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Banana Bread

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I didn’t want to share this, really who needs another banana bread recipe, there are a zillion out there right? Well, this turned out so good I had to share. I tweaked the recipe I always use which is really good but this bread was outstanding. What did I do, not that much really. Added 1/2 cup spelt flour, increased the banana, added dark chocolate chips and sprinkled some homemade granola on top. The end result is really wonderful. I have to admit it’s the best banana bread I have ever made, that say’s alot because I have made MANY loaves. The recipe makes one standard size but I like toย make 3 mini loaves. I had guests arriving to stay in my air bnb room so I left one loaf in the room, kept one for me and gave the other one to friends. Works out perfectly.

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Banana Bread

1 stick, 4 oz or 8 tbs unsalted butter- I used Kerrygold- softened at room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup spelt flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 large very ripe banana’s (close to 1 1/2 cups) mashed with a fork

1/2 cup full fat sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

dark chocolate chunks or chips you judge how much I didn’t measure, I guesstimate around 1 1/2 cups

enough granola to sprinkle on top

Pre heat oven to 350 degree’s

Butter or spray your loaf pan or pans

Preheat oven to 350

In stand mixer with paddle attachment beat the butter and ย sugar until light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Whisk together the flours, salt, baking soda and add to the butter/egg mixture beating only until combined. Add the banana, sour cream and vanilla and again beat until combined, remove the bowl and fold in the chocolate. Spoon into loaf pan or pans and bake for large loaf 60-70 minutes, will be golden brown and cake tester inserted in center should come out clean. If making mini loaves, bake 25-35 minutes.

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  1. Yummm! I love banana bread ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
  2. You can never have too many banana bread recipes especially if you love Banana bread like I do !! I bet with the addition of the choc chips as well as the granola on top makes it taste fab. Banana and chocolate is such a lovely combination. Thanks for sharing.

    June 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much. The granola is great on top and totally agree can never have too many recipes for the classics.

      June 15, 2016
  3. Like the addition of granola on top, I will whack my homemade gluten free granola on my next gf banana loaf. There is always room for more ideas and recipes I think!

    June 15, 2016
    • Thanks Lisa, the granola topping is so good and gives a lively crunch!!

      June 15, 2016
  4. Love banana bread! This looks fantastic, Suzanne! Loving that crunchy granola topping. ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
  5. it looks lovely!

    June 15, 2016
  6. I love putting chocolate chips in my banana bread… moving forward will definitely try sprinkling granola on top. What a delicious idea!

    June 15, 2016
  7. This sounds delicious Suzanneโค๏ธ

    June 15, 2016
  8. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Canโ€™t wait to try it!
    Maria

    June 15, 2016
  9. Love the addition of granola. xx

    June 15, 2016
  10. There’s always room for one more banana bread recipe! Love the additions and changes you made here, especially the use of spelt flour, which is one of my favorites.
    The bread looks delicious and perfect for breakfast/brunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
  11. Oh Yum-o Suzanne-growing bananas on our property does have its perks-and I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the idea of granola/choco. chips-Brilliant my friend…xx

    June 15, 2016
  12. Oh yes! So glad you shared. Can always use an update to a classic.

    June 15, 2016
    • Thank you Michelle banana bread is such a classic and there has to be a zillion versions. I love this one.

      June 15, 2016
  13. queensashy #

    That’s a funny thing with recipes like apple pie and banana bread — there are so many of them on the web, but which one to trust??? I am so glad you posted your banana bread. The recipe I am using needs a lot of improvement, and searching for a better one I have been overwhelmed with choices. Now I have a recipe that comes from a cook I trust the most. That, my friend, is priceless ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
    • You make me blush. Thank you so much Aleksandra. I feel the same about you.

      June 15, 2016
  14. Seems very original and delicious – so nice to look at ๐Ÿ™‚ – amitiรฉs – et merci pour le bon, beau partage – bises – france

    June 15, 2016
  15. What a great idea to sprinkle the top with granola! I bet it gave such great texture and additional flavor. Love the addition of chocolate chips, too. It really sounds wonderful, Suzanne! Do you mind if I ask what does the spelt flour do to it? Is it just for health reasons?

    June 15, 2016
    • Hi Shari and thank you. The granola adds both texture and flavor and I am a big fan of granola, the spelt, I genuinely like it, it’s good for you, an ancient grain and if I didn’t add spelt it would be all AP flour, whole wheat just doesn’t do it for me. Spelt is nutty and a has such a pleasant and distinct flavor, not over powering. Just delicious it added that quality in a very small way to the bread.

