For some reason I have been surrounded by Banana breads lately, really, everywhere I go some one is putting a fresh warm right out of the oven piece of it in my face! So I don't know if its because of that or because of the large bunch of rotting bananas on my counter that inspired this recipe to come about but it came, at 2 in the morning a few nights ago. I don't know if you have that problem of great ideas, epiphanies, or in my case, recipes coming to you at brutally late hours of the night, waking you up out of your wonderful deep sleep?! Well I do!
So the other night I wake up at 2 am with this wonderful idea for a banana bread with a delicious buttery, cinnamony ( I know that's not a word, but I just made it one, WHAT), macadamia nut streusel layered in the center of the loaf. I got up and wrote it down in a half asleep state, eyes 1/4 opened and in the dark, it wasn't pretty.
I had bananas from my neighbors tree, Macadamia nuts from a friends tree, and fresh vanilla beans from another friends vanilla orchard here on Maui!
So DUH! Of coarse I'm going to make something with those amazing ingredients!
Here's the recipe, Please try it and give me feedback!
- 3/4 Cups of Macadamia Nuts, Pulsed in a food processor
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Cane Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup of Coconut flour
- 1/2 Cup of melted Butter
- A pinch of sea salt
For the Bread
- 3-4 large very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs lightly beaten
- 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla extract
- 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon of baking soda
- A pinch of Salt
- 1 1/2 Cups Flour or Gluten free flour, I like to use a mix of 1/2 cup of rice flour, 1/4 cup of coconut flour, 1/2 cup of oat flour, and 1/4 cup of garbanzo, if I choose to make it gluten free.
For Topping (optional)
- 1 Banana sliced in half length wise
- 3 squares of Butter
- Cinnamon for sprinkling
- Brown sugar for sprinkling
Lightly grease a 9” Loaf pan.
Begin by making Streusel, Pulse Macadamia nuts in a blender or food processor until they resemble a chunky meal. Add them to a medium bowl with sugars, salt, Cinnamon, Flour, and melted butter. Mix well. Set aside.
Mash bananas in a large bowl with a potato masher or a fork. In a small bowl lightly whisk eggs together, add them to the bananas with the Coconut oil, sugar, Vanilla extract, Cinnamon, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. mix to combine. Add flour, mix just to combine.
Poor half the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Evenly sprinkle your streusel onto of your batter, poor the remaining batter over top. Place 1 of your sliced banana halveson top with your three squares of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.
Place in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes. To check if your Banana bread is done stick a tooth pick in the center of your loaf, if it comes out clean it is ready.
Cool for ten minutes in loaf pan before removing it and allowing it to cool on a wire wrack. you can also leave it in the loaf pan for easy storing.