Easy to Make Moist Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Graham Cracker Nut Crust

Delicious, moist and crusty!
Delicious, moist and crusty! | Source

Banana bread is a simple and tasty snack to make. It's also cheap and appeals to most finicky kids. The best part? When executed correctly, this simple bread makes you look like a seasoned pro!

Of course, basic banana bread is a great place to start, but if you want to push the flavor horizon, try this recipe for Moist Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Graham Cracker Nut Crust.

This moist bread is borderline cake/bread pudding, and with the addition of butterscotch chips or any of the other suggestions below, it will keep them coming back for more!

Ingredients

Here is what you will need:

-2 ripe bananas. This is a tough one to work around. If the bananas are not ripe enough, the flavor suffers a bit. However, NO all brown, leaking bananas.

-1 1/3 cups all purpose flour. You can also use whole wheat or whole grain flour, but I suggest they be used in conjunction with all purpose flour. For example, half all purpose and half whole wheat.

-2 eggs, preferably at room temperature, but it's not vital.

-1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature (I take it from the 'fridge and microwave it for 30 seconds when I don't have time to wait.)

-1 1/3 cups refined sugar.

-1/4-1/2 cup plain yogurt. 1/4 is perfect for a moist bread; 1/2 pushes it towards a bread pudding consistency.

-1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

-3/4 teaspoon salt

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1 teaspoon baking powder

-1/4 cup butterscotch chips, Heath bar chunks, white chocolate chips and/or chopped macadamia nuts. (I've even used mini marshmallows in this and the kids loved it!)

For the topping/crust:

-3-4 graham cracker squares

-handful of preferred nuts (my favorites: cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds. Use at least two)

- ~2-3 tablespoons brown sugar.


The result of whipping sugar and butter together. Make it light and fluffy.
The result of whipping sugar and butter together. Make it light and fluffy. | Source
Last step! Mix in the butterscotch chips. Macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips and heath bar chunks are great alternatives.
Last step! Mix in the butterscotch chips. Macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips and heath bar chunks are great alternatives. | Source

Preparation

Ideally, have three mixing bowls available, a spatula, and a wire whisk.

-Preheat the oven to 355 degrees

-Grease a bread loaf pan or use parchment paper. This recipe will fill three mini loaf pans or rounds as shown. Parchment paper is recommended for these.

-Mix the butter and sugar. Start by whipping the butter until creamy, then add the sugar in parts. Mix and whip until lightened and somewhat fluffy.

-Add the vanilla extract to this same bowl and mix in.

-Add the eggs one at a time, beating into the mixture as you go.

In a separate bowl:

-Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.

In another bowl:

Puree bananas. They should be ripe enough to smash and mix with a fork.

Then:

-Add flour mixture to sugar, eggs, etc. mixture in three parts. Mix with a spatula as you go. Incorporate the dry ingredients thoroughly.

-Add pureed bananas and mix in thoroughly.

-Add yogurt and mix thoroughly.

-Add butterscotch chips or preferred alternative and mix.

Pour batter into loaf pan. The mixture should fill to below the top level of the pan. The ideal height would be 3/4 full.

Topping:

Muddle your graham crackers, brown sugar and nuts in a mortar and pestle (or food processor if you have to) until mixed together and to desired consistency. I prefer a fine crust with some random 'gravel.'


The finished product. Fills a standard size bread loaf pan or makes three mini 'cakes' as shown here.
The finished product. Fills a standard size bread loaf pan or makes three mini 'cakes' as shown here. | Source

Finish

Bake the bread on the top rack of the oven for 50-55 minutes. After 50, check with a toothpick or skewer for doneness. If it comes out clean, the bread is finished. For a crunchier crust, take the finished bread out, let the oven heat up to 'broil' and bake the bread for about 2-3 minutes longer. Keep a close eye on it!

Let the bread cool for about thirty minutes, or spoon up slices while warm with ice cream or milk. Cover with plastic wrap and enjoy for days!

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Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

I have been making banana bread for years, and my family love it, but I've never thought of adding extra bits like butterscotch chips - what a good idea!

One question - I'm from England and we don't get Graham crackers here (that I know of), could you tell me what they are please so that I can look for an equivalent.

thanks, Imogen ;)


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MosLadder 5 years ago from Irvine, CA Author

Hi Imogen! Thanks for stopping by! Graham crackers are the square flaky/sweet crackers used for S'mores, light to medium brown in color. An equivalent, hmmm,I'm not sure but perhaps tea crackers? I hope that is the correct term. Cheers!


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pearlydean 5 years ago from Derby, UK

Yes I might try making this and surprise my wife as she is the baker in our house!


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MosLadder 5 years ago from Irvine, CA Author

Pearlydean, you can definitely handle this, I specialize in easy. Hope she loves it, Cheers!


SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

Looks more like dessert than bread! Fabulous. I'll have to try it sometime. Voted up and interesting!


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MosLadder 5 years ago from Irvine, CA Author

Thanks! Yes, it's a bit decadent, but tasty!


Derdriu 5 years ago

MosLadder: It's really delicious at pudding consistency as well as with half all purpose and half whole wheat flour and mixed butterscotch, macadamia and white chocolate and almonds, cashews, pecans and walnuts. Next time, I may try just one of the chips and any two of the nuts, but maybe not since the mix is scrumptious.

Thank you for sharing your culinary talents, voted up, etc.,

Derdriu


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MosLadder 5 years ago from Irvine, CA Author

Nice Derdriu! That's the spirit, be creative and create something wild! Glad you liked it. Cheers!


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

MosLadder, the kitchen is certainly not my best friend, except for some few survival occasions...

I have been at it in trying to make some bread. Simple bread, you know, no cook on this side of the monitor.

I will be printing this one out, and letting you know in a full report. Might be a hub entitled "Mo's Bread"

Of course voted up and awesome! and thank you very much for your mail! :-D


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MosLadder 4 years ago from Irvine, CA Author

CrazyGata, simple is the only way to go. Hmmm, you've got me thinking now, "Mo's Bread." I like it, we could be starting a trend here. CrazyGata cookies, Mariposa muffins. Oy vey, time to sleep. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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