That is what happened recently. I found myself with about 9 rotten bananas and needed to do something with them. We did make a batch of Chunky Monkey Muffins, but that only used 4. Brother #1 told me he would not eat the muffins, but would eat plain banana bread. Plain meaning it didn't have stuff in it like chocolate chips. This is the same Brother #1 who prefers chocolate chips in all other muffins or he won't eat them. Apparently banana and chocolate do not go together in his book. So, I decided to make some "plain" banana bread just for him.
This is a recipe I received in a recipe box as a wedding present. It was my FAVORITE recipe for banana bread up until The Princess was diagnosed with an egg allergy and we switched up our diet. There was just too many eggs, too much sugar and a whole lot more things wrong with this recipe. I decided it was time to "clean" up this recipe. I was nervous it wouldn't turn out since I made quite a few changes. Lucky for me and Brother #1 (and for you), it not only turned out, but Brother #1 said it was amazing! Although he probably won't like it tomorrow (because that is how fast his tastes change), at least it was a hit for one day. I will take that!
Banana Bread with Orange Glaze
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup no-sugar added applesauce
3 bananas, mashed
1 chia egg (1 Tbsp chia mixed with 3 Tbsp water, let sit for 15 min before adding)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional, but so delicious!)
3 3/4 cups wonder flour*
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/8 cup orange juice
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 loaf pans with coconut oil.
Combine flour (* if using another whole grain flour besides wonder flour, cut the amount to 3 cups), salt, soda, cinnamon, wheat germ, shredded coconut and chopped walnuts (if using) in a bowl.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine buttermilk, sugar, coconut oil, applesauce, bananas, eggs, chia egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix well.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just barely combined.
Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour.
Just before bread is done baking, prepare the glaze. Combine agave, orange juice, almond extract, vanilla and melted butter and whisk to combine.
Remove bread from the oven when done and set pans on wire rack to cool. While bread is still hot, drizzle glaze all over the top of the loaves. Allow to cool slightly before turning out of pans.
Eat one loaf and give the other away to a neighbor in need (otherwise you will eat it too)!