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Banana Bread Redux

Hello, I'm looking for creative/new style banana bread recipes. I love banana bread and wanted to put it out there to see if anyone had invented an awesome recipe. Classic banana bread always pleases of course, but I figure someone has done something amazing.

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  1. This recipe looks basic and simple (from Cooks Illustrated) but the banana bread is amazing. The yogurt should be full fat. I'm always asked for the recipe when I bring it places, from people who love banana bread.


    I've played with it by adding orange zest and chocolate chips. Good but still prefer it just as it is.

    1. I like one from Home Baking by Alford and Duguid. It's called banana coconut bread for Pam. Nothing exotic in it but I think it works.

      What I like about it is it's not too sweet. And it has unsweetened coconut in it. I'm not that wild about coconut generally, but it works in this recipe. It does have a tiny bit of dark rum in it too.

      1. Yes! I have a lovely recipe you MUST try! :-)
        Toasted Coconut-Topped Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread

        This is from Southern Living magazine.

        1. I make a caramelized banana bread - basically a standard recipe, but using firmer than normal (i.e. regularly ripe and not super-mushy) bananas, which are sautéed in butter and a bit of rum before being added to the batter.

          (For the record, I can take no credit for inventing it myself - though I don't remember where I got the recipe, and thus I've no idea who actually deserves the credit.)

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          1. re: chloe103

            That sounds delish. Any chance you might post the recipe? Thanks!

            1. re: kpzoo

              Hey - sorry it took me a while to get back to you. Avalanche of assorted things slowing me down. I'll try to post the recipe in the next day or two.

          2. Cocoa nibs are a fabulous add to banan bread.

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            1. re: Brandon Nelson

              That reminds me, some people add leftover coffee or a spoon of instant.

            2. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/284803
              I have been playing with the ATK recipe from this thread. To make it a tad healthier I use unswetened applesauce in place of the butter/oil. I also add some cinnamon to kick it up a bit and roast the bananas before mashing which allows me to also cut the sugar. I have found toasting and glazing the walnuts makes a trmendous difference. I like to add a layer on top and it turns into a tremendous crunchy caramelized top. Dried cranberies are also a great addition to the base recipe.

              1. I have not tried this, Life of Pie, but it sounds great and comes with good reviews.


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                1. re: nemo

                  Oh, I'm going to need to buy more bananas. Thanks everyone! This is awesome!

                2. I've always been a fan of the original Moosewood cookbook banana bread--it has half whole wheat flour and butter in it--usually add some chocolate chips for a nice counter-balance to the healthier flour. It turns out a bit heavy but with a nicely cruchy top. Lately have been making a very basic recipe from Food & Wine. Sorry not to be able to find links to either of these suggestions though.