Sunday, May 17, 2009

Spelt Banana Chocolate Chip Walnut Bread

Today is a hot, lazy Sunday in San Francisco. So, what did I decide to do? Bake banana bread! There's nothing like a gas oven burning in your tiny studio apartment when it's 90 degrees out. I saw this recipe on RecipeZaar after doing a search for "banana spelt"...used walnuts instead of pecans and added chocolate chips. Um, jackpot!

3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper.
3. In a bowl, mash bananas and then mix in the maple syrup, canola oil, and vanilla.
4. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
5. Blend the wet and dry mixtures together.
6. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
7. Pour into the loaf pan.
8. Bake for 40-50 minutes.

The finished product was delish! Moist, very banana-y, and with the right amount of sweetness. I've really been digging baking with whole grain spelt flour. Great for baking (low gluten level, so if you come close to over-mixing, you're not left with baked goods that are as hard as rocks) and many health benefts too. It has beat out white whole wheat as my flour of choice. Too bad a tiny 24 oz. bag of Bob's Red Mill spelt flour costs around $4. Bah. I need to start buying this shiznit in bulk.