Dehydrated Bananas Make This Quick Bread Fast & Easy
Banana bread may just be the most versatile snack in existence. Slather a warm slice with butter, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and you have a delicious breakfast, afternoon snack, or dessert. Both young and old enjoy these slices of yummy goodness. Add to that the great freeze-abilty of this bread and your day is complete!
I like my banana bread to have some banana chunks in it and dehydrated bananas fill the bill well without making the bread soggy or totally disintegrating into the batter. I also add some banana powder to really amp up the taste of my banana bread, making a flavorful, healthy treat for all.
To Prepare Banana Powder
If you have dried bananas it is easy to just grind a bit of banana powder. Take a heaping cup of dried bananas and grind them to a flour-like powder with your coffee grinder, high-powered blender, mortar and pestle or even a plastic bag and your rolling-pin. One cup of banana chips will give you about 1/4 cup of powder, enough for this recipe.
Makes 1 loaf (9in X 5in/23cm x 13cm)
1/4 cup banana powder
1/2 cup dried banana slices, broken into bite-sized pieces
1-1/3 cups sour cream or Greek yogurt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup walnut pieces (optional)
- Prepare banana powder as instructed above.
- Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch (23 x 13cm) loaf pan.
- Pour banana powder and banana pieces into a bowl. Add sour cream or Greek yogurt. Mix thoroughly with a fork until well blended. Allow to thicken, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and walnuts (if using).
- In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and banana purée until well blended, being careful not to break up the banana pieces.
- Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; mixing just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out on a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Banana Bread slices also freeze well for personal snacking.
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