I’ve got this thing against fruit-filled products. Think of, say, yogurt with fruit pieces, jams, cobblers and pies – yes, sorry to say, but even apple pie falls into this category. I know, it’s weird, and it’s even more weird when I try to explain the rational behind my distaste for them. I think it largely has to do with the texture of softened fruit, but I’m still trying to figure it out.
For a long time banana bread was on this list, up until a few years ago when my taste buds started to mature a little bit. I am still not a huge fan of many of the items I listed above, but I’m trying to break out, experience new things, etc. That’s what your 20s are for, right?
I used this coconut flour-based banana bread recipe from Comfy Belly. This site has tons of great recipes for paleo/low carb/gluten free fans. I was really happy that unlike most coconut flour recipes, using honey/maple syrup was not an absolute necessity. In fact, I avoided adding any sweetener at all.
I added 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. I also added walnuts into the mix, but I think I overestimated how much was required in proportion to the actual size of the loaf. It was somewhere between a half cup to a three quarter cup of crushed walnuts, making the bread pretttyyyyy nutty. Yikes!
I think this is the first time since I’ve started baking with coconut flour where the batter did not seize up but actually maintained a more liquid consistency. Unfortunately the amount of batter that I had was not enough for the loaf pan I was using, resulting in a very short loaf.
That being said, this loaf came out pretty great! The bread was moist and light, and goes great with a nice cup of coffee. It could have been a little bit sweeter. When I had tasted the mashed bananas I thought that they were sweet enough and relied on their flavour instead of adding any sweetener. I suppose it’s always a bit of a gamble, but I would rather it be less than overly sweet. Next time I may double the batter for a thicker loaf. I would also consider adding a few chocolate chips for an added layer of enjoyment.
Give this recipe a shot this weekend and let me know if you like it as much as I do. Happy Friday!