      June 15, 2016
      • Thank you for the information about spelt. I wasn’t familiar with it and love learning about new (to me) ingredients.

        June 15, 2016
  16. I always love trying new banana bread recipes! There are so many out there, I always find myself happening upon a new one that I want to test out. I like the combo of banana bread + chocolate, it’a a winner in my book ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
    • Thanks Heather, I love trying new recipes as well and it’s always fun experimenting with a tried and true recipe making it new.

      June 15, 2016
  17. Yum. That looks so good that I feel like getting out our beaters.

    June 15, 2016
  18. I love banana bread ๐Ÿ™‚ and yours sounds delicious, looks lovely and moist and definitely a banana bread I would like to try. I have never baked with spelt flour before, so it will be interesting ! Hugs to Percy ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
    • Thank you Lynne, love spelt, I put it in almost everything except my layer cakes, quick breads, waffles, pancakes. It’s so good.

      June 15, 2016
  19. I recently made banana bread, but it didn’t come out as moist as yours looks. I was wondering about the spelt flour. Does it add more flavor?

    June 15, 2016
    • Hi Sharon, yes the spelt adds flavor a rich nutty flavor. I use more banana than is called for in the recipe that adds extra moisture as does the sour cream. Thank you so much.

      June 15, 2016
  20. Of course u hv to share. ๐Ÿ™‚ There can never be enough banana bread recipes and it’s finding good the right one that’s tricky. I love the granola toppings!

    June 15, 2016
  21. Suzanne, the changes you made are brilliant! And the photos are art.
    Always remember that there are plenty of people like me, who haven’t been terribly adventurous with cooking. If I ever made banana bread it was so long ago that I’ve forgotten… maybe some kind of muffin version I think it was…
    So you see — you are a mentor. Maybe one day I’ll have time for both writing and cooking. LOL.
    Your Air BNB guests are lucky folks. That was a lovely touch.
    Mega hugs!

    June 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much Teagan, this recipe is terrific and highly recommend getting some spelt flour. It’s wonderful!!

      June 15, 2016
  22. Bring on the banana bread! Your version looks awesome, Suzanne. Question: Do you add the granola on top before or after baking it?

    June 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much Kathryn. I added the granola before baking, mind you I made mini loaves that did not have to stay in the oven as long as a regular size loaf. Not sure how the granola would fare in the oven for an hour. I have to try that and report back. Of course if making a full size loaf you could sprinkle on the granola mid way after it’s baked it wouldn’t stick to the loaf.

      June 15, 2016
      • I’ve been looking to buy some mini loaf pans lately. One of my many “kitchen wishes” along with a spiralizer and sous vide machine. ๐Ÿ™‚

        June 15, 2016
      • Sous vide is on my wish list. I LOVE my mini loaves, inexpensive and come in so handy. I now use them more often than the larger loaf pans. I can make 3 mini’s from one recipe, freeze 1 or 2. They are great as gifts. Love.

        June 15, 2016
  23. One can never have too many banana bread recipes and yours looks delicious. I love the idea of using spelt flour and granola on top. Your are a wonderful and very creative cook Suzanne. Hugs….

    June 15, 2016
    • Thank you so much Gerlinde, I am a fan of both spelt and granola and adding both made a wonderful loaf.

      June 15, 2016
  24. Looks great!

    June 15, 2016
  25. Mmm, I love banana bread and this looks delicious!

    June 15, 2016
  26. Banana bread is one of favourite things. I don’t make it often enough as I seldom have left over bananas! I have made a version with chocolate chips but never one with granola – I think that addition is a great idea. Your air bnb are lucky to find one of these loaves in their room.

    June 15, 2016
    • Same here, I usually do not have leftover banana’s or any over ripe ones because I eat them Thank you so much.

      June 15, 2016
  27. Loving that you’ve added sour cream – and the chocolate chips. Chocolate and bananas are so good together. Have been threatening to make my banana cake again. But every time I buy bananas they suddenly disappear. My poor oven is now a storage cupboard!

    June 15, 2016
    • Johnny whats wrong with your oven? Are you getting a new one? Hope so. Haven’t seen you for a while. Hope all is well and thank you. The sour cream and banana make this a super moist loaf.

      June 15, 2016
      • The oven’s fine! It’s me that can’t seem to get back into baking mode again. ๐Ÿ™‚

        June 15, 2016
      • Totally get it Johnny I have been in a slump!!! Miss your posts!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        June 15, 2016
  28. I have some ripe bananas and wanted to make some banana bread. I will try your recipe!

