Cherry, Banana, Coconut Butter Bread.
Now we’re talking.
I think I should add FOOD to my list of inspiring workout tips. Some days, it’s just about the food, isn’t it?
Today you could slice the air with a knife. We get all kinds of sickening humidity in Southern Ontario. However, I say, when life gives you brown bananas, make banana bread.
I had a scheduled long run planned for today and as the clocked ticked it got hot, hot, hot. Morning workouts are really hard for me now because I am in the bakery around 6:30am and I am rushing to get out orders by noon. Getting up before 6 is not really an option since I am up until around 11pm most nights, so most of my workouts have been over lunchtime or in the evening! This makes for some sticky workouts in the summer I am finding.
As I went on my run tonight, this cooked in the oven…while I cooked outside.
Visions of sugarplums cherries danced in my head.
Some days, food just equals motivation. Wait, make that all days. VOO parfaits are what get me up in the morning!
- Distance: 3.5 miles
- Time: 30:06
- Avg Pace: 8:35 min/mile
- Avg heart rate: 161 bpm
- Max Heart rate: 178 bpm
- Mile 1: 8:48
- Mile 2: 5:20
- Mile 3: 9:01
- Mile 3-3.5: 4:01 (GET HOME TO BANANA BREAD!)
PS- Mile 2 is a joke! I am just checking if you are reading this and not glazed over at the eyes in a heaping puddle of drool right now. :tongue: Mile 2 was actually 8:14!
I also have to ask you, Does it count as a long run if the run FELT really long? I say yes!!!!
All that mattered was this…
I was pretty much the happiest girl alive during the moment this bread touched my lips.
Not only is this bread everything I hoped it would be, but it was also the perfect post run snack and it didn’t need any Earth Balance spread. It was moist and dense but not overwhelmingly sweet.
Summertime Cherry, Banana, Coconut Butter Bread
I wanted to make a tropical and moist healthy vegan banana bread that would be perfect for summer. I adapted this recipe from my Tropical Balmy Bliss Spelt Muffins. If you are a fan of dense sweet breads you will love this recipe. This is not a light and fluffy bread!
- 1 cup + 3/4 cup of whole grain spelt flour
- 1.5 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (I use aluminum-free)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp ground ginger + 1/4 tsp nutmeg OR 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 4 small bananas or 3.5 medium ones
- 2 tbsp coconut butter (Warmed slightly)
- 3 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1/2 cup pure Canadian maple syrup (I use Medium/#2 grade)
- 6-8 Cherries, pitted and chopped, for garnish
- unsweetened coconut, for garnish
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350F. Take the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, spices, chia seeds) and whisk in a large bowl. In a small cup, place 2 tbsp of coconut butter in the microwave for just 10-15 seconds to warm. In a medium sized bowl, add the wet ingredients (banana, coconut butter, maple syrup, sunflower oil), reserving 1 small banana or 1/2 a medium banana for later, and mix very well, making sure to break up the clumps of coconut butter. Now take the banana you set aside and chop into 1 inch chunks. Stir into the wet ingredients. Now add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until the flour is incorporated. Try not to overmix as spelt flour can become tough with too much mixing. Pour the batter into a pre-greased loaf pan. Take your pitted and chopped cherries and add them on top. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until golden brown. Note: My loaf fell a bit in the centre and wasn’t cooked in the centre, so next time I might cook it longer at a lower temp (perhaps 325F for 60-70 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
Possible substitution ideas:
- Sub Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Sunflower Oil
- Sub whole wheat or white flour for spelt flour
- Sub ground flax for chia seeds
- You could also add in pecans or walnuts! I made it without, but they would add a nice crunch!
I think the coconut butter was the WOW factor in this bread. While the bread did not have a distinct coconut flavour, it was moist, buttery, and luxurious! I am in LOVE! :heart:
I will be making this again and again and again. Possibly for the market on Saturday!?
So what did the man of the house have to say?
“I think this is the best sweet bread you have ever made, but I’m not positive I remember all of them.”
Can you handle him?
He also said, “If you ever made a banana bread with chocolate chips then that was probably my favourite, but if not, then this is my favourite.”
