Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread

November 24, 2016
Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread - Everything you'd ever want in this classic loaf and more. A sweet, nutty, & supremely moist banana bread, topped with a decadent yogurt-espresso spread

“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” ~ Charlie Brown

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On the sofa where I sit .. cross-legged .. under my favorite blanket:  glasses .. a cookbook .. the puppies softly snoring .. scattered like throw-pillows on the living room floor .. a kitty purring at my side.

Even though it's after midnight .. there are more than a few lights burning in kitchen windows up and down the street. I wonder what's on their holiday menus

Down the hall .. I hear the faint rustling of my husband as he winds down with a glass of wine and a good book. He's spent the first of two long days .. volunteering in the kitchen at Food at First.  A place near and dear to our hearts .. where today they're expecting to feed 600(!)

Thanksgiving dinner

How I love this time of year. The reminder to pause .. and to count our blessings .. because there are so many things in our lives

to be thankful for

Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread - Everything you'd ever want in this classic loaf and more. A sweet, nutty, & supremely moist banana bread, topped with a decadent yogurt-espresso spread

my brother's pie

reading a good book in a warm bed

handwritten notes in an old cookbook

eggs from our neighbor's chickens  (I'd never known yolks could be so yellow)

all-day pajamas

my husband .. who's always willing to take a walk to the grocery for something I've forgotten .. no matter the hour

hot apple cider

the most beautiful fall I can remember

running into an old friend at the grocery

a virtual assistant and friend .. who's made my life infinitely easier

Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread - Everything you'd ever want in this classic loaf and more. A sweet, nutty, & supremely moist banana bread, topped with a decadent yogurt-espresso spread

Sally .. who's always getting the hiccups .. hates tags .. and smiles with her whole face

sweater weather

dark nail polish

sunday morning pancakes

first birthday parties

cooking magazines in November

Thanksgiving leftovers

Spaghetti Saturdays and the gift of friendship

the book on my nightstand .. a gift from my son

potty-trained puppies

Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread - Everything you'd ever want in this classic loaf and more. A sweet, nutty, & supremely moist banana bread, topped with a decadent yogurt-espresso spread

Harry .. who eats from the litter box (leave it!) .. barks in his sleep .. and keeps our feet warm at night

podcasts

big gardens and the trunk of my car filled with kale

long holiday weekends

a day with nothing on the calendar

board game dates with my husband

stuffing

a big pot of soup on the stove-top

perspective

moonlight through our bedroom window

Super Moon - November 13, 2016

Super Moon – November 13, 2016

Z .. who dodges scary kitty cats .. dreams of walks at the park .. and never forgets to snuggle

cookie exchange invites

long afternoon walks

weekend road trips

this little site .. for all it's taught me .. and the incredible people who've come into my life because of it

for all of you .. who take a few minutes out of your busy weeks to stop by .. read .. and often times say “hi”

I wish for you and the many faces you love .. Happy Thanksgiving

Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread - Everything you'd ever want in this classic loaf and more. A sweet, nutty, & supremely moist banana bread, topped with a decadent yogurt-espresso spread

While the day may be filled with turkey .. mashed potatoes .. and cranberries .. a little something to have on-hand .. as either a grab-and-go breakfast .. or a quick snack .. could never be wrong

I hadn't made banana bread for quite some time .. that is until I noticed this version in November's Bon Appetit. A bit more involved then a classic recipe might be .. but well worth the effort. Producing a sweet, nutty, and supremely moist loaf

It's everything you could ever want in a classic quick bread.

Banana bread has always felt a bit like the kitchen sink of recipes. If you'd like to dress it up (beyond the yogurt-espresso spread) .. a cup or so of toasted nuts would easily do the trick. Partial to chocolate? Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Can't decide? Experiment with up to 1 cup total of any combination of nuts and chocolate.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread - Everything you'd ever want in this classic loaf and more. A sweet, nutty, & supremely moist banana bread, topped with a decadent yogurt-espresso spread

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~ Adapted from Bon Appetit

Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread

Ingredients

  • Buckwheat Banana Bread
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour or whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten to blend
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon optional
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt

  • Yogurt-Espresso Spread
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Pinch of fine grain sea salt
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder + a little more for dusting

Instructions

  • Buckwheat Banana Bread
  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare a loaf pan with a smear of butter, then line with parchment, letting it hang over on both of the longer sides.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flours, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder
  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas and brown sugar until virtually no lumps of banana remain and the brown sugar have dissolved.
  • Mix in the eggs, oil, bourbon (if using), and sour cream.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix in with a rubber spatula.
  • Scrape the batter into a prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake the bread until the top springs back when gently pressed and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean (~ 55–65 minutes)
  • Transfer pan to a wire rack and allow the bread to cool in the pan for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the bread out onto a rack and let cool completely

  • Yogurt-Espresso Spread
  • In a large bowl, whisk the cream cheese, yogurt, and sea salt until no lumps remain.
  • Sift the powdered sugar through a fine-mesh sieve into the bowl and whisk vigorously to combine, then stir in espresso powder.
Serves: 12
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 252
Total Fat 10.24g
Carbohydrates 37.66g
Sugars 22.39g
Protein 3.63g
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1 Comment

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    This really puts things into perspective for me. I have been quite down this week but I should be grateful for what I have when so many don’t have as much x

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