Yeah we all love to eat banana bread here on the islands and even better if you put a cool tropical spin with it. First we have so many amazing bananas to choose from in Hawaii to make our banana bread and not just stick to the basic Cavendish, ice cream and so many other varieties available on the islands. The tropical versions using apple bananas, red varieties give off so much more flavor and sweetness to our banana breads here in Hawaii. We can make some really amazing Hawaiian style banana bread on the islands whether you stick to a classic style of want to add some interesting ingredients with the videos below.
In any case banana bread is that fantastic All-American comfort food we all crave and can you imagine a whole house that is warm and smells so good with fresh baked banana bread?
Easy to make and healthy banana bread
Even if you are a novice, banana bread maker, it is relatively easy and requires just a few ingredients. Bananas, flour, eggs, oil, milk and other baking essentials.
If you want to make a healthier version of this, use 100 percent whole wheat flour instead of refined flour. Also you can substitute naturally sweetened honey and a healthier oil
Let’s start with a classic banana bread recipe with healthy ingredients
1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour or regular flour
1/3 cup vegetable, olive oil or coconut oil
1 cup of mashed bananas approximately 2 large bananas –(double for the smaller apple banana varieties)
½ cup honey
1/4 cup of milk or water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix in any of your favorites of ½ cup nuts (how about macadamia nuts) raisins, chocolate chips, chopped dried fruit
Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan thoroughly using any of the above oil and pre set your oven at 325 degrees.
Using a large bowl combine oil and honey and mix together. Eventually add the eggs and beat well.
Add the mashed bananas and milk or water and mix well
Let the mixture rest for a few minutes while you get your other ingredients ready to add
Eventually add the vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and mix in well so the dry ingredients blend
Stir in the flour and mix in well
Last step is to slowly blend in the rest of the optional ingredients to the mixture
Pour in the batter into your greased pan and you can add more cinnamon sprinkles on top
Bake your banana bread approximately 60 minutes and use the toothpick inserted in mixture to test for any sticky wetness.
Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes
Transfer to a wire rack to cool another 20 minutes and then slice it up to eat!
Storing your banana bread
On the kitchen countertop, banana bread can last for a few days or can keep up to a week in the refrigerator. You can also freeze banana bread (cut them ahead of time before freezing so it is easier to eat immediately after warming)
Oil options and flavor profile
You can use any of the oils above for a healthier option. Coconut oil is definitely a nice option with some of the tropical addition and healthy anti-oxidants, olive oil leaves a more nutty herbal note and vegetable oil is neutral in flavor
Dairy free version
You can substitute water or almond milk instead of milk
Use maple syrup instead of honey and flax eggs instead of regular eggs and last choose non-dairy milk or water
Video banana bread inspiration
Tropical style banana bread
Super moist banana bread recipe
Dairy free coconut banana bread
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