This is so delicious. I made this a month or so ago but sometimes I dream about it. It fills the house with such a delicious smell. And slathered in peanut or almond butter – or just plain butter – it is ridiculous. This also passed the boyfriend test and he is both a lover of sweet things and banana bread so I feel that speaks volumes.
The nuts, spices, dates, cranberries and spelt all give it this nutty comforting flavour. I believe it is best eaten warm. I believe this strongly but go ahead and be a rebel if you like.
So get baking. Now.
3.5 very ripe bananas mashed
300g Spelt flour
4 chopped medjool dates
2 Tbs craisins, sultanas or other dried fruit
1-2 Tbs maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 Tbs pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 180 celsius.
Grease and line a loaf tin (approx 20 x 10cm but no need to buy one use what you have and adjust cooking times accordingly -less time for a larger tin).
Mix bananas, vanilla, egg and maple syrup (if using) together in a large bowl. When combined mix in salt, spices, baking soda and spelt flour then add nuts and dried fruit. Stir to combine. Once well combined pour into the tin and sprinkle the seeds on top. Bake for 45 mins – 1 hour until cooked through and golden on top.
Remove from tin and cool on a wire rack. Or do what i do and wait a couple of minutes and then start hacking into it. I have very little self control.