Friday, April 5, 2013

honey almond banana bread



Happy Friday, y'all! It's been cold and rainy here in Dallas this week, and I have to say that I. am. over. it. But! We're supposed to be seeing some warmer weather today and hopefully through the rest of the weekend. I'm praying that's the case and that SPRING is finally going to really be here!

Whether you're still stuck in the cold or enjoying warm weather, there are fewer treats more comforting and satisfying than banana bread. It's as great to enjoy snuggled up under a blanket as it is packed in a picnic!

There are so many versions of banana bread out there (how good does this strawberry banana bread look?! or these darling banana yogurt muffins?), but this one is definitely one of my favorites. The coconut oil makes it so very moist, the honey gives a subtle sweetness, and I love the crunch of the almonds on top. It's just pure goodness.

Wishing you warm weather and banana bread this weekend!

Honey Almond Banana Bread
makes 1 9x5 inch loaf

you'll need:
3 large ripe (or over-ripe) bananas
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, mash bananas with a potato masher or back of a spoon until smooth but with some small lumps remaining. Whisk in egg, oil, brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Add baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir until mixed in. Add flour and stir until just combined (do not overmix!)

Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle chopped almonds on top. Bake 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then invert on a rack to cool completely.

14 comments:

  1. It's been soooo cold here in Maryland too! I am ready for a real spring! This bread looks perfect for all the cold and dreary weather we've been having!

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    1. Yes, SO ready for spring! Thanks Dawn!

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  2. Oh your bread looks sooo good! I love the top and the color! Thanks for the shoutout on my muffins!

    and I hope you have a great weekend and way to go, hanging in there with your cleanse! And posting banana bread while it's happening with coconut oil. I did.the.same.thing !

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    1. Thanks so much, Averie! So funny about us both posting banana bread... must be a craving!! :)

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  3. I was already going to make almost this exact bread. Can you substitute veg. Oil for the coconut oil? Almonds are great on banana bread.

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    1. That should work just fine! Olive oil or butter are also great, of course! :)

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  4. This looks delicious. I love almonds on/in pretty much anything! I've yet to bake with coconut oil...I think I might be missing out.

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    1. Thanks Monica! I've only started baking with coconut oil in the last few months and I LOVE it. It lends the most tender crumb to everything! I'd definitely recommend giving it a try!

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  5. I'm halfway there... I've got the warm weather, now all I need is to rescue the wilting bananas in my fruit bowl (again).

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  6. We FINALLY have our 70s as of today! I'm SO happy that the weather is finally warming up! Hope it gets warmer for you soon! This looks delicious, by the way! :)

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    1. YAY for warmer weather! It warmed up here too, PTL!

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  7. I am so happy Dallas is getting warmer :) and this bread looks delicious, esp with almond on top. I have never baked with coconut oil but m excited to see the difference it makes :)

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    1. Ohh I'm excited for you to try baking w/coconut oil- I absolutely love it!

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