Saturday, March 30, 2013

Darth Vader Olive Oil Banana Bread

I just bought the sickest baking pan. And I also had three overly ripe bananas. So, what else is there to do besides make some banana bread in the mold of Darth Vader's face? While the recipe is called Darth Vader Olive Oil Banana Bread, please do not feel obligated to purchase a Darth Vader pan, though it is highly encouraged. 

This is a recipe with no butter, and I opted to used olive oil over vegetable oil because I love my EVOO. It gives the bread a little extra depth, and many people have told me it tastes on the "healthy" side. It was perfectly moist, though I wish the banana flavor was more potent. I had it for breakfast with a bit of raspberry preserve, and I must say that the force is strong with this one!

Next batch, I'm adding banana liquor and walnuts. 

Darth Vader Olive Oil Banana Bread

1 Darth Vader cake pan (or a 9"x13" baking pan) 
1 cup all-purpose flour 
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs 
4 medium bananas
3/4 cup low fat plain yogurt
3/4 cup olive oil

other optional mix ins: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 2 tbs ground flaxseed, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries, 2 tbs poppy seeds, 1/3 cup dark chocolate bits

1. Preheat oven to 350° and coat a Darth Vader pan with olive oil. 
2. Mix flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. 
3. Whisk eggs, yogurt, bananas, vanilla extract, and olive oil in a large bowl until smooth. 
4. Fold dry ingredients into the banana mixture along with cinnamon, oats, and poppy seeds. Stir just until combined. 
5. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top (feel free to sprinkle some flour into the pan before pouring in the batter to further prevent sticking).
6. Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of bread comes out clean.
7. Transfer to a wire rack and let bread cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before attempting to remove it. It should pop right out if you oiled and floured the pan correctly! 

✓ whole grains
✓ fiber
✓ unsaturated fats
✓ potassium

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