Breads, Breakfast and Brunch, Food

Spelt Flour Banana Bread With Walnuts And Honey

Nicoletta March 13, 2016

There are many recipes for Banana Bread and they all are very good. I tried to make a delectable and healthy version using spelt flour, sweetening it with honey and sprinkling walnuts on top.

Spelt and Honey Banana Bread with Walnuts

I am quite intransigent on what I like to buy, eat, cook and bake and -as a consequence- on what I like to post on the foodblog. What we share, both savory and sweet, are recipes that we prepare with love and care for the family consumption and that follow our belief, disposition and personal taste. Sometimes these recipes might be “trendy” and popular, sometimes not, but always tried and true. Rest assured that everything we made, photographed and shared, has been gobbled and gone 😉 . Like this Spelt Flour Banana Bread With Walnuts And Honey

 

 

Spelt and Honey Banana Bread with Walnuts

I love sweets and I love to bake. I mostly bake breakfast items that can also be good as dessert. And sometimes desserts, that are good to eat at breakfast. My personal preference being for simple, unsophisticated flavors, made with wholesome, organic products in their most natural form. It is perhaps for my own safety, since I consume a good quantity of sweets, that I’ve always tried to combine deliciousness and healthiness in most of my baked goods. And when we indulge in something less beneficial for our wellness but more appealing to the tastebuds (and we need that, too), we try to compensate in our meal planning for the week. Balance is the key for everything. And libra is my zodiacal sign, so the scales are a constant in my life 🙂 .

And that takes me to today’s baking: Spelt Flour Banana Bread With Walnuts And Honey. 

Spelt flour has become a staple in my pantry. I find it more digestible and easy on my stomach than processed refined flour. I don’t know if I developed an intolerance to wheat, during the years, but lately I’ve been drawn to ancient grains and gluten-free flours more than before. And since carbs (and sweets) have always been my favorites, I am adding goods made with gluten-free flours  or with spelt and kamut to my everyday diet. And I feel better.

This loaf is a play on the classic Banana Bread, but with the addition of spelt flour, honey and walnuts, each ingredient blending and melding to create a moist, light and flavorful loaf. The bananas, together with extra virgin olive oil and oat milk provide the moisture, the honey and spelt flour a mild sweetness, the walnuts the crunch and additional nuttiness. Just a note on honey: consider it a great swap to refined sugars, being a natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, immunity system builder and a source of antioxidants.

This Spelt Flour Banana Bread With Walnuts And Honey is perfect for breakfast, or as a snack when the sweet craving hits. Half a slice would suffice, since the bread is  quite filling. After all, spelt flour is highly nutritious (it contains more protein, fats and crude fibre than wheat), honey is nature’s energy booster and a handful of walnuts will get you enough of the recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein.

Spelt and Honey Banana Bread with Walnuts

I really enjoyed this banana bread. I froze half of the loaf cut into slices, and took it out of the freezer in the morning to have it as my breakfast. I toasted it, added a little honey on top, or some jam, and it was a delicious, nutritious start to my day. I also brought it to work and shared it with my coworker. She is really appreciating my baking and she already said she is going to miss me deeply when I’m gone.

Spelt and Honey Banana Bread with Walnuts

I don’t know if I am going to miss anybody, really, as I am going back to my other half 🙂 .

Spelt Flour Banana Bread With Walnuts And Honey

Song of the day: “7 Years”, Lukas Graham.

Recipe adapted from: Apples Under my Bed.

Spelt Flour Banana Bread With Walnuts And Honey

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf bread

Spelt Flour Banana Bread With Walnuts And Honey

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups organic whole spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw, organic honey
  • 2 organic free range eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used oat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a 20cm x 5cm loaf tin, with baking paper hanging over the edges so you can lift it out easily.
  2. Chop the walnuts and toast for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Sift the spelt flour, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Beat the olive oil and honey together in a separate bowl. Add the eggs and beat well. Mash the bananas into the mixture, then add in the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.
  5. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Add 3/4 of the chopped and toasted walnuts and combine. Leave some to sprinkle on top.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth the surface with the moistened back of a spoon or spatula. Top with the rest of the walnuts.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before lifting out and cooling on a wire rack for a further 30 minutes before slicing.

