Breads, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert

Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Nut Bread

Nicoletta April 20, 2017

Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Nut Bread, a beautiful, nutty flavor for a moist whole wheat banana bread with some crunch from the pecans.

Song of the day: Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Nut Bread

Here I am, still rambling about the weather. I thought that with the arrival of spring you would hear me talking about flowers blooming in the backyard, birds chirping, and long walks in the great outdoors. But no. After enjoying a -very- few sunny spring days, we were gifted by Mother Nature with some more snow, gray weather and not so warm temperatures on this side of the world. And I cannot help but feel gloomy, tired and blue.

 

 

I still go to yoga, and that helps relieve some tension in my body and bring some peace to my restless mind. Yesterday, even if it was a snowy day, on the spur of the moment, I put on my boots, jacket, hat, grabbed my yoga mat bag and headed to the bus stop to go to an afternoon yoga class. After one hour of flow yoga, I felt rejuvenated. Being among other people and not being confined in the house had its merit, plus being in the moment and shut the train of thoughts for some time felt really good.

Trying to break the day pattern, doing something that I enjoy doing and not something that I have to do, brings a whiff of fresh air to an otherwise stagnant routine. Sometimes it is yoga or jazzercise, sometimes it is going shopping to a mall, other times meeting a friend for lunch or coffee. I love when the weather allows me to go outdoor, although living in this neck of the woods makes it harder, especially for me, not used to this kind of inclement weather. So, for the majority, I break the day coloring, painting, reading, and baking.

Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Nut Bread

Most of my baked goods are basically created following these three indicators: “what do we need to use up”, “what’s for dessert tonight” or “what’s for breakfast tomorrow”. However, I bake more than we actually need or can eat, and that is when friends and neighbors come to the rescue. Those are the creations of pure boredom.  Sometimes I hear myself calling Loreto at work and saying “I’m bored!”, before I can even realize I actually took the phone and did it. It’s hard for me, I’ve worked for the past 25 years in Government offices in a fast pace,  lively, driven environment, in a city that was mine from birth, Rome, with family and friends around me. So, allow me, once in a while, to feel lonely, bored, and blue. And in those days, I bake.

This Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Nut Bread is partly my answer to “what’s for breakfast tomorrow” and partly a labor of getting out of boredom. Whatever the reason, the end result was an enjoyable Whole Wheat Banana Bread, with a lovely, nutty, tahini flavor, mildly sweetened with coconut sugar, spiced with cinnamon and vanilla and an additional crunch from the pecans. It was great at breakfast, but also as a dessert, when Loreto came up with one of his concoctions: chopped banana bread at the bottom of a bowl, a scoop of gelato and chocolate sauce with a drizzle of cherry jam on top. Divine!

Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Nut Bread

Tahini is an ingredient we’re using a lot, lately, both in sweet and savory recipes, as well as different kinds of hummus and dressings. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals and is so versatile that we just cannot have enough of it!

You will find this Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Nut Bread to be soft, moist, flavorful. You can add and subtract ingredients as you most like, using different nuts and spices, replacing the nuts with chocolate chips or chunks, dried fruit, or nothing. And you can easily make it vegan, by substituting the egg with a flax egg and the greek yogurt with coconut or vegetable oil.

As for me, I’ll bake a Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Bread again with different add-ons, and maybe the weather will be finally nice so we can wrap it up, add it to a basket with other goodies, and take it on an outdoor picnic.

whole wheat tahini banana nut bread

Song of the day: Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban.

Whole Wheat Tahini Banana Nut Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients

    Dry ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups organic, white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 60 g pecans, chopped
  • Wet ingredients:
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the wet ingredients: mashed bananas, tahini, greek yogurt, egg, vanilla, and almond milk. Whisk until smooth.
  3. In a separate large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: whole wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stir, then add the chopped pecans.
  5. Mix with a spatula until just combined.
  6. Pour into prepared loaf pan and smooth top with a spatula.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  8. Cool loaf in pan on a rack.

Notes

It keeps well in the freezer, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for a month or more. For a vegan option, substitute the egg with a flax egg and the greek yogurt with coconut or vegetable oil.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Marisa's Italian Kitchen April 21, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I have never baked with tahini and am now intrigued but this sweet bread looks really good Nicoletta. Our weather here in Montreal is not any better, although no snow we have been having unusual amount of rain with flooding. Have a great day Nicoletta 💕

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 21, 2017 at 8:42 am

      I also baked cookies with tahini and I love it! I just consider it as another nut butter, with a more distinct sesame flavor, and more vitamins and minerals. Thank you Marisa! Hope the weather turns into being sunny and warm everywhere so we can enjoy our outdoors!

  • Reply Eyecandypopper April 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

    This sounds great! I love tahini in baked goods (especially cookies)! I totally understand what you mean, I had a similar experience, working in the corporate world for about 16 years, and then it stopped all of a sudden. I do enjoy working from home, but I occasionally miss human contact and even sometimes I miss dressing up for work. haha I have yet to find an actual routine though, I need to include more yoga and running for sure. But at least we have baking and cooking, and that is very therapeutic in itself 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 21, 2017 at 9:39 am

      You touched a good point, there. I totally miss dressing up to go to work!! I am constantly in my yoga attire, dressing up only if we have a nice night out with Loreto 🙂 . I need to break my routine, both in the house or going out. Yoga is fantastic! As is this banana bread. Me too, I love tahini cookies! 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs April 21, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Yum, tahini and banana is a perfect combo. I totally get the feeling of being a little isolated when you work from home – I’m a yoga instructor but after moving to Germany I didn’t teach for about 6 months, and even now I only teach a few days a week for about two hours. It’s easy to get shut up in your house and start to turn blue when you’re alone a lot, especially in a different country! It’s great that you’re going to yoga and there are worse things to do than baking when you’re bored! This bread is such a pretty golden colour, it looks delicious.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Yes, I remember you being a yoga instructor! And that you moved to Germany! Wow, what a change for you, as well! You’re right, baking or going to yoga are not that bad at all to do when felling bored. As for this banana bread, it really is delicious and the color is also due to the coconut palm sugar, it lends a wonderful taste and an unmistakable golden color 🙂 .

  • Reply Pamela @BrooklynFarmGirl April 21, 2017 at 10:15 am

    It looks really delicious! I will try this recipe out for sure!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 21, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you, Pamela! Hope you try it, I’m sure you will love it as much as we did.

  • Reply killingthyme April 23, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I’m a sucker for banana breads, and this is right up my alley. I love the use of tahini! And I don’t care what anyone says — you can’t have a banana bread without some crunchy nuts in the mix 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Tahini is so great, Dana! And I agree with you, love that crunch of the nuts in a soft banana bread 😁. Thank you so much!

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