He kills me, he really kills me.
In conclusion: Make this bread. Stuff your face with a slice of it after a very hard, sweaty run. If you love moist, delicious, dense, and super healthy sweet bread you will love this summertime snack!
Tonight’s question: Does food ever inspire you during a workout? What food could inspire you to workout on those days when nothing else could?
Have a great night! I’m off to go freeze half of this loaf before I eat it all. :biggrin:
I just stared at that 5:20 mile with my mouth open for about 2 minutes before reading on, too funny!! I think food motivates EVERYTHING I do, and yes that definitely includes running. If it weren’t for extravagant VOO breakfasts I would never make it through my runs :)
hahaha sorry I feel bad now!
I think I would marry this bread…if possible haha. Looks DIVINE!!!!
That recipe looks great! Now I will have something new to do with all the banana’s I get from work! :P Thank you for sharing! And I’m with you, today when I ran up the longest hill I have ever seen (or it seemed like it was at the time), all I could think of was. Sandwich. big. sandwich.
Yes the bread looks awesome. And I must thank you. I look forward to the overnight oats layered with the banana soft serve almost every morning. never looked forward to breakfast before. <3
I’m glad you enjoy them :)
mmm that looks so good! You are a baking genius girl!
I love how excited you are…I could feel you JUMPing with joy about this bread!! It sounds amazing. I used to make breads all the time but haven’t in FORever. I must get on that! :) Loved the photo of you passed out on the couch in the last post too! hehe
HAHAHA enter: bate
seriously- you crack me UP! I feel like your food would taste so good because you put so much excitement into it!! I think If i ever come to canada i would have to have you cook me your wonderful goodies!
yummy!! i have delish gluten free banana bread i have been making religiously for the past while..it is a fave! this’ll be a new one to try!(oh, my tried and true banana bread has choc chips in it! Eric would love!)
but quick sub. Q , can you use coconut oil instead of butter or no?? i do not have coconut butter and it can be pricey….
As for food motivation- I have trouble eating before a run ( i can’t eat or drink at min. an hr . before or i risk crampy stitchyness!!!) but food motivation during a workout..i’d have to say i don’t crave too much while i run!! i don’t get too hungry immediately after a run..but a while later…i could eat a horse!
I think the coocnut oil might make the bread too oily…if you did make that sub I would leave out the sunflower oil probably. The coconut butter does really make the bread come alive though. Perhaps you could make some homemade coconut butter? http://ohsheglows.com/2010/06/22/homemade-coconut-butter/
HOLY MOLY!!! This looks freaking unbelievable! I get just as excited as you about food…especially great genius creations such as this. Definitely motivates me!!
I think that pre-workout snacks are what motivate me most, after I’ve eaten them. The longer I go after eating it without working out, the more guilty I get until I just do it. Then I feel better :D Your bread looks absolutely so delicious! It looks nice and dimply on top from the cherries :D
This recipe is so amazing! But what else is new, yours are always like this.
I think I’ll make this bread for me and my mom, when we’ll be going to an island for a vacation. It looks perfect for a post-swim snack
That bread looks INCREDIBLE! Food definetly inspires my workouts – I always work that little bit harder if I know I’m going out for a fancy meal or something :)
heck yes food gets me through a workout! i LOVE the sound of this bread esp since I have been on a cherry kick lately! when I workout in the AM i usually have something smal like a half of a banana but then a real delicious breakfast afterwards and I always look forward to it! (usually oats!)
this looks amazinggggg!!
Unfortunately, food is my motivation for most things…including getting out of bed!
Because I run at dawn without eating anything beforehand (tummy troubles mean that I can’t handle food until a good few hours after getting up) I’m a hungry hungry hippo when I get back home. I love to run anyway, but I won’t lie: the last half I’m always planning my breakfast and dreaming of a huuuuge bowl of protein quinoa/protein based GM/cereal and a protein shake. I’m obsessed with Sun Warrior Rice Protein so I’d say that motivates me to work out no matter what.
I do have problems with using huge meals as a reward and then overstuffing myself as a result though. It’s something I struggle with a lot, particularly in terms of guilt over how much I can eat/overeat. It’s a work in progress.
