If you have children you understand the dread of the broken banana. Baby asks for banana, you give said baby a banana and they break it in the middle before eating two bites. They then melt in a puddle on floor saying the banana is broken, and so the banana which is still perfectly edible is discarded. So we have accumulated many a broken bananas lately and rather then let them go to waste I have been stashing them. The first time I tried this recipe I used up all those “broken” bananas. The second time I tried this I used up all the frozen bananas that we had. Thus the reason for the frozen banana picture.
This bread is incredible! Banana bread is usually quite boring to me. But I went out on a limb one morning in an effort to make it exciting thinking about my love of indian food and out came an aromatic bread that will leave you wanting more! There are three key ingredients which really make this bread awesome: mesquite flour, cardamon, and star anise. This bread tastes great and is good for you, so don’t feel bad about having a second slice!
Mesquite Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- 1 2/4 cup of whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup of mesquite flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons aluminium free baking powder
- two handfuls of hemp seeds
- pinch of salt
- 4 cloves
- 1 green cardamon pod (outer husk removed and little black seeds added to the mortar bowl)
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 star anise
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil
- 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
- 5 very ripe bananas
- 1 cup of chocolate chips (or carob chips)
Begin by heating up your stove to 350 degrees. Prepare your bread loaf pan by either greasing it with butter or coconut oil. In a medium bowl mix together the flours, baking powder, and salt. In a mortar and pestle grind up the spices. Then add them to the flour and mix well. Now in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl using a hand mixer beat the sugar and coconut oil together until creamed. Add in the eggs and mix until incorporated, then add in the bananas and mix until all combined.
Now in three parts add the flour to the wet ingredients. Each time you add flour allow the wet mixture to fully absorb the flour before adding more otherwise the flour will fly all over the place! With a spatula mix in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter in to the prepared pan and place in the oven for 1 hour. At an hour test for doneness with a toothpick. It should come out clean.
Allow to cool for ten minutes then remove from the pan and allow to cool completely.
Enjoy with tea or coffee!