Archive | July, 2015

Double batch Banana Bread with Chia Seeds

8 Jul

this is the second time I’ve made banana bread with Chia seeds. The first time worked out so well I thought I’d try it again when I noticed I had four over ripe bananas that needed to be eaten. This time since there were four, I made a double batch, and split half “plain” chia seeds, the second I folded in extra fruits and nuts the way I like it, lol.
So for the base recipe, I again used the Betty Crocker a Picture Cook Book in the binder. The recipe is the “Fruit Bread” key recipe on page 81. I pretty much followed the recipe, just doubled it and used the chia seeds in place of nuts. The only other thing I switched out was instead of 4 tablespoons of buttermilk, I added 3 tablespoons of skim milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. And I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract, just cause, lol.
So here are the ingredients;


2/3 cup sugar (half what the original called for, but plenty)

2/3 cup shortening

4 eggs
Stir in:

5 Tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cups mashed banana (I used four medium sized ones)
In a separate bowl, sift together:

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon*

1 teaspoon salt (I actually probably added about half this)
Blend together and fold in:

1 cup Chia Seeds
Divide in half and pour into two well greased 9x5x3 inch bread pans. Bake at 350• for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Honestly I divided the batter a little heavy on the “plain” side, and added around a cupful of chopped mixed nuts and fruit (candied ginger, cranberries, strawberries and blueberries, plus almonds and hazelnuts). I like the fruits and nuts better myself, so the second loaf is kind of mostly for me, lol.
The Chia seeds act a little like poppy seeds in the bread, giving it a really nice sweet crunchy texture. This would be just as good like w traditional poppy seed bread with either lemon or almond extract rather than the vanilla.
*a few notes on my “cinnamon”… Really this is a mix of fresh ground cinnamon, allspice berries, clove and nutmeg. I love this mix of spices, and usually use it anywhere it calls for cinnamon, which truthfully the key recipe doesn’t, lol. I just like banana bread with a little spice. Omit if you want a cleaner more banana flavored bread.

So yeah, I guess I made a couple of changes to the key recipe, lol.