|Like a little slice of summer|
I believe this marks my third banana bread so far, this will be an ongoing trend as well. I always grab a bunch of bananas at the beginning of the week with best intentions, but part of me wonders if I don't let them go all brown and spotty because I subconsciously want to bake more banana breads. They're just that good. Banana bread almost guarantees a tender, moist, and cake-like crumb and an intoxicating aroma. That's taken up another notch in this recipe with the addition of creamy avocado and tart strawberries.
|The sight of success|
Adapted from the California Avocado Commission
Should your fruit basket contain a different variety of items, I imagine this recipe lends itself to any number of berries, It's the avocado banana blend that's the base recipe. Some chopped and toasted nuts wouldn't be unwelcome, either, and if it's an absolute must, you could probably substitute applesauce for the avocado.
1/3 c rolled oats
1c whole wheat pastry flour, +2 tbs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ripe avocado, split and cored
2 very ripe bananas
1c brown sugar
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
2 large eggs
1 to 1-1/2 c fresh strawberries, chopped (about 12-15 berries)
1/4 c buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 9x5" loaf pan, line the bottom with a slip of parchment paper, and butter the parchment, too.
In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. Toss the chopped strawberries with 2 tbs of flour in a small bowl and set aside.
Peel the bananas, spoon the avocado from its skin, and mash them together in a large bowl with a fork. Leaving some coarse chunks is perfectly acceptable behavior.
|Slips right out|
|California all around|
|Dredging the berries in flour keeps things juicy, but not too juicy|
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. The crust should be deeply bronzed and pulling away at the edges, the scent of bananas should be quite intense, and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out mostly clean, with only a few damp crumbs and no ooze of batter.
Yields about 12 slices. Cheers!