This whole grain banana bread is made with brown butter for extra flavor! It’s so wildly good I may have to brown my butter for all banana bread from here on out!
Why browned butter? Because it smells (and tastes!) like freshly baked cookies. That’s why!
You’ll typically see recipes for decadent sauces, cookies, and even ice creams that call for the liquid gold that is browned butter, but breads are almost never let in on the fun. I’m here to change that!
What bread loves to party? Whole Grain Banana Bread loves to party! Let’s get it drunk.
Despite my overzealous desire to inebriate this bread, I’m going to behave like the good little preggo that I am and simply get it butter drunk instead.
Only we’re not using a lot of butter here, so the bread is more like that health-conscious hipster you met at a party. The one delicately sipping a microbrew instead of slamming tequila shots while dancing on top of the bar. I’m not sure where I was going with that, I think I just really need a drink.
This bread won’t give you a hangover. In fact, it won’t even lead you to regret your decisions in the morning. So grab a few speckled bananas and meet me in the kitchen!
We have whole grain banana bread to make!
Browned Butter Whole Grain Banana Bread
- 1 flax egg or 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup mashed super ripe banana (2 medium bananas])
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 cup unbleached white wheat whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup ground oat flour (see below)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or 3/4 tsp if you're an addict!)
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup chopped unsalted walnuts
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Next whip up your flax egg. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tablespoons of water, whisk, and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. No need to time it, just pop it in the fridge until you're ready to add it to the mix.
- Remove half a stick of unsalted butter [only 4 tablespoons worth] from your fridge and slice. Slicing is optional, but will help the butter melt faster and more evenly. Add the butter to a small saucepan on medium-low heat and whisk occasionally, keeping an eye on the pot to prevent burning. A few minutes later, once the butter fully melts, it will start to froth and bubble at the top. Keep whisking repeatedly at this point, as the butter takes on a caramel brown-sugar smell. You'll start to notice tiny brown flecks at the bottom of your pan. Whisking those little specks will give the butter a golden-brown hue and signal when it's time to remove the butter from heat. Pour into clean bowl to prevent further cooking and set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Wait! Don't toss the pot in the sink yet!
- Leave the burner on medium-low heat, and add the banana, honey and coconut oil and applesauce to the pot you browned the butter in, scraping up any leftover golden flakes of deliciousness into the banana for added flavor. Just a few minutes stove top is all it will need, sauteing the banana a bit just further develops the sweetness and flavor. Once you're ready, pull from heat and add to a large mixing bowl to cool.
- You can purchase oats pre-ground into flour, but its ridiculously easy to make your own by pulsing plain rolled oats in a food processor until they're fluffy and powdery. They're delicious sprinkled into baked goods and veggie burgers too!
- Mix dry ingredients and whisk to distribute ingredients evenly.
- Add your browned butter, lemon juice, and flax egg to the banana mixture and stir.
- Sift in your dry ingredients [sometimes the oats try to hang out in the sifter, just pour them in slowly if that happens] while stirring the two together with a fork until just moistened.
- Add your chopped walnuts, fold in, and pour into a 9x5 or 8x4 loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 325 F for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Mine is typically done around 50 minutes but ovens are testy little appliances and times may vary just a smidge <3
- Allow to cool before digging in to risk burning your face. Though I happen to lack self restraint in that department! Must... have... banana bread!
special diets and swaps
An egg will work in place of flax egg. In a pinch you can grab regular all-purpose flour or regular whole grain flour and this recipe will still come together marvelously. For those of you babystepping your way from white flour to whole grains, unbleached white wheat is a soft alternative to help you transition! No honey? You can substitute pure maple syrup, agave nectar, or 1/4 cup of sugar. Not a fan of nuts? Hellooo chocolate chips! I have a variation with dark chocolate that I’ll be posting super soon!For those of you that are curious, there are two applesauces I bake with: Musselman’s Granny Smith Applesauce and the plain, unsweetened, organic applesauce from Whole Foods. Any applesauce will work in my recipes, these are just my favorite! Serious Eats did a taste test of leading applesauce brands and Musselman’s and Whole Foods 365 came out on top along with Vermont Organics and Trader Joes. Cool, right? Once apples are in season you can totally make your own, jar it, and then maybe bring me some =) I’ll trade you a loaf of delicious bread!
I’m supposed to tell you to wait for it to cool before digging in. Yeah. Good luck with that =)
so… how was it?
Simply amazing. I’ve been making this bread non-stop for the past few weeks because everyone keeps eating it all on me! Seriously… We’re talking two loaves a week here! I don’t think I’ve ever baked so much in my life. Browning the butter [swoon!] and sauteing the bananas makes a world of difference in the bread’s awesome flavor profile. And as for the texture? It’s a perfect balance of fluffy yet dense and oh-so-moist. You won’t need butter, honey, or nut butter whatsoever, though it did make for a fun [and messy!] photoshoot.Plus honey and peanut butter? It’s flipping delicious.
Try a slice [or two!] with breakfast or keep individually-wrapped slices on hand for perfect grab-and-go snacking! <3
What’s your favorite type of bread?
If you get a chance to try this Whole Grain Banana Bread, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!