I have tried dozens of banana bread recipes, and this Easy Banana Bread is my hands down fave especially since I was able to lighten it and use white whole wheat flour without compromising its flavors and textures. However, I was interested in this recipe since it uses olive oil, a mixture of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour, plus it calls for the addition of lemon zest. Not to mention the addition of lemony icing on top. The first time I made it, I used all whole-wheat flour (and found the crumbs too strong for my taste) and substituted the dark brown sugar with a light version and skipped the frosting. But I must say that I preferred the flavors of the version that I made the second time following the exact recipe. Although both times, I used Greek yogurt, because that’s what I normally have on hand.
The dark brown sugar added such a nice rich dark molasses note that contrasted nicely with the bright lemon zest in the bread. The texture was moist but still had nice crumbs that were able to hold the chopped dark chocolate chunks that I added. I also used the bundt pan the first time, but preferred my loaf pan for the second time. Overall, a very good new banana bread recipe that I’m sure that I’d make again before too long. Have a great weekend!
1 cup / 4.5 oz / 125g all-purpose flour
1 cup / 5 oz / 140g whole wheat flour
3/4 cup / 4.5 oz / 125 g dark muscovado or dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup / 4 oz / 115 g coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup / 80 ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups / 12 oz / 340 g mashed, VERY ripe bananas (~3 bananas)
1/4 cup / 60 ml plain, whole milk yogurt
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the glaze:
1/2 cup / 3 oz / 85 g sifted dark muscovado or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 55g confectioners’ sugar
4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350° F, and place a rack in the center. Grease a 9- by 5- inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan, or equivalent.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the chocolate pieces and combine well.
In a separate bowl, mix together the olive oil, eggs, mashed banana, yogurt, zest, and vanilla. Pour the banana mixture into the flour mixture and fold with a spatula until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden brown, about 50 minutes. You want to get that beautiful color on the cake, but at the same time you don’t want to bake all the moisture out of it. So the minute you’re in that zone, pull it. Erring on the side of under-baking versus over.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn the loaf out of the pan to cool completely.
While the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the sugars and the lemon juice until smooth. When the cake is completely cool, drizzle the glaze on top of the cake, spreading with a spatula to cover.
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks