This espresso banana bread is packed with chocolate chips and nuts. Perfect for breakfast, or dessert.
Ok you guys. Banana bread. It's one of my favorite things. So much so, that I have a single serve microwave version for when the craving really hits. There's something about it that makes me feel like I'm making a smart choice, using up that last banana and that hits the sweet tooth all at the same time.
Ok, we know It's not the healthiest thing. But that doesn't stop me.
Homemade Espresso Banana Bread
I wanted something a bit more edgy than just another chocolate chip banana bread recipe (not that there is ever a day when I'd a slice of that up). And trust me, dark chocolate chips (or even a Nutella swirl) go a long way in taking banana bread up a level.
A banana bread with chocolate chips, walnuts and espresso?
Can you make banana bread with frozen bananas?
Sure. Well. Ish... I always thaw my frozen bananas when I am going to use them to bake.
I never bake from frozen as that effects the overall temperature of the recipe while in the oven and can create soft or soggy spots.
However, frozen bananas are perfect blended in smoothies, ice cream, and in slow cooker oatmeal right from the freezer.
What kind of instant espresso powder works best?
The first thing you need to know is, yes, you can use any kind of instant coffee powder. But not every instant coffee is the same. So if you really want to get the most coffee flavor into the bread, then I have a few I recommend.
Espresso powder should have that nice dark and earthy roasted taste, a little bit of bitterness, but not too much. Some espresso powders have a chalky flavor to them or just don’t taste strong enough.
The two that I recommend are Illy Classico Espresso Instant Espresso Powder, and the other is surprisingly King Biscuit Espresso powder. One you will find on the coffee aisle and the other is going to be found in the baking section.
That might sound a bit strange, but ground espresso bean powder is actually used in a wide variety of baked goods. Indeed, you can even use it in other things like sauces and dry rubs too.
“Cowboy” dry rub for ribeye steaks is phenomenal. So, even if you are not a coffee drinker, the stuff comes in handy.
How To Store Banana Bread
Espresso banana bread stores really well in the fridge and you can even store it for a couple months in the fridge no problem.
Wrap it up tightly in foil then cover that tightly in plastic wrap. Finally, pop it into a zip lock bag and put it in the fridge or freezer.
When you take it out, let it thaw and I recommend toasting a slice. Simply amazing.
Going Nutty With Espresso Banana Bread
You just couldn’t be satisfied with chocolate chips in the banana bread? The espresso didn’t wake you up to the potential of what you can do with ordinary banana bread either. It’s not me that’s nuts. It’s you.
Because for some folks… It just isn’t banana bread without nuts.
I get it. Not really, but I do understand and I am here to help. If you do want to add nuts to this recipe then by all means go for it. Let me just recommend hazelnuts. Hazelnuts have a long and cherished history of going well with coffee.
But you can do walnuts, pecans, or even almonds if you want. I think you’re nuts, but I mean that in a good way. Getting creative is never a bad thing. I just prefer banana bread without nuts.
Is Banana Bread Good For You?
Well that is a loaded question. It tastes great and makes you happy to eat so that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
On the negative side, it is full of sugar but bananas are basically sugar loaded starches that are high in fiber and vitamins and minerals like potassium. So it isn’t all bad by any stretch of the imagination.
So, yes, banana bread is not the best thing if you are on a very strict diet, or have issues with sugar. But you can always eat a smaller portion and enjoy it for what it is, a lovely and convenient bread for a snack or a dessert.
How to freeze bananas
Freezing bananas is a perfect way to not waste any almost expired bananas while storing up enough for future recipes.
- Slice the banana into rounds
- Arrange in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet
- Par freeze for 1 hour. (this helps them not stick together in one lumpy mess)
- Store in an airtight container and freeze completely.
Now that you know how to store those bananas! Try making these blueberry banana bread scones or even this crazy good (and totally simple) banana cake!
Quick breads are perfect for snacking on any time of day. For more ideas, check these out!
- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Coffee Cake
- Banana Peanut Butter Swirl Bread
- Caramel Frosted Zucchini Bread
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Espresso Banana Bread
- 4 frozen bananas - thawed and drained
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar - firmly packed
- ½ cup unsalted butter - softened
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- grease two 5x9" bread pans
- In the bowl of your stand mixer combine bananas, sugar, egg, milk and butter.
- With the paddle attachment, beat until smooth.
- in a separate bowl, stir together flour, espresso powder, salt, and baking soda.
- While mixer is running at lowest speed, slowly add dry ingredients.
- Mix until just combined
- fold in chocolate chips
- Distribute batter evenly between bread pans.
- Bake on center rack 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Remove pans from oven and let cool 15 minutes before turning loaves out onto a wire rack.
- Allow to cool 30 minutes more before slicing.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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Abbe@This is How I Cook says
Love this yummy take on banana bread! Sounds like a great slice!
Felice Geoghegan says
I would like to try this recipe but I don't see nuts listed as an ingredient or where to add them?
Ah! thanks for noting that, Felice! I toasted them and added them into the batter before dividing into the pans. I will add that instruction and update. 😀
Felice Geoghegan says
Mahalo nui loa!
Love a slice of good banana cake any day. These look so well done and perfect!