Preview: Sweet Bread Machine Banana Bread with Yeast is a healthier substitute for traditional banana bread. This stuff is irresistible!!
Break out of your same old banana bread routine. Use those ripe, dark, and soft bananas to make this healthy Banana Yeast Bread with some whole wheat flour. It’s slightly sweet with an optional sugar-cardamom mixture sprinkled over the top.
What do you do with ripe bananas? I peel mine, throw them into small plastic bags in the size needed for my favorite recipe, and freeze them. I don’t know about you, but I swear those little bags have babies once they get into the freezer.
This is my answer to the problem. It’s not an excuse to eat cake (like traditional banana bread). Eat it for breakfast, make a jelly sandwich for lunch, eat it with chicken salad for a light supper, then make sweet cinnamon melba toasts with leftovers the next day.
This bread gets most of its sweetness from the fruit. Leave it out if you’re not a fan. Your bread will still be fantastic.
Ingredients and substitutions:
- FLOUR: I love that this recipe calls for part whole wheat flour. More fiber and protein never tasted so good. Bread flour constitutes the rest of the flour requirement. You could use all-purpose unbleached flour instead of bread flour, but you may need to add an extra tablespoon. Decide that after you start mixing the dough and check the dough consistency.
- MILK: I used milk for years. But since yogurt has taken over my life, I substitute it whenever I can.
- BANANAS: If your bananas are not very soft, you may need to add some extra water. Peek at the dough after the bread machine has been running a few minutes to determine if more is needed.
If you are a little short on bananas, add extra milk or water. If your banana is a little too large, reduce the liquid to compensate. See this post for how to adjust the dough if it is too dry or too wet.
- HONEY: Because of the dried fruits and bananas in this recipe, you could leave the honey out. If you don’t have honey in the house, maple syrup will work.
- YEAST: Use instant or bread machine yeast (no difference) as specified by the recipe. You can now substitute active dry yeast without dissolving it first. Be aware it may be a little slower to activate and make your bread dough rise.
- NUTS: Pecans or almonds are specified in the recipe. Walnuts or macadamia nuts would make a good substitute. Be sure to toast the nuts for maximum flavor. It’s easy to toast nuts with a paper plate in the microwave.
- DATES AND RAISINS: You can leave out either of these ingredients if you prefer. They add quite a bit of sweetness though. Chopped dried figs could be subbed for the dates.
If your dried fruit is a dry, plump it up by soaking the fruit in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drain well.
- CARDAMOM: Fragrant cardamom comes in pods or seeds. For this recipe, you want the green seeds in the powdered form. This spice is pretty easy to find at the grocery store. If you are wondering what to do with the rest of the jar, here are 25 Suggestions for Ways To Use Cardamom from the Cooking Channel.
Since you are only sprinkling it on top of the bread, it can be left out.
Banana-Pecan Yeast Bread: Replace the whole-wheat flour with a cup of bread flour or unbleached flour. Replace the honey with 1/4 cup of sugar.
Can I make this ahead of time?
This bread is best eaten the day it’s made. Unlike store-bought yeast bread, there are no preservatives.
If you can’t eat it all the first day, I have two suggestions:
- Slice the bread. Wrap the slices individually in plastic wrap. Store in the freezer. When you need a snack or a jelly sandwich, take a couple of slices out to thaw for a few minutes. Delicious snack.
- If you find your bread has gone a bit stale a day or two later, make Cinnamon Crispy Toasts.
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