The second bread in the July 1st Healthy Bread in Five Minutes Bread Braid is Whole Wheat Banana Bread. I had a bunch of overripe bananas in my refrigerator that were almost past their prime so this was good timing.
This particular banana bread is a yeasted banana bread rather than a quick bread. It is made with a combination of white whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour and honey and oil rather than sugar and butter. I've made yeasted banana bread before and wasn't too impressed so I didn't know what to expect with this bread. I guess I'm just partial to the banana bread that I grew up eating.
You can find the recipe for this whole wheat banana bread on page 200 of the Healthy Bread in Five Minutes book.
I used freshly-milled white whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour. I made the dough the night before I planned to bake the bread and let it sit on the counter for two hours. Then I put the dough in the refrigerator to ferment overnight.
I baked the bread the next day and I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This yeasted banana bread tasted good, especially warm with butter.
Editors note: This bread tasted really good warm and fresh from the oven. I tried it a little while later and it was a bit lacking in flavor. This is probably because I was expecting it to taste more like a banana quick bread. My son thought it lacked flavor as well and he didn't like the crust.
Having said that, this is a great bread for toasting. It tastes good with peanut butter which is not something I would normally eat on banana bread. Who knew?
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