This time I have for you something simple, something classic, a banana bread with walnuts and dried apricots. Banana bread is a recipe known and made by everyone, it’s actually a loaf sweetened with bananas or we can say, a sweet bread. There are thousands and thousands of reinterpretations of the original recipe, it can be made simple without any other ingredients, but my choice was to put some pieces of walnuts and dried apricots. And I did well, look how beautiful these slices are, in which the apricots and the pieces of walnuts can be perfectly seen! 🙂
WHEN IS THE best MOMENT when you can make BANANA BREAD?
When you have ripe bananas, when black spots appear on their skin, which is a clear sign that they must be used immediately. I usually buy bananas already well ripe, because I don’t like the green ones. I use them either in smoothies or I remove their skin, I cut the bananas into smaller pieces and put them in a zip plastic bag in freezer so I can be use them in the future. Because I don’t like to add sugar in desserts, I always choose to sweeten them with bananas. This time I chose to use the ripe bananas that I had in a recipe of banana bread with walnut and dried apricots.
It’s a super simple, banal recipe, that anyone who can prepare it and I think that you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. It is very tasty, sweet enough from the bananas and the apricots from the composition, so you don’t have to add sugar anymore, and the walnuts are just fine. You can keep it for few days in the refrigerator, it can be eaten at breakfast (I usually eat it in the morning) or as a snack between meals. You can cut a few slices, put them in a casserole and take it with you to school, college or work. Don’t forget to put on some extra slices for your colleagues too, they will surely like this banana bread with walnut and dried apricots! 🙂
Now let me show you how easy and quit it is to make!
100 gr. whole wheat flour + 100 gr. all purpose flour
3 large, ripe bananas (about 300-320 gr.)
50 ml. milk of natural yogurt (add as much milk as needed to get an homogeneous compotision)
1 tablespoon vanilla essence + 1 tablespoon of rum essence
70 gr. dried apricots
60 gr. walnuts
15 gr. baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
pinch of salt
Optional: 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
* If you don’t have dried apricots, you can replace them with raisins, cranberries, dried plums or dates. The walnut can be replaced with: almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts or can be excluded.
In a bowl put all the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, white flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Mix.
In another bowl mash the bananas with a fork or with a poptato masher. Add the eggs, the yoghurt, the coconut oil and those two essences. Mix.
Cut the walnuts and the dried apricots into smaller pieces with a knife and add them in the bowl of dry ingredients. Add the liquid ingredients over them and mix everything well.
Put this composition into a baking loaf tray covered with baking paper greased with a little coconut oil. Put the tray on the preheated oven at 180°C for 40-45 minutes. Check after 35 minutes with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, banana bread is ready. If not, leave it a few more minutes.
Let it cool completely, then cut and serve with pleasure!
With love from Foodieopedia’s kitchen,
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