Orange spice banana bread. It’s like regular banana bread, but sexier. The kind of sexy that wears an old wool sweater and glasses. The nerdy kind.
Despite all this, it’s also delicious.
My internet is also still quite unreliable, so this’ll be a short one.
Orange Spice Banana Bread
- 2 ridiculously ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1 T canola oil
- 1/2 C plain or vanilla fat-free yogurt (keep in mind that vanilla yogurt will be sweeter, and adjust accordingly! I used vanilla.)
- 1/4 C skim milk
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1 T orange zest
- 1 t orange extract (optional)
- 3 T ground flaxseed
- 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 C almond flour (or use two cups total all-purpose flour)
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1 t each cinnamon and nutmeg
Like most quick breads, this recipe couldn’t be easier. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, mix the wet ingredients, add the dry, and pour into a greased/parchment papered loaf pan.
Here, I decided to top the loaf with whole walnuts. That’s up to you, though I must say it made a really nice crunchy top crust.
Bake on the middle rack until an inserted skewer comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it, about an hour.
Yum! I’m by no means an expert at creating breads, but this one came out perfectly–dense and moist like any banana bread, but still light enough to eat two slices at once (or three, if you are Fritz).
The orange flavor is pretty subtle, and you could ramp it up a bit with more orange zest (or sub OJ for the skim milk? More sugar there, though).
Perfect with a pat o’ butter, and I know exactly what my breakfast will consist of early tomorrow morning.
Actually, I’m not really sure. Steel-cut oats have been calling my name for a couple of days, too. But if I have those for breakfast, than a slice of this bread will definitely be a part of second breakfast (movie/book, anyone?).
Tomorrow morning Fritz and I are heading to go to one of my top fall destinations, Westchester County (in NY), to go apple picking/pumpkin picking/hay riding/hot apple cider drinking/apple cider donut eating with some friends–and I can’t wait! I’m confident I will return with at least a thousand photos (just kidding! Maybe…), and that the 67 degree weather tomorrow calls for boots.
Henry’s plans for tomorrow largly consist of this: