Recipe by Chef Joey Z.
This recipe originated from someone at CD Kitchens, but as usual I changed it to suit my tastes. I doubled the recipe. Basically what you're doing here is making Banana Bread, cutting it in pieces and baking it again, much like you would biscotti. It took longer then I anticipated to bake these the second time. I ended up leaving them in the oven for 3 hours, then I turned the oven off and left them in there over night. They were very crispy by the next morning. I coated them with a chocolate glaze. These are different from biscotti in that they are not as dense.
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup light oil
- 2 eggs (I used EnerG egg replacer)
- 2 cups mashed bananas
- 1⁄2 cup nuts (roasted, chopped and optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or other flavor optional)
- 3 1⁄4 cups spelt flour (or unbleached)
- 3 3⁄4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350°F If you've decided to use them, roast your nuts for 7-10 minutes. Remove and cool.
- Grease two medium loaf pans.
- Mash the bananas and set aside.
- Chop the nuts (I used macadamia nuts), set aside.
- Put the flour, baking powder and baking soda in your food processor and mix to incorporate. Put in a large bowl.
- Put the brown sugar and oil in the bowl of the food processor and combine. Add the eggs or egg replacer. Process until combined. Add the vanilla and give it a couple more pulses. Add the mashed banana.
- Pulse once to combine.
- Add the chopped nuts to the flour mixture and mix them to coat.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry until just combined. Don't over mix.
- Divide between the two loaf pans.
- Bake for 1 hour or until the loaves are done.
- I found 40 minutes was sufficient, but it may vary for different ovens. I used a wooden kabob stick to test my loaves. Once the stick came out clean I removed the loaves from the oven.
- Turn the stove temperature down to 200°F.
- Cool the banana bread in the loaf pans for about 15 minutes then turn them out onto metal racks and cool.
- Make sure they are cold before you cut them as they will fall apart.
- Using a serrated knife, cut each loaf in about 1 inch slices, then cut the slices in half so they resemble a biscotti cookie.
- I placed them cut side down on a metal cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for at least another hour. I found that more time is needed. Be patient it might take a while.
- The slices should be hard and crunchy when finished. Store in a tightly covered container. I'm going to glaze these with chocolate. :0).