Banana Bread with Cinnamon Glaze

Banana bread is one of the most baked breads by home cooks and chefs alike, and everyone has his/ her own recipe. I like making banana bread for one simple reason-to use overripe bananas. 

Niki was on her spring break and we had gone on a weekend getaway to Palm Springs. The short break was much needed for all of us. Niki got a break from her school work and her busy Robotics season, Hubby free from his busy work schedule and I from my everyday mundane work.

After I came back I was missing my favorite place -my kitchen or lab where I experiment and concoct various gastronomic delights.

It was Easter Sunday and after going on Instagram and drooling over the various treats made by my peers, I was all geared up to bake something. Overripe bananas came to the rescue.

This is not overly sweet as most of the sweetness comes from the bananas, I added a small amount of maple syrup to add sweetness. But because it was Easter I thought of making the bread more indulgent by adding a cinnamon glaze. It was definitely worth it. The extra cinnamon added more flavor on top. You can skip it and make the bread without the glaze.

Servings

1 loaf

Prep Time

10-15 minutes

Cook Time

50 minutes

Total Time

1 hour

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp flax seed powder
  • 3 tsp chia seeds
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped coarsely
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 ½ tbsp melted butter or better butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Few pinches of cinnamon powder
PREPARATION

Step
Preheat the oven to 350 degree F and grease a loaf pan with butter or better butter. 

Step 2
In a mixing bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder. Mix with a whisk. Add chia seeds and flax seed powder and mix again.

Step 3
Blend banana and milk in a blender until a uniform mixture is obtained.

Step 4
Mix the banana puree, melted butter and maple syrup with the dry ingredients. Add in the chopped nuts reserving a few to decorate on top of the bread.

Step 5
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, add the reserved nuts on top and bake for about 48-50 minutes.

Step 6
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. 

Step 7
To make the glaze mix all the ingredients and pour on the cooled bread. Let it set for 20-30 minutes. Slice and serve with more butter.

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