Moist and soft, this Spelt Flour Banana Bread is very easy to prepare and requires only simple pantry ingredients. This healthier spin on traditional banana bread is equally indulgent and delicious.
Whole spelt flour is a fantastic base for banana bread, with its nutty flavor and a little more grain than white flour.
Why Do We Love Spelt Flour Banana Bread?
- Soft and moist
- Healthier recipe
- Simple preparation
- Adjustable ingredients
- No special equipment needed
- Dairy-free, Egg-free
Spelt Banana Bread – A Healthier Twist To Classic Favorite
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It’s spelt flour that makes this banana bread unique.
It is a type of whole flour that is much lighter than traditional whole grain flour. Spelt is a species of wheat, actually called ‘ancient grain’. It’s been known for ages, and recently re-discovered as a healthier alternative to white flour, and fluffier alternative to whole wheat flour.
It has a decent content of fiber and protein, slightly nutty flavor and adds more taste to whatever you bake with it.
Whole grains are in general better for you. Read more about spelt flour here.
Spelt flour can be easily swapped 1:1 with all purpose wheat flour.
Use really ripe bananas for the best sweet flavor and moist texture. The ones with brown dots or brown skin are the best, just make sure they are not spoiled.
PLANT MILK & LEMON JUICE
You can use any plant milk of your choice, but I like to use soy milk. It curdles and thickens nicely when you add lemon juice, creating Vegan Buttermilk, which is great ingredient in vegan baking. It makes the cake moist and
Canola oil is a great choice, as it’s the healthiest of vegetable oils. You can use any neutral cooking oil.
I like to use brown sugar or demerara, for this caramel flavor. You can substitute it 1:1 with any kind of sugar. If you want to use maple syrup or other liquid sweetener you would have to add 2 tablespoons flour more.
DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS OR CHUNKS
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How To Make Spelt Flour Banana Bread
MIX WET INGREDIENTS
I prefer to toss everything in the blender and quickly mix until combined.
You can also first mash bananas with a fork in a small bowl. Add all other liquid ingredients to mashed bananas and mix together until you have a smooth pulp.
MIX DRY INGREDIENTS
In a large bowl whisk spelt flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt.
COMBINE AND BAKE
In a bowl combine wet mixture and dry ingredients, and mix with a spoon just to combine. At this point fold in any optional additions like chocolate chips, chopped nuts or cranberries.
Place the batter in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper, decorate with nuts and slices of banana.
Bake in the oven preheated to 350°F / 180°C for 50-60 minutes. After 50 minute mark check the spelt flour banana bread with a skewer. If it comes out clean, the bread is ready.
Cool it to room temperature on a wire rack before slicing.
Overripe bananas are the key to success, as they produce really moist and sweet bread.
If they have dark spots or even when the whole skin is brown, they are perfect.
DON’T OVERMIX THE BATTER
For best results, we only want to mix it enough for the wet and dry ingredients to combine. Overmixing may result in gummy and tough bread. We do not want gluten to form, like in the regular bread. After all it’s only name, banana bread is more of a cake.
Questions & Answers
How To Store Spelt Flour Banana Bread?
Up to 2 days you can store it in an airtight container on the countertop. If you’re not going to eat it in 2 days (which is unlikely, as it’s really addictive) keep it in the fridge.
What Else Can I Add?
Here are some great ideas for add ins and decorations:
- Cranberries or raisins
- Chopped walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or almonds
- Chopped prunes or figs
- 1 tsp of cinnamon or gingerbread spice
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder (reduce flour by 1tbsp)
- Peanut butter or other nut butters
- Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Can I Make Spelt Banana Muffins?
Sure, great idea!
Just place the batter in the muffin trays and bake for around 20 – 25 minutes at 350°F / 180°C.
Is This Banana Bread Healthy?
Thanks to spelt flour, which is a whole grain this is a healthier twist to the traditional banana bread. Wholemeal spelt flour is a great source of fiber and very ripe bananas are rich in antioxidants. You can reduce the amount of brown sugar you add (or sub it with xylitol) if you want a super healthy version.