Monday, March 2, 2009

Eggless Cardamom Flavored Banana Oat Wheat Bread

Ripe bananas are no longer something I worry about, they are actually welcomed in my home now. There was a time when I used to worry that when there were ripe bananas in my fruit basket, that they would not get consumed and may spoil. But since I started using these ripe bananas in my baking I find that ripe bananas are something I welcome because it provides me with an opportunity to try something new with it . In the past I have baked banana bread and sugarless oatmeal raisin cookies with bananas, though cookies with bananas have been featuring more often in my kitchen than bread. This time when I found myself with a couple of ripe bananas, I was in the mood for some banana bread but wanted to try something different. 

So I looked around for some recipes and I found a recipe here and again here on red chillies site. I used this recipe as my base recipe and I adapted the recipe quite a bit. I used oat flour in place of all purpose flour, changed the proportions of the flour, pureed dates with milk and added that to the batter and increased the quantity of cardamom powder since I thought the quantity in the original recipe was not enough. The bread turned out soft and chewy and even with just 1/3 cup sugar I thought it was pretty sweet, the cardamom flavor added a dimension that we thoroughly enjoyed. For those of you familiar with the cuisine from southern India, this bread may remind you a little of appam (a fried snack made out of rice,jaggery and bananas). It definitely reminded me of appam, only a healthier version of it. We loved this version of banana bread and I am now looking forward to the next time I have ripe bananas so that I can make this again :-)


Another view of the bread........................




Ingredients and method to make the banana oat wheat bread
1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
1 cup oat flour ( I processed rolled oats in my spice grinder to obtain oat flour) (you can use store bought flour too)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cardamom seed powder
2 large ripe bananas
1/3 cup milk
12 large soft seedless dates
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp smart balance light (or butter) or any other vegan butter substitute
1/4 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 deg F 

Mix whole wheat flour, oat flour, salt, cardamom powder and baking soda in  a large bowl and keep aside.

 Blend the seedless dates, milk and bananas in a blender until smooth. Add the milk+bananas+dates mixture to the flour mixture and mix well. 

Add sugar, applesauce and smart balance (melted or melted butter ) to this mixture and mix well. Finally add raisins and mix well and keep aside

Grease a bread baking dish with a drop of oil or little butter, add the batter to this and bake between 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven, cool thoroughly and slice into desired thickness and enjoy. :-)

Notes 
Baking times vary depending on the size and material of the dish you use so do keep that in mind and adjust times accordingly. ( I used a glass bread loaf size dish)

This bread along with my Rye dosai/crepe and Pesto Pizza with Oat Wheat Crust is off to the JFI- Wheat event being hosted by Roma

62 comments :

Ramya said...

That looks lovely

Preety said...

bread looks so prefect and moist usha..i too welcome ripe bananas in my home anytime..and sometimes i let them sit on the couter for longtime intentionally so that they turn black and i can use them in my baking:)

Asha said...

Moist and delicious. I love the smell of Banana bread! :)

Lavanya said...

looks mouth watering..can i take a slice :)

Lavanya said...

looks mouth watering..can i take a slice :)

Indhu said...

moist and delicious... I like the addition of cardamom... :)

Madhu said...

Like banana flavored cake, looks moist.Nice recipe ..

Chandani said...

this looks so healthy and yet so very tasty!! can't wait to try this out:)

Deepa Hari said...

Bread looks lovely Usha...one more good one from you....i have so many recipes to try from your blog...Will try them and let you know.

jayasri said...

I love aapams,dates & milk & banana too....ur bread looks very interesting...I am still not into baking much (scared) just 2 days back, made a cheese cake, forgot to take photos...!!, will try this recipe as it looks gorgeous & full of healthy ingredients...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

interesting ingredients!! looks gorgeous usha.. i just dont have the applesauce,else i wud have tried it.

Superchef said...

looks soo moist and so nicely flavoured!! love banana bread (you know that already! :D)

Anu said...

Banana Oat bread looks simply superb. Sounds very easy to try out. Would try this and come back with the feedback ;)

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Varsha Vipins said...

Am seeing Banana breads everywhere..:p..cant wait to try Usha..yum yum..:)

Ashwini said...

looks so moist and delish..love the addition of cardamom..

Pam said...

I love the smell of banana bread cooking - yours looks delicious.

Sharmila said...

I think I can try this ... sounds easy. :-)

Sara said...

This looks great, cardamom is one of my favorite spices.

A_and_N said...

I love banana breads :) I lvoe banana so I'm game for anything banana! Lovely recipe :)

Cham said...

Wow, How spongy it is ur bread, cannot believe it is eggless, great job!

Red Chillies said...

Glad you liked it and I have to say love your version. I am still paranoid about bananas sitting on our counter top especially during weekends. Your version is so much healthier too Usha.

Vegetation said...

Usha, this looks wonderful! Yum! I love the fact that there's very little sugar in it too.

Shama Nagarajan said...

good healthy one...lovely

Dershana said...

I love banana bread. The addition of cardamoms in there is an interesting touch!

Poornima Nair said...

Looks so moist and spongy...wish i could have a slice...

sowmya said...

banana bread looks yumm..i too actually wait for the bananas to ripes so i can use thm inmy bakes..have a few banana recipes ..yet to post..good one usha..

Priya Sriram said...

Banala bread has perfect texture Usha! Nice clicks!

Priya Sriram said...

Banala bread has perfect texture Usha! Nice clicks!

Happy cook said...

They look so yummy moist and delicious.

sriharivatsan said...

Moist and delicious. Looks spongy..

DEESHA said...

oooh what a long lovelyh name .. I can almost taste the flavore reading that .. looks very nice

Purva Desai said...

Can I grab a bite.....it looks really appetizing

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aquadaze said...

that looks absolutely great!!

Laavanya said...

I can see how it tastes a lot like the appams just by reading the ingredients.. oh how fabulous and not quite so labour intensive and so much healthier too :)
I simply love the heady aroma of cardamom - so sweet & captivating.

Priya said...

Hats off Usha, just love the bread:) healthy n can guess the aroma while baking...

Paru ... said...

I can almost smell the cardamom :)..Looks amaxing Usha

Smitha said...

Hey usha, Thanx for stopping by my pages. You have a wonderful space here. I have always had problems when it comes to baking with whole wheat. For you it comes so easy. Cool. WIll follow your posts regularly.
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Ann said...

Moist and pretty Usha..

Madhuram said...

You are absolutely right about banana bread tasting like appam. Recently I tried whole wheat banana muffins and I too felt exactly the same. Especially with the wheat flour, it tasted like godhumai appam. When you have ripe bananas you should try the banana halwa in redchillies' site.

Nice addition of oat flour and dates in the banana bread.

Sakshi said...

Hmm..in my house its hard to find even a raw banana.If they had their way my family would eat up all the bananas from the supermarket aisle itself. Guess you understood how bananas we are abt the fruit. I don't know if I will ever have the guts to try baking bread but I see that you have other eggless recipes in ur blog...that's something am gonna try out!! You have a delicious blog here and thanks a ton for smelling the smoke coming from my blog :) delighted to have u there. Haa...see the slumdog as soon as u can and let me know ur views!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

wow, this cardamom-scented banana bread sounds incredible!

Bharti said...

How nutritious. Sounds perfect for breakfast.

Sumathi said...

The bread looks really moist and lovely..

Ankita said...

Perfect,moist,healthy bread Usha.

Sangs said...

I always like eggless cakes and in constant search for the recipes....will definitely try this:)

Sangs said...

I always like eggless cakes and in constant search for the recipes....will definitely try this:)

Aparna said...

Bread that tastes like neiyappam, that's something. And your bread has a lovely texture too.

Vishali said...

wow Usha what a nice bread..that too eggless...I was thinking of making a bread and never tried one, but this one looks easy and will try to make it. Will ask u if I have any doubts. :)

veggie belly said...

what a great idea to add oat flour!

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely! I always reserve some bananas and get them ripened fully, to make a bread! V all love that!

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Hi Usha,
Thank you for stopping by my Blog and for the lovely comment. Your blog is pretty awesomeand also colorful. The bread looks delicious.I also make bread but haven't tried bread with applesauce. Will definetly try this one.Thank you.

n33ma said...

wonderful and moist!

Vibaas said...

that looks yummy. nice recipe

Jayu said...

thanks a lot Usha for stopping by and posting u'r comment.Your blog is sure is sure a treasure for me!So many things to be tried out......and the pics do say "Yummy!!!"

Food Fanatic said...

looks yummy. i m craving sumthing sweet like tht now!

Soma said...

Banana bread is the bread i make most often. Like ur adding the flavor of cardamom. I'll try that next time.

Madhumathi said...

Cake looks scrumptious..i have some ripe bananas and half a jar of applesauce..Gonna try it today..Will let you know how it came..Thanks for the recipe :)

Girl Japan said...

Bread looks fabulously moist and inviting!!!

Roopa said...

mmmm I love such breads, especially Banana flavor, I am sure it would have rocked on your family dinner table :) I am also planning to post a eggless cake soon.

eatme_delicious said...

This sounds and looks really good! I love that it's whole grain and you used dates and applesauce.

romaspace said...

perfect bread, that too without yeast.

jayasri said...

wow, ur bread is so lovely.., i want to try this too.., i was going through ur recipes, my god !!, so many baking with oats i must try one by one each week i think..., these really look delicious...

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