My love of quick breads continues!
Bananas get eaten quickly in our house. Not by me. I only eat bananas because I know they’re good for me. The texture makes me feel icky. But ripe bananas are excellent in quick breads and become an acceptable form of banana eating in my book.
I recently bought two big bags of almonds from Ralphs – they were hiding back in the clearance section. I thought they’d come in handy for something. I was right – they were really handy in this Banana Almond Bread!
I used our Vitamix blender to chop up the almonds. Sometimes it does it’s job just a little too well. The bottom almonds were ground a little too fine, so I ended up sprinkling those on top of this bread.
Makes the bread look all nutty and delicious, I think.
I also used a mish-mash of recipes (like I usually do). This loaf ended up higher and fluffier than past breads with the additional leavening agents (both baking powder and baking soda were in the mix this time).
Lookit all of those almonds! Ohhh, this is a good bread. I hope you try it!
Banana Almond Bread
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
2 large eggs, beaten
4 mashed, ripe bananas (mash with a fork until smooth)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup milk
1 cup chopped almonds
1/4 ground almonds
Mix together sugars and oils until well blended. Add in beaten eggs. Then add in mashed bananas and vanilla.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add to the wet mixture.
Add in milk and chopped almonds. Mix well. Add mixture to a greased and flour loaf pan. Sprinkle ground almonds on top of the loaf.
Bake for 1 hour in a preheated 350 degree oven. Cool on a rack.