August 12, 2016

Fabulous Friday Flavour: Granola Topping Banana-Date Bread

A few rotten over-riped bananas have been lying around at home and the kids have refused to touch them, let alone eat them. Can’t blame them. Those bananas were all black, soft and to the naked eyes, unfit to be eaten. The flies have been drawn to them.

The thing was, I cannot stand to throw them away. They may have gotten royally black on the outside, but when the skin is peeled off, they still look pretty good on the inside, albeit a bit mushy. Rotten Over-ripe bananas are always good to have at home because they make a very good ingredient for banana bread.

It has been a while since I made one too, perhaps more than 2 years ago.

At one point, I made so many of them week after week to get that Banana Bread perfection and the whole family OD-ed on them. I then started making Mashed-up Banana Balls, otherwise known as Jemput-Jemput Pisang and staved off the whole banana bread thing.

My banana bread has since has taken a massive hiatus and almost forgotten.

This time, not only do I have awesome black-looking bananas, I also happened to have a bunch of dates lying around waiting to be eaten. Cue inspiration from  A Pug in The Kitchen’s Banana  Bread that used enough granola to sprinkle on top, I’m roaring to go! You really need to check out her blog and follow her if you will for an awful lot of other mouth-watering recipes.

Me-thinks that there can never be enough of banana bread recipes. Also, I love how it just splits at the top when baked. That’s satisfyingly gratifying.

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Hot off the oven!

This is a quick–dirty-lazy version as the recipe is slightly different from the one I had so-called perfected before without the use of sour cream. It’s also a great recipe since it does not require the use of a mixer or anything that’s too complicated. Not too much mess or clean up required.

 

Granola Topping Banana-Date Bread
Serves 6
A quick-dirty-lazy but moist banana bread packed with sweet dates and topped with granola and nuts
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 very ripe bananas
  2. 5 tbsp butter, softened
  3. Half a cup of granulated sugar
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 1-2 drops of vanilla extract
  6. Half a cup of dates, chopped
  7. 1 tspn baking powder
  8. Pinch of salt
  9. 1.5 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  10. A handful of granola with nuts
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven at 180 degree Celsius
  2. Mash all the ripe bananas in a mixing bowl till smooth
  3. Stir in the softened butter into the banana and mash well
  4. Add in baking powder, salt, sugar, dates, vanilla extract and beaten egg. Mix well.
  5. Slowly add in the flour till you get a nice batter
  6. Transfer the batter into a deep baking pan. Top with a handful of granola
  7. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until it's nicely browned and the stick comes out clean when you insert into the loaf
  8. Remove from the oven to cool. Once cooled remove from the pan.
  9. Transfer the bread to an aluminium foil to keep the bread until you are ready to eat.
  10. Otherwise, slice that baby up and serve!
Notes
  1. Feel free to add more sugar (1 cup) if you prefer a sweeter bread.
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Using dates adds natural sweetness to the bread without having to use more sugar and it’s a great addition to the overall taste. The crunchiness from the granola is just heavenly and truly enhances the overall taste.

So, we have (almost) rotten bananas, dates and granola bread all moist and fluffy? Sign.me.up.


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  1. Thank you so much Ann, I love the granola topping on the banana bread and totally agree that you can never have too many recipes for banana bread. Love that you used dates in the bread. I’m a big fan of dates. Thank you so much for the shout out. Your bread is awesome.

    • Oh, don;t even mention it Suzanne and you are most welcome! Your post inspired me to try banana bread again. The granola is such a great round-up too! Love it! 😀 Thank you for the inspiration. It’s also interesting to try all the different variety of recipes I find and try to modify from there. 😀

  2. I’m learning a lot from your great recipes ! This one is a great one and looks easy to make.I am so inspired to try this.Thank you for the inspiration Super Mama!

    • You are most welcome, Christina! Such a joy to hear you say that. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one – easy and quick to make! Hope you are having a wonderful time. Let me know when you try the recipe! xoxox.

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