Sweet Surprise Banana Bread


Fall is for baking all kinds of sweet, yummy treats. This easy banana bread with a sweet surprise middle is no exception. Makes a great quick snack or perfect with a cup of hot coffee or tea to get your day going on a chili November morning. It is semi-dense, moist and not too sweet. I pureed the bananas to give the bread a consistent banana flavor throughout. A hint of sweetness is welcomed in each pleasant bite from the cinnamon sugared walnuts that make up the center of this divine banana bread.


Banana Bread

DRY Ingredients:

1 ½ cup all purpose unbleached flour

1/3 cup milled rolled oats

2 tablespoons vegan sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon cinnamon powder

WET Ingredients:

3 medium ripe bananas (pureed)

1/3 cup almond milk (other non-dairy milk is ok)

1/3 cup light olive oil (or melted coconut oil)

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

coconut or olive oil spray

Sweet Walnut Center

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

½ teaspoon cinnamon powder

Cinnamon Sugar

1 tablespoon sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder mixed


Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9×5” loaf pan with oil spray (optional: line with parchment paper), set aside.

Place all sweet walnut center ingredients into a bowl and mix well, set aside.

Mill the oats in a food processor (or NutriBullet type machine). Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Place bananas into a blender (or Nutribullet type machine) with two tablespoons of milk, take the two tablespoons of milk from the 1/3 cup listed in the ingredients. Place the pureed bananas into a bowl and all wet ingredients, mix well.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and blend well.

Place half the banana bread batter into the pan.

Add the sweet walnut center mix on top of the batter, keeping it in the center away from the sides.

Place the remaining batter on top of the sweet walnut mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.


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