Let’s face it, banana bread is delicious, but the mere mention of it will never prompt an image of a luscious cream dripping dessert. Well, at least up until now. You probably know what this means: say goodbye to the plain banana loaf and make room for better, tastier and prettier banana bread versions!
Cookies and Chocolate Treats in Banana Bread Recipes
Yup, our favorite store-bought treats can actually improve the banana bread as we know it. A banana Bread made with these candies or cookies will definitely be a hit with both the youngest and the oldest in your family, that’s for sure!
Although we are quite familiar with the brand (Biscoff), I am sure not everyone knows that these tasty biscuits that are the best companion to coffee and tea are in fact called speculoos (sing. Speculaas). The name’s origin is Dutch and it represents a type of caramelized, crunchy, spiced, slightly browned, thin, shortcrust biscuits. The most recognizable thing about them is they have some image or figure stamped on the front side prior to baking.
Ok, enough said, and don’t worry if you think you will have to “destroy” these meticulously engraved figures in order to put them in the banana bread batter, that won’t be necessary. Because there is also a Biscoff spread and it is THE version you need to give your banana bread the wanted tenderness, moistness, and deliciousness!
Yup, it exists. You can prepare this spread by mixing the above mentioned spread with 18 Oreo cookies in a blender until you get a creamy spread. Once you have the spread ready, you can enhance the whole Oreo feel by adding some crushed Oreos into the banana bread batter. Once you’ve baked it, be ready for a hand battle over who is going to take the last slice! (In my house the youngest usually wins this battle)
The butter cups that go by the name of Reese’s are one of America’s favorite. So, when it came to implementing them in another American staple, there was no room for second thoughts. In fact, the aptly named Reese’s Explosion banana bread is now hands down my favorite. And to be quite honest, never in a million years would I have thought of a combination like this if I didn’t see the recipe on a food website while going through their easy banana bread recipes. But, I guess like all the other things in life, the best ones come when you least expect :).
Banana Bread in Shapes You’ve Never Seen Before
One of the things that make banana loaves boring is just that: their shape. Regular loaves cut in slices and that’s it, nothing new, nothing interesting. Well, thanks to MyGreatRecipes, the very place I found my favorite recipe at, I got to see many different variations in terms of the banana bread shape that are nothing short of awesome.
Instead of pouring the whole batter into a single pan, pour it in a muffin tin. Of course, you will have to make some adjustments in terms of the baking time and temperature, but almost every recipe has a detailed description of what you should be doing, no worries! The final result will be banana bread tasting cuties that you can always make even cuter. (Let’s say top them with some chocolate glaze and colorful sprinkles).
And how about no baking at all? The banana bread recipes for smoothies were definitely new to me, and the best part is just that: you don’t have to patiently wait for the oven to work its magic. Just pour the ingredients into the blender and in a matter of minutes you will be enjoying a banana bread smoothie that is both delicious and energy-boosting. A great way to start your mornings, and a great coffee replacement too! Here are some of the best smoothies that you can choose from other than the banana bread one.
Ditch the regular bread pan and replace it with a larger one. The banana bread batter should be evenly spread and of course, thinner than usual. Once you take it out of the oven let it cool for around 20 minutes prior to cutting it into bars. The best part about these bars is you can refrigerate them and easily re-heat them in the microwave and take them as to-go snacks.
Different Glazes That Will Make the Ordinary Banana Bread Recipes- Extraordinary
Now, back to the loaves. I know, I know, I talked in great lengths on why loaves are boring, but if you hadn’t guessed it by now, the central part of this section are the glazes. I promise they will do wonders in terms of the looks and tastes of banana loaves.
If you love sticky caramel, then coating your banana bread in a caramel glaze is just what you need. The best part about glazes is the very simplicity of their preparation. Just mix ¼ cup of butter and ½ cup of brown sugar and bring them to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat and proceed to add 2 teaspoons of heavy cream and a cup of powdered sugar. Whisk everything together until smooth and lump free. Immediately pour over your banana bread and enjoy a tasty bite!
Pink is always a good idea, because hey, pink “just goes with the fashion”. The pink glaze will make your banana bread loaf a true beauty! You will need a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon of strawberry extract and 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream and you are good to go.
Who said that maple syrup is reserved only for pancakes? Not only can you use it in banana loaves to replace sugar, but you can also make a glaze. You will need the following:
¼ cup of butter
½ cup of pure maple syrup
1 cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preparing this glaze is easy as ABC, so even if you are not an experienced cook, you can still manage to prepare it and what’s more, succeed in it.
No talk about glazes can go without the good old chocolate glaze. Need I say more? I bet you all know how to prepare a chocolate glaze, so next time you are preparing a banana loaf, coat it with some chocolate awesomeness and it will immediately become more interesting and tastier!
Go ahead and surprise your friends and family with a new take on a good old recipe. Be it by changing the add-ins, turning it into a whole different form, or covering it with a special glaze, your new banana bread recipe will definitely be a hit, and you will be the favorite chef around!