Do you want to know what the secret to amazing banana bread is? butter.
And remember when I told you that this was the best recipe ever? I lied
And you know how everyone is focusing on cutting back on the sweets, and focusing on getting healthy for the new year by posting healthy recipes?
Well sorry I’m definitely NOT sorry because this my friends, is the best banana bread I have ever made. And I’ve made a LOT of banana bread
Here’s how you make it!
First up, slice up 3 bananas and place 1/2 cup of butter (1 whole stick baby) in a non-stick pan over medium heat
Once the butter is pretty much melted, add in the sliced bananas and turn the heat up to med-high heat
Allow the bananas to cook for about 3 minutes, and then add in 3/4 cup granulated sugar
Stir together, and allow the mixture to bubble away for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring and breaking up the banana pieces
oh em geeee
Remove the mixture from the heat, and allow to cool slightly (for about 10 minutes or so)..and try not to eat this entire pan straight up
In the meantime, toast up the coconut, (I just toasted mine in the toaster oven)
Mine took about 4 minutes in the toaster oven, but watch carefully! You want the coconut dark, but not burnt! I also used sweetened flaked coconut
Then whisk together 2 eggs with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (because we’re making a healthy banana bread DUH)
Once the banana mixture has cooled for about 10 minutes (it will still be pretty hot) combine the mixture with the eggs and stir quickly so the eggs don’t scramble!
Then add in 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp baking soda
Stir stir stir
This batter taste pretty amazing..but I wouldn’t know that or anything
Pour into a bread pan, and top with the toasted coconut!
And bake for 55 minutes at 350 degrees F
GAHH this is so good!! Optional add-ins would be chocolate chips or toasted pecans, but I honestly don’t think this bread needs anything else! Maybe an extra smear of butter on top..maybe.
Caramelized Banana Bread with Toasted Coconut
Servings: 1 Loaf
Prep time-25 minutes
Bake time: 55 minutes
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter
- 3 bananas, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sweetened coconut flake, toasted
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup toasted pecans
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a non-stick saute pan, place 1 stick of butter over medium heat. Once butter is mostly melted, add in the sliced bananas and cook for 3 minutes. Then add in the granulated sugar, raise the heat to high, and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. After 5 minutes, remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and applesauce. Add in the banana mixture, mixing quickly to prevent the eggs from scrambling. Then add in the flour, baking soda, and salt, and stir to combine. In a greased loaf pan, pour in the batter and top with the toasted coconut. Bake for 55 minutes. Allow the bread to cool slightly, and then slice and serve!
The bread will last in an airtight container for up to 1 week, and freezes really well!