Before I even knew banana bread was a thing out here in Maui, I started craving banana bread. I kid you not, RIGHT before the airplane landed I had a thought about banana bread and I haven't made that in over 4 years. Actually Denmark might be the last place I was baking anything. But I didn't think about it any further - cravings are pretty normal you know. But I couldn't get it off my mind and before I knew it, I was seeing banana bread EVERYWHERE here on the island. I don't know how that holds special to Maui but somehow it does. Every booth every stop every anything has a sign for 'the best' banana bread. I must have tapped into something much deeper before we got here, but long story short, I decided to make my own banana bread that doesn't have a lot of junk in it and Dan has been LOVING it. Instead of my banana pancakes, we've been indulging in this banana bread out here, haha
I barely finished letting it cool just to take a picture before Dan wanted to dig in it and as soon as him and the rest of the crew did, it was gone in less than 30 minutes. This is gooooood stuff!
I personally don't want my banana bread to be dairy free as I love me some butter, so that's what I use and as for the sweetener, I tend to just go for whatever we have so I switch it up. I'm not too picky about it. But in case you want to make it dairy and sugar free, that's an option :)
- 3 small very ripe bananas
- Date paste* or 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar or 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Butter** (5 tbsp)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp almond milk
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1tsp vanilla
- 1stp cinnamon
- 2 Cups Gluten free flour ( I use Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
*Soak 10 dates in as little water as possible for about 4hrs or over night.
-Stuff them in a glass and pour just enough water till it covers.
**Sub with coconut oil if vegan
Turn your oven on to 350 F - ( 180 C)
In a bowl, combine your GF flour, baking powder & baking soda and set aside.
In a blender, add all your wet ingredients (bananas, butter/oil, eggs, almond milk, date paste with the water/coconut sugar/maple syrup) and flax seeds, vanilla and salt and blend till all combined and smooth. Unless you have a really good blender, you might want to soften your butter before blending.
Poor the mixture into your flour and mix till it turns into a think dough. - I use a wooden spoon for this). Then add your chocolate chips and mix them in. Poor the dough into a baking tray and bake for 50 min.
Only thing left is to try and control yourself... Enjoy :)
With Love and bananas ❤ , Diana