It’s a funny thing how the mind left to it’s own devices can ramble and roam going back and forth, weaving from the past, to now, then to the future and back connecting memories. Often one thing, in this case making banana bread on a Sunday morning, led me to think about The Velvet Underground and Nico singing Sunday Morning from an album in which one of Andy Warhol’s banana images was the cover. Which led me to many other mental ramblings that gave me much pleasure on the Sunday morning while I was baking this bread.
Start with 3 quite ripe bananas…….
Batter mixed, spread into loaf pan, topped with ripe banana sliced….baked until golden brown. Sunday morning’s are special in that the world seems quieter, more subdued, allowing the mind to wander and weave. Enjoy your Sunday mornings and be well.
Sunday Morning....Banana Bread
3 very ripe bananas + 1 not-so-ripe banana
3 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup oat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon raw or turbinado sugar for topping baked bread
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash 3 very ripe banana with a fork. Add almond butter, vegetable oil, oat milk and vanilla extract.
- In another bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, espresso powder and sea salt.
- Blend the flour mixture into the banana mixture, stirring just until combined.
- Pour/scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Cut the not-so-ripe banana in half lengthwise. Gently place the two slices on top of the batter not overlapping.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the batter has risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cook in increments of 5 minutes more at a time if batter is still wet.
- Place pan with baked bread on a cooling rack to totally cool before slicing. While bread is still hot from the oven sprinkle the top with the raw sugar.
- Serve cut into slices. I prefer this bread toasted and smeared with a bit of butter, or a slice of white cheddar to bring out all the flavors. Keeps well wrapped in the fridge for up to one week.