I love Banana bread but hate all the steps of mashing, chopping etc that you have to go through to make it. I wanted to come up with a tea bread that could be made in a food processor, one that was quick, easy and for which the food processor would do all the work of mixing, chopping etc. Some of the new, fancy, all-in one kitchen mixers they are now promoting on the market for close to $1000 might do all that but I only have a $30 food processor to use. The recipe is a simple one but does require the steps to be carefully followed as a food processor is not like a stand mixer. The bread is not the usual sickly sweet banana bread but one with a slight tartness to it because of the added tamarind flavor.
8 oz whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Seeds from 4 green Cardamom pods (or ¼ tsp ground Cardamom)
2 oz butter
2 oz coconut oil
4 oz dark brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp tamarind paste
2 bananas cut in1/2 inch slices
½ lime, juiced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 oz pitted dates
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the rack in the middle position of your oven. Grease and line a 2 lb loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Cut the bananas into 1/2 inch slices, and squeeze the lime juice over it.
- Mix the honey, molasses, and tamarind concentrate in a small bowl I find that a little oil on the spoons used to measure these “syrups” helps them to slide easily off the spoon)
- Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, dates, and spices (Note: If I’m using Cardamom seeds, I put them in at this stage so that the food processor will grind them up) in the food processor bowl. Pulse on high 6-8 times until the mixture looks like cornmeal and the dates are finely chopped
- Add the butter, and coconut oil to this and process until the mixture has the consistency of breadcrumbs (about 30-40 seconds).
- Add the lightly beaten eggs, the mixture of “syrups”, and the banana slices and lime juice to the processor bowl. Process until smooth (about 1 minute on high) and no whole slices of banana can be seen.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run a rubber spatula around edges before turning out to cool further.