Punch up the flavour by adding the entire banana – peel and fruit – to your baking. It gives the bread extra moisture, fibre and a strong banana flavour, but you’d never know the peels went it too. Plus, it cuts down on kitchen waste. Choose ripe bananas that only have a few brown spots on the skin for this recipe, and avoid any that are bruised or turning black.
3 bananas, unpeeled, washed
3 eggs, lightly whisked
125g butter, melted, cooled
125ml (1/2 cup) milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
140g (2/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
225g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour
65g (3/4 cup) desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Honey, to serve
Ricotta, to serve
4 Method Steps
Step 1Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease an 8cm-deep, 10 x 21cm (base size) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing paper to overhang sides.
Step 2Trim and discard banana
(3 bananas, unpeeled, washed) ends. Cut 1 banana in half lengthways. Peel 1 half. Reserve the flesh. Coarsely chop the skin. Coarsely chop remaining half (still in skin) and remaining bananas (unpeeled) into 2cm-thick slices. Transfer the banana and skin to a blender. Add the egg
(3 eggs, lightly whisked), butter
(125g butter, melted, cooled), milk
(125ml (1/2 cup) milk), vanilla
(1 tsp vanilla extract) and sugar
(140g (2/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar). Blend until smooth and well combined. Pour into a large bowl.
Step 3Add flour
(225g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour), coconut
(65g (3/4 cup) desiccated coconut) and cinnamon
(1/2 tsp ground cinnamon). Use a spatula to fold until just combined. Pour into prepared pan. Place reserved peeled banana half, cut-side up, on top of mixture.
Step 4Bake for 50 minutes or until surface is dry and bread springs back when lightly touched. Set aside in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle over honey
(Honey, to serve) or maple syrup. Slice and spread with ricotta
(Ricotta, to serve) to serve.
Bananas freeze well. Peel and place in the freezer and blend for instant ice-cream or in your next smoothie.