    June 15, 2016
    • Thanks, I hope you let me know what you think if you try it.

      June 15, 2016
      • Yes, I will! Thank you for the recipe!

        June 15, 2016
  29. I too love to bake my banana bread in mini loaf pans! It is a great way of sharing the love and topping the loaves with granola is a brilliant idea Suzanne ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
    • Thank you Marisa, love making loaves in the mini pans. You are so right, it’s a great way to share the love.

      June 15, 2016
  30. You can never have too much banana bread recipes Suzanne- thank you for sharing this one with us ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
  31. I always love a good banana bread recipe and great idea topping it with granola for added crunch.

    June 15, 2016
  32. Hi Suzanne, Oh I love what you did with this banana bread, the addition of chocolate and granola is wonderful.

    June 15, 2016
  33. Yum, Suzanne! I love a good banana bread. For my recipe, I whip the bananas until they liquefy. Makes for a super moist bread/muffin. ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 15, 2016
    • Wow next time I will whip the banana never tried that thanks Patryโค๏ธ

      June 16, 2016
  34. If a recipe works so well for you, share it, I say!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    June 16, 2016
  35. I have never made a banana bread before but looking at these pictures hoping to try soon.

    June 16, 2016
  36. What a lovely and yumminess banana cake, Suzanne! Banana is my everyday fruit in my breakfast! I should bake more for my kids, one of each??? Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 16, 2016
    • Me too Mochi, thats why I so rarely have any over ripe banana’s I have them almost every day. Thank you so much.

      June 16, 2016
  37. Oh, my favorite. The chocolate chips would be great! Do you make zucchini bread, too? Silly question. *Grin*

    June 16, 2016
  38. This recipe reminds me of one my mother-in-law makes but love the idea of topping with granola. Looks delicious!

    June 16, 2016
  39. This looks so tasty, love the addition of the spelt and granola. Such a great idea!

    June 16, 2016
  40. Until bananas stop going brown so quickly, there will never be too many banana bread recipes!

    June 16, 2016
  41. Yum – like the addition of the chocolate chips!

    June 16, 2016
  42. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Awesome looking banana bread would love a slice with my coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 16, 2016
  43. This is going on my list to make – with a resounding best in my head! I made the best loaf I thought I’d ever made not too long ago but one can’t rest on one’s laurels, lol!! Well one could but it might not be comfortable.

    This sounds amazing with the spelt and oh yeah, the chocolate!!! Pinning!!

    Mollie

    June 17, 2016
    • LOL, it’s a really really good recipe. I will use this combination from now on. Thank you Mollie hope you have a great weekend.

      June 17, 2016
  44. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never tried banana bread. My eldest daughter tells me she’s made it on occasion, but it isn’t something seen in shops over here. It looks gorgeous, and I love bananas, so trying it sounds like a good idea! Would you butter it, like other breads, or just eat it as it is? The chocolate chips must add a distinct flavour too. Banana and chocolate go so well together.

    June 17, 2016
    • Millie, really, you have never had banana bread. Wow, it’s so good. I hope you get a chance to give it a try. The chcolate is really a great addition. Thank you so much.

      June 17, 2016
  45. A beautiful loaf Suzanne– I’m wishing we were the guests at your Air B&B. How often do you have people in? Is it as much fun (& maybe as much work) as it sounds???

    June 17, 2016
    • Thank you Rhonda. If you ever come to NYC you should stay here. I have people here pretty much constantly. Had two nice people from Germany leave this morning, I have a break until the 25th when someone else comes in. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of work also but I like it. I think after doing this I know I would love to have a B&B.

      June 17, 2016
      • You’re in he perfect place, where people love to visit and explore. I’m hoping someday we can get in on your kind hospitality Suzanne!! xox

        June 18, 2016
      • Thanks Rhonda.

        June 18, 2016
  46. This looks fantastic. Nice work…I am going to incorporate spelt flour into my recipe too! Thanks for the inspiration๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“

    September 16, 2016
    • Thank you I am actually making it right now. The spelt really adds a wonderful flavor to the bread.

      September 16, 2016
  47. Funny I thought the same ‘who needs another banana bread recipe’, but I also just posted my recipe!! I like your addition of spelt flour! I might try that!

    Emma @ http://www.cookingwithemmarussell.wordpress.com

    September 16, 2016
  48. Awesome awesome recipe!

    December 1, 2016

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