This weekend, we have been baking and it’s something that we have decided to do more often now that the weather is getting cooler. This is something that we enjoy doing as a family. We bake thinking about that would be easy to take as a snack to eat at school or even at work.
A good banana loaf is always on the top of our list to bake. We always have overripe bananas and we all enjoy the rich flavor. We also baked some granola oatmeal cookies. The family loves them and again, they are easy to pack in their lunch box.
This time, Rodrigo wanted to make the banana loaf. I really was worried about the mess he was going to make especially because this recipe only requires one bowl. So before adding all the ingredients into that bowl we start by laying them out on the counter.
It’s not always that he wants to help out baking or cooking. But when he gets into it, I would never discourage him in helping out. It’s so much fun and it’s educational.
In this recipe we would usually fold in the chocolate chips into the batter. This time Rodrigo asked us to make a design using the chocolate chips. Being said, we melted the chocolate over simmering water. The chocolate doesn’t burn because it’s not on contact with the heat. These are the things that Rodrigo loves to learn. He believes that baking is a science.
We swirled the melted chocolate over the batter and then we used a toothpick to go through the chocolate swirl. Of course, while the loaf was cooking the chocolate blends into the banana mixture and that is why the inside of the loaf is darker than usual.
As we mentioned before, we also baked some granola oatmeal cookies. So we grabbed a few of them and we made a crumble out of them using the food processor. What an awesome texture that was add to the loaf. It was really good! We truly recommend making the crumble but you are free to choose not to. If you do decide to add it to the banana loaf, I added the link at the bottom of the post.
Don’t miss out on the recipe from our last post, apple crisp all-butter pie crust. It is so good especially if you drizzle some maple syrup over each slice. My husband prefers to mix caramel into a spoon of sour cream and serve it on the side. It is delicious!
Well we hope you enjoy this Banana Caramel Granola Crumble Loaf as much as we did. Looking at the size of it, and who good it smells, it won’t last the week.
Banana Caramel Granola Crumble Loaf| 1 loaf
- 3 overripe bananas
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1/3cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup caramel syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ all-purpose flour
- 1/4 semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- 4 Chocolate Chip Raisin Granola Oatmeal Cookies
- Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350F and line parchment paper in a 9 inch cake pan or loaf pan.
- Step 2 In a large bowl, mash the overripe bananas with a fork until smooth.
- Step 3 Whisk in the eggs and the oil. Whisk in the brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Add in the baking soda, the salt, and the cinnamon. Stir until all combined. Sprinkle in the flour and fold gently a few times until combined.
- Step 4 Melt the chocolate chips in bain marie.
- Step 5 In a food processor on medium speed grind the granola cookies until they are crumbly.
- Step 6 Place the crumbles into the prepared loaf pan. Pour the batter over the granola crumble. Swirl the melted chocolate over the banana mixture and with a toothpick make a design.
- Step 7 Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Step 8 Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving.