I've been on a matcha fix lately. I made a matcha green tea cheesecake for a friend's dinner party the other week, and since then I just can't get enough the stuff! I've been mixing it in smoothies, making matcha green tea lattes, and using some of the powder in overnight oats. The health benefits are strong (especially when mixed with bananas in baked goods, of course) and the green tea flavour is delicious and surprising.
I took a mini walk around my hood this Sunday, and afterwards I was more in the mood to relax and read than to continue to run around with all the hustle and bustle of the Montmartre brunchers and tourists. This banana bread is super easy to make, bakes up without a fuss, and is terribly delicious. It's the perfect compliment to a big mug of coffee or tea and a book on the couch!
Matcha green tea banana bread - what you need:
- 1/2 cup golden cane sugar*
- 1/4 cup maple syrup*
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3-4 ripe bananas, mashed (3 big bananas should do it, but mine were medium-sized so I used 4)
- 1/4 cup freshly brewed green tea (or hot water)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2-3 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
* For the sugars, you can use normal granulated sugar if you do not have golden cane sugar. If you do not have maple syrup, you can substitute in honey (this is non-vegan) or agave syrup, or just use 3/4 cup sugar.
Matcha green tea banana bread - What you do:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (350F).
Grease a loaf pan (using margarine, coconut oil, butter, etc.) and line it with parchment paper (as shown below).
In a large bowl beat together the sugar, maple syrup, vegetable oil, bananas, tea, and vinegar. (= wet ingredients.)
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, matcha powder, and salt. (= dry ingredients.)
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and tap on the counter a few times to pop any air bubbles.
Bake in the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes. An inserted toothpick should come out clean! If you think the bread is getting too brown, but it isn't yet baked through, slide a piece of aluminium foil over the top of the bread. This will allow the inside to cook, but prevent the top from burning!
Allow the banana bread to cool before cutting into slices. You can pull the banana bread out very simply using the parchment paper.
Baking soundtrack - tunes to inspire your inner baker:
Drake put out a surprise new album last week... BEST NEWS EVER.
I've been listening to it non-stop, and for some reason this is my favourite song from the album.
(Warning: bad words!)