Buckwheat Banana Bread

Buckwheat Banana Bread

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Happy 2018! Can you believe it's already been a year? I was going through some draft posts and found so many recipes that I'm dying to share with you this year. Also, I guess I've done pretty well with my 2017 resolutions! This year one of my biggest resolutions is to learn to mindfully snack and enjoy sweets without guilt, something I struggle so much since starting pastry school. This banana bread is one of my first attempts, the buckwheat flavour is not for everyone, but I hope you'll like it!

Growing up, the only buckwheat product I know is Japanese soba, a brown tinted thin noodle I love to slurp. The ash coloured flour is also responsible for another of my beloved dishes, galette, crepe's savoury cousin from Brittany. Over the years, I have acquired a taste for strong "adult" foods like olives, mustard greens and cardamom. But not until a recent trip to Estonia did I connect the dots to why I have always had an affinity to this underrated flour. It's not hard to understand why I love buckwheat's intense flavour profile, one that's similar to charred toast and hoppy beer. It all makes sense now.

According to The Kitchn, buckwheat is not a grain but a seed that's related to rhubarb and sorrel. Its naturally gluten-free properties got its recent popularity among health fanatics. Most commonly sold as flour, you can also purchase buckwheat groats for a substitute for oatmeal, or enjoy as a dark honey rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

That said, my attempt at a 100% buckwheat banana bread turned out, let's just say, not so well. I have yet to make a buckwheat galette at home, but taking cues from all the masters before me, namely David Lebovitz and Clotilde Dusoulier, using a 50/50 ratio when baking with buckwheat at home is the way to go. Enjoy with a dollop of greek yogurt, skyr, honey, or almond butter!

Buckwheat Banana Bread

Makes one 9x5" loaf. 

450g (4-5) ripe bananas
100g eggs
120g cup honey
56g oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
120g all-purpose flour
120g buckwheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cocoa powder

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Mash the bananas with a fork and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and honey until thick and frothy. Drizzle in the oil and vanilla extract and whisk until incorporated.
  3. In another bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Add into the egg mixture all at once, mix until just combined.  
  4. Pour batter into a 9×5" loaf pan and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
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