I have been keeping this Super Moist Banana Bread recipe a secret, while I perfected the recipe. This banana bread recipe is really the BEST. MOISTEST. MOST DELICIOUS. I have ever eaten. Honestly. For Reals as Lenny likes to say. Don’t tell anyone, that it is almost even better than our banana chocolate chip banana bread. You definitely want to add this Super Moist Banana Bread recipe to the regular recipe rotation.
Where did it start? Well, pull up a chair, and let me tell ya. I read an article in the New York times about coconut oil. As well, our friend Darya, was chatting about it on her online show, Summer Tomato Live. I am always looking for good, healthy, alternatives when baking. Don’t get me wrong, I am the original butter girl, and love the stuff; but, it might be nice to cut back a little. In moderation, virgin coconut oil is good for us. As well it is really versatile for cooking. You can use it with baking, sauteing vegetables, popping popcorn, your mind is what will limit your uses with it. I was very intrigued and decided to play around with it.
I took my original banana bread recipe, the one with chocolate, and decided to change it around. The first couple of times, I made the recipe, I added half butter, and half virgin coconut oil, along with with the sour cream, and cream cheese, as I was not sure how it would work out. It was good, but still not what I was hoping for. The next couple of times, I left the butter out, as well as the sour cream; it was really amazing.
I decided to play with it again. This time I eliminated the cream cheese and used Saint Benoit Yogurt Cheese. Yogurt cheese has the same texture as cream cheese and less fat; it is a healthy alternative. This time around, the banana bread, was incredibly moist, light, cake-like in texture, and had a faint taste of coconut. Like when you are in the tropics, laying on the beach, and you can smell that faint smell of coconut in the distance. We had a couple of loaves laying around for three days, and each one was perfectly moist the entire time. So, what are you waiting for? Add virgin coconut oil to your shopping list, and get baking. This would be perfect as a snack or even to serve with breakfast.
Have you tried baking or cooking with virgin coconut oil? If so, what did you make?
Super Moist Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter or coconut oil, room temperature
1 cup of cream cheese or yogurt cheese – full fat
1 cup brown sugar
3 medium-size bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 350.
Line a loaf pan, with parchment paper.
Sift the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat the butter or coconut oil on medium speed, until soft; about 1 minute.
Add the cream cheese or yogurt cheese, and continue beating on medium speed, for 3 minutes.
Add the sugar, and mix at medium speed, until fluffy; 5 minutes.
Add the egg, bananas, and vanilla, mix until combined.
Toss in the dry ingredients, mix on medium speed, until combined; about 2 minutes.
Pour into the loaf pan.
Bake for 45 – 55 minutes. Each oven is different, start checking at 45 minutes. You want the bread to be golden brown. A knife will come out clean when you slide it into the middle of the loaf.
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