Starbucks walnut banana bread makeover

I spent last summer in sunny Florida with my family and of course, we went a couple of times to Starbucks. I noticed that their banana walnut bread was highly popular, but despite its name, it’s unfortunately not a very healthy treat. I decided to adapt the original recipe into a healthy, but still very delicious option without all the butter, refined sugar and wheat flour that is jammed into a single Starbucks serving. This banana bread turned out to be such a lovely, dense and moist bread, redolent with banana flavor and will win over even the non- banana lovers.

Bananabreadblog.1 Ingredients for 1 loaf:

Wet:

  • 3 large overripe bananas + 1 banana for the topping*
  • 10 pitted (medjoul) dates
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Dry:

  • 1 cup oat flour/ buckwheat flour/ spelt flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg

*It is important to use overripe bananas, because the riper the banana gets, the more the flavor develops. Please don’t try to make this recipe with anything less than very ripe, heavily speckled fruit, unless you are fine with a bland, non-sweet loaf.

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (180°C) and lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin, then line the base and sides with baking parchment.
  2. Process all the wet ingredients till you get a puree.
  3. Whisk in a mixing bowl all the dry ingredients.
  4. Slowly whisk in the wet ingredients until well combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface.
  6. Cut the fourth banana in length half wise and put on top for a nice decoration.
  7. Bake in the oven for about one hour. The top should be firm to touch and the banana on top golden brown.
  8. Let the banana bread cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

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While the banana –walnut bread is baking and the lovely aroma fills the house, it’s so inviting that it will get everyone running to the kitchen. This loaf came out soft, moist and tender (but not underdone) on the inside with a sweet and crunchy crust, and the good thing is: it is so healthy! The spices give the bread such a great flavor, while the walnuts ensure a crispy nuttiness throughout the bread and dates add a very pleasing texture. My whole family loved it and it was gone within one day. This walnut-date banana bread is a perfect treat for any occasion and a great alternative for the Starbucks version.

Lots of love, Leila

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