Notes

It is important not to over-mix spelt or you may risk having a crumbly texture.

Ricetta in Italiano:

Plum Cake di Farro con Banane, Miele e Noci

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Plum Cake di Farro con Banane, Miele e Noci

Ingredients

  • 1 tazza e 1/2 di farina integrale di farro
  • 1 cucchiaino di bicarbonato
  • 1/2 cucchiaino si sale
  • 1/3 di tazza di olio extra vergine d'oliva
  • 1/2 tazza di miele
  • 2 uova biologiche da allevamento a terra
  • 2 banane medie, mature, schiacciate
  • 1/4 tazza di latte (io ho usato il latte d'avena)
  • 1 cucchiaino di estratto di vaniglia
  • 1/2 tazza di noci, tritate e leggermente tostate

Instructions

  1. Preriscaldate il forno a 180°C e foderate uno stampo da plum cake con carta da forno.
  2. Tritate le noci e tostatele per cica 5 minuti in forno. Mettete da parte.
  3. Passate al setaccio la farina di farro, il sale e il bicarbonato di soda in una ciotola grande.
  4. A parte battete l'olio e il miele, poi unite le uova e battete il tutto.
  5. Versate gli ingredienti liquidi in quelli secchi e amalgamate velocemente, non troppo.
  6. Aggiungete buona parte delle noci tritate e tostate. Lasciatene un po' da spolverare sulla superficie.
  7. Versate l'impasto nello stampo preparato, livellate la superficie e cospargete di noci tritate.
  8. Cuocete nel forno preriscaldato per circa 50 minuti, o finché uno stuzzicadenti inserito nel centro non esca pulito.
  9. Sfornate, lasciate raffreddare 5 minuti nello stampo, poi su una gratella per una trentina di minuti prima di affettare.
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12 Comments

  • Reply Tiffany March 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I’m on a big kick of buying half-price bananas at the grocery store right now, usually for smoothies. Problem is they fester faster than I can use them so I know banana bread is inevitable. Thanks for the inspiration, especially to buy a bag of spelt flour. I love whole and heritage grains but have to admit, sometimes the price scares me off a bit. I think it’ll be worth the splurge.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 27, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Thank you Tiffany, I know, gluten-free flours and ancient grains can be a little pricey, but I think they’re worth it. And yes, to use up bananas, banana bread is inevitable 🙂 .

  • Reply Sean March 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I ‘inherited’ half a bag of spelt flour from someone recently and I’ve been trying to decide just what to do with it. I have to say, this looks wonderful. I have a soft spot for recipes that look sweet, but not TOO sweet, and loaves like this really speak to me. I’m imagining the honey and the walnuts must be just perfect additions.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 27, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Spelt flour and baking go so well together 🙂 . I eat a lot of sweets, but not if they are overly sweet. This loaf cake is nutty, soft, crunchy from the walnuts and not too sweet thanks to the honey. Thanks Sean for stopping by!

  • Reply Laura @ The Bluenose Baker March 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I have a bunch of overripe bananas and I’ve been pondering what to make with them. This might be it! I love honey-sweetened bread and muffins.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Oh thanks, Laura! It was such a great loaf cake, nutritious and delicious 😉 .

  • Reply Mel @ The Refreshanista March 25, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Ohhh I love the sound of this banana bread! It would be amazing with a hot cup of coffee 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 27, 2016 at 10:41 am

      It was actually amazing with a cup of cappuccino every morning until it was finished 😉 . Thank you so much for your nice comment!

  • Reply Ogrody April 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Great article:-). Best regrads for Author!

  • Reply Mark April 10, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Very good post:-). Best regards!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you Mark, for stopping by, glad you liked the post.

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