Spelt Banana Bread

September  5, 2020
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Photo by durun99
  • Prep time 18 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

I started out with Angela Harnett's "banana breakfast loaf" from the Mail Online, but I've made a lot of changes since then. Don't expect a domed loaf, but it's easy to bring together with no electric appliances necessary. You can grind the nuts coarsely in a food processor (no more than 4 or 5 pulses), or with a mortar and pestle, or you can put them in a plastic bag and whack them a bit with the bottom of a heavy skillet or a meat pounder. —durun99

What You'll Need
  • Dry ingredients
  • 150 grams (1¼ cups) whole grain spelt flour, such as Bob's Red Mill
  • 75 grams (¾ cup) coarsely ground pecans or walnuts (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Wet ingredients
  • 227 grams peeled banana, from 2 medium, ripe (only just beginning to turn spotty brown) bananas (~340 grams/12 ounces unpeeled)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 75 grams (⅜ cup) brown sugar
  • 50 grams (¼ cup) granulated white sugar
  • 57 grams (¼ cup) plain yogurt, any amount of fat
  • 50 grams (scant ¼ cup) melted coconut oil or unsalted butter
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven; heat to 350 degrees. Spray a one-pound (8½-by-4½-inch) loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
  3. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash the bananas with the egg and vanilla in a large bowl. Gently whisk in the sugars, yogurt, and coconut oil or butter until just blended; don’t liquefy the banana. Dump in the dry ingredients and stir with a silicone spatula until just mixed.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake until the bread is well-browned, springy to the touch, and a thin-bladed knife (like a paring knife) inserted into the center comes out batter-free, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should register ~200 to 205°F when the bread is baked through.
  5. Transfer the pan to a wire rack. Let cool for 15 minutes, then turn the bread out onto the rack to cool completely. Store leftover bread, tightly wrapped in foil, for up to 3 days at room temperature or 1 week in the fridge. Makes one small-ish loaf.

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