Almond Joy Banana Bread

Almond Joy Banana Bread

If you love almonds, coconut and chocolate, you’re almost certainly an Almond Joy fan.

The candy bar, Almond Joy first hit the chocolate bar seen in the 1940’s and was produced by Peter Paul.

Who doesn’t remember the Peter Paul T.V. advertisement of 1970 with the jingle –

“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t – Almond Joy’s got nuts – Mounds don’t.”

In 2002, the jingle was inducted into the Hall of Fame – category, Advertising Slogan.

Today the Almond Joy candy bar is manufactured by Hershey’s who bought Peter Paul in 1988.

The Almond Joy has had a lot of influence on the making of many dessert recipes.

Such as…..

  • Almond Joy Cookies
  • Almond Joy Truffles – homemade
  • Almond Joy Fudge
  • Almond Joy Over Night Oats

So many recipes, oh and let’s not for get, Almond Joy Banana Bread.

Lots of dark chocolate, sweetened coconut, and banana flavor. With lots of chopped roasted almonds.

A Slice Of Almond Joy Banana Bread

What makes this banana bread so deliciously yummy, is there is no milk and vegetable oil.

But rather coconut milk. Oh too Joy!!

Almond Joy Banana Bread

2 cups flour

1½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon 

1 can 13.66 fl oz coconut milk

1 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup (2-3) ripe bananas, mashed 

1/2 cup coconut, sweetened shredded

1 cup roasted almonds, chopped

1/3 cup unsweetened dark chocolate, shredded

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Lightly grease with coconut oil a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle in 1-2 teaspoons of sugar and shake pan back and forth to coat the sugar to sides and bottom of loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, beat coconut milk, sugar and eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add bananas. Beat on low speed until well blended.

Gradually mix wet ingredients into flour mixture.

Next add almonds, coconut and shredded chocolate. Mix softly till incorporated.

Pour batter into the loaf pan.

If desired peel and slice vertically a yellow banana place on top of bread mixture, rounded side down.

Place a few roasted whole almonds on top as well as sprinkle some shredded chocolate.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and completely cool on a wire rack. Before cutting into (a serrated knife is recommended).

More recipes with chocolate, almonds, coconut and bananas.

Vegan Hot Chocolate

Herb Chicken Cranberry Almond Salad

Coconut Pecan Sugar Cookies

Banana Pecan Upside-Down Cake


Pecans & Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Pecans & Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Did you know that over 110 million tons of bananas are grown and sold every year.

That’s a lot of banana bread.

Yep, bananas aren’t just for monkeys. In fact, among humans, they’re one of the most popular fruits in the world .

They’re delicious, inexpensive, and they even come in their own convenient packaging.

Making a banana bread doesn’t require exclusive items the likes of which a souffle or tart would.

Simple pantry items like flour, milk, eggs and baking powder found in most pantries are and can be combined with over ripened bananas to make a sweet bread or banana bread.

Good Things About Bananas

The banana is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with energy-giving carbohydrates and heart-healthy potassium.

Bananas contain sugar in the form of sucrose, fructose and glucose in combination with fibre, this allows them to supply an instant yet sustained boost of energy.

A medium banana has 3 grams of fiber.

Bananas contain resistant starch, a type of fiber that is a prebiotic.

Prebiotics escape digestion and end up in your large intestine, where they become food for the beneficial bacteria in your gut.

Read more here about How to Make Really Moist Banana Bread

Pecan & Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Banana Bread

½ cup unsalted butter, melted

½ cup light brown sugar

1 egg

¼ cup sour cream

¼ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ripe bananas

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Filling

4 ounce cream cheese, softened

1 egg

¼ cup white sugar

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup Heath bar pieces

sliced Pecans & Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a glass 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Combine butter, brown sugar, 1 egg, sour cream, 1/4 cup white sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.

Mash in bananas using a fork. Whisk in 1 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until just combined.

In a small bowl mix together cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup white sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, pecans, and Heath bar pieces.

Pour half of the banana mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on top. Pour remaining banana mixture over cream cheese mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven until top is firm, about 50 minutes. Cool in the pan, about 5 minutes.

Pecans & Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Another deliciously yummy banana bread –

Pecan Buttermilk Banana Bread

You can also bake some bananas right into this scrumptious good to the last bite Sour Cream Blueberry Banana Cheesecake.


Pecan Buttermilk Banana Bread

Pecan Buttermilk Banana Bread

First Post July 28, 2014 – Update October 4, 2021

Many who are not vegan or not allergic to gluten, make there sweet breads with regular white flour. It can be bleached or unbleached.

This sweet bread or banana bread recipe featured uses 100% whole wheat.

Even though it’s made with 100% whole wheat, it won’t ruin the fun of enjoying this sweet treat.

