recipe and found the foundation of this…on the Internet! Over the years I have tweaked the recipe and experimented with different combos. This is one of my favorites.
3-4 ripe organic bananas
1/3 cup melted butter organic butter
1 cup organic sugar
1 egg beaten (I use organic, free range – local when possible)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla (this can also be organic if available)
pinch of salt
1 cup of unbleached organic flour
1/2 cup of almond meal (this is a the secret ingredient that always catches people by surprise. I usually get my almond meal at Trader Joe’s in the baking/nuts section)
1/2 cup of shredded organic unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup of organic dark chocolate chips
All you need for this recipe is a large mixing bowl and a wooden spoon. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mash bananas. Add the butter and sugar. Mix in the beaten egg. Add the baking soda, vanilla and salt. Add the flour and almond meal and mix well. Add the coconut and chocolate chips and stir once or twice. Pour into lightly greased bread pan. Set timer for 45 minutes. Test the center after 45 min passes. If still slightly sticky, turn off oven and leave bread in for another 5-10 minutes. Remove and cool for 20-30 minutes. I like it warm and gooey so sometimes I don’t wait that long. After 30 minutes I usually remove the bread and keep it in foil to maintain the moist middle that the almond meal produces.
For another more simple combo try the banana bread with walnuts.