The fact is, whole wheat is a complex carbohydrate and wont spike your glucose, or cause a serge of energy to only fall fast 20 minutes later.

What Goes Inside The Sweet Bread

The inside this bread has Almond Toffee Bits or better know as Heath Bars.

The outside of the bread is bake coated with sugar, for that extra sweetness.

The sugar coats better, and doesn’t clump like flour or leave a floury film on the baked cake.

Instead, it leaves a slight sweet coating on the bottom and sides.

Avocado oil or olive oil can be replaced with butter, considered a healthier alternative.

extra ripe bananasWe also used over ripe bananas. When bananas turn completely black, they have a lot of natural sweetness.

Pecan Buttermilk Banana Bread

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup butter, unsalted, melted (1/2 cup oil or apple sauce to replace butter)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon or pie spice

1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium)

1 cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

½ cup almond toffee (or Heath Bars, about 4 crushed)

1 cup chopped pecans, divided

 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Coat a 9×5 inch loaf pan with butter or olive oil and 3 tablespoons of sugar.

In a large mixing bowl blend together the eggs, buttermilk, butter and bananas.

Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a medium bowl.

Add ½ cup pecans, almond toffee bits, and both sugars, mix in.

Add flour mixture to banana mixture, mix till well incorporated.

Pour into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle ½ cup pecans over batter.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Read more here: How to Make Really Moist Banana Bread

 

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How to Make Really Moist Banana Bread

Moist Banan Bread

Original Post February 1, 2014 – Updated October 3, 2021

There many questions about making a really good banana bread. But we will answer the following four, which are –

1. Mash or puree the bananas?

2. What type of dairy product should you use?

3. How should you incorporate your ingredients?

4. How ripe should the bananas get? 

These are a few good questions in regards to making really good moist banana bread.

Really Ripe Bananas

The bananas need to be extra ripe. See how black they are here in this image?

They have been cut open to show you that the fruit inside is still good.

The banana is no longer firm but more pliable to mash and there is more sugar at this stage of the fruits life.

With bananas this soft, just place peeled fruit in a bowl and mash up with a fork.

extra ripe bananas

Banana Bread and Dairy Products

All oils function in the same way when it comes to baking, as they are all 100% fat.

It’s better to avoid olive oil when baking though and instead go for something with a more neutral flavour, such as vegetable oil, or avocado oil.

The main role of oil in baking is to add a richness and tenderness, with tenderness being greater in bakes that use butter.

This is due to how liquid fats, like seed or vegetable oils, don’t solidify when they cool.

As for the dairy product, there are several choices:

Buttermilk

Sour Cream

Mascarpone

Greek Yogurt

And you should use the products with full fat. Dairy fat improves both the flavor and texture or moisture of the loaf.

Keep in mind that each dairy product noted above does have their own flavor to add to the recipe. So experiment and see which flavor you like the best.

In our breads, we use Greek Yogurt.

Pecan Buttermilk Banana Bread

Pecan Buttermilk Banana Bread

Incorporating Ingredients The Right Way

Make sure your eggs are room temperature. Why?

At room temperature, egg yolks break more easily, allowing them to mix more evenly with the egg whites and other ingredients.

Room-temperature eggs are especially important for recipes like cheesecake, where the high fat content is a factor.

Cold eggs could re-harden the fat, resulting in curdled batter that might affect the final texture.

How To Bring Refrigerated Eggs To Room Temperature In Minutes

Place whole eggs in a bowl and cover them with warm, not hot.

Allow them to sit for 10 to 15 minutes until no longer chilled.

Measure Your Flour Properly

To measure your flour properly for baking cakes and breads, it is best to spoon the flour into the measuring cup. 

Gently pile it in until it forms a heap above the rim of the measuring cup. Don’t pack the flour down though.

Next, scrape a knife across the top of the measuring cup to level the flour. Doing so helps to remove excess flour from off the top without packing down the flour.

By not spooning your flour into a measuring cup and then leveling it off with a knife can result in as much as 25% more flour than called for in a recipe.

You should always sift the flour, which can help in stopping large air pockets from forming.

Large air pockets do not allow for moist bread.

Do not over beat your wet ingredients, especially the eggs.

Always mix wet ingredients in one bowl and all dry ingredients in another.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients just before pouring batter into baking dish.

Once the baking powder and soda hits something wet it starts to react.

Dark Cocoa Banana Muffins

Dark Cocoa Banana Muffins

You want this reaction to happen as you put it into the oven and not before.

And lastly, if you need to open the oven door, than wait at least 3/4 of the baking time to pass before even thinking about opening the oven door.

If you find your cake isn’t cooked, don’t keep opening the door every minute to check.

As doing so makes the oven lose heat and lengthens the cooking time with each occurrence.

Wait at least 10 minutes or so, depending on how close you believe it is to being done.

Follow these no fail tips and you will always have moist banana bread.

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