You’re a star for still running after such a busy day and in such intense heat!
I need to try the sun warrior protein!
Holy bread, batman!!! That looks fantastic!
This looks amazing. Banana bread is my favorite type of dessert/breakfast (okay ANYTIME) bread. Your additions sound absolutely amazing!
That bread looks amazing! I’ve made lots of sweetbreads (and muffins) as well, I love how you can add what you want or have on hand and make something new and delicious! I’d love to make one with cherries.
ohhhhhhhhhh my!! this looks delish!!! yum!
Oh my gosh I need this bread in my life!!! And this absolutely justifies going out to spend $15 on Artisana Coconut Butter just so that I can make it!
WOW this looks delicious. Don’t freeze it before Wednesday, I want to try it! :P
Sometimes I motivate myself by saying I can have Booster Juice after a workout. And that bread looks delicious!
I wasn’t paying attention to your times. I was fixated on that drool-worthy bread of yours!
Oh man…that looks awesome! I don’t have coconut butter…do you think coconut oil would work instead?
Haha, food is always at the time of my workout motivation list!
I use food as a motivator to work out all the time! Funny thing is, after an intense workout where I did nothing but sweat and dream of oatmeal banana pancakes (or something equally scrumtious), I often return home without an appitite. Win-win, right? :)
I can’t remember food inspiring me much during a workout in awhile, but I do always get excited to eat after a workout. Something so satisfying in that moment. LOL That bread looks good. I wonder what other fruit would work well in it. I’m not a HUGE cherry fan.
Hahah I love Eric’s comments! That looks great – it would make me run faster too! Since I work out early in the morning, I usually look forward to enormous Green Monsters when I get home. That – and overnight oats if I’ve prepped them the night before!
OH WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! Going to make this bread ASAP!
thanks for this recipe! i was actually trying to figure out what to do with 2 frozen bananas just last night. i HATE bananas (no clue how they ended up in my freezer or how long they’ve been there…) so this will be perfect!
Mmmm that bread looks sooooo good! I was thinking about what you said about not being able to run in the mornings because you’re up late most nights. I’m a night owl by nature, so I can definitely relate. However, I was also having a hard time working out later in the day because of the heat (and crowds at the gym). Finally, I decided to shift my entire schedule by a couple of hours. Where I used to get up at 6:30 and go to bed at 11:30, I now get up at 5 and go down at 10. It took a while to get into, but it’s become my regular routine now. And I find that because I get my workout done first thing in the morning, I a) have more energy and get more done in a day, and b) actually have more time in the evening because I’m only changing/travelling/showering once in a day (we’re only talking about 30 minutes or so, but that adds up!) Something to consider ;)
I tried that in the past too, but it didn’t work because I wanted to be on the same schedule as Eric. He doesnt get home from work until very late, so we only have a few hours to spend together each day!
DROOLING has commenced! way to have some self-control on freezing half of the loaf, i would have probably stuffed it in my face :)
oh.my.word…that bread looks like heaven!!
The bread looks great! I think I might make some today but I will have to make some substitutions. What do you think you could use instead of coconut butter? Would a nut butter work?
yes I think nut butter would work…awesome idea!
I just made a loaf with substitutions: natural peanut butter, ground flax, evoo, and regular flour since that’s what I had in the kitchen. It’s in the oven now! The batter was really yummy so I’m sure the bread will be too! ;)
mmm sounds awesome!
I work out in the morning. When the going gets tough I dream of what to have for breakfast when I get home. Today it was a wheat bagel with mashed banana, maple almond butter and cinnamon. THAT kinda brekkie inspires me to keep pushing on!
That loaf looks RIDICULOUSLY yummy!! I need to make it asap… will any type of gf flour work? buckwheat, sorghum, brown rice? my hubby bought a half loaf of banana bread the other day, and I was SO jealous of it (of course it was not gf, so he didn’t have to share!)… I definitely deserve to make this loaf of yours :)
im not sure about the other types of flour, might be worth a shot.
hi…good thing i have some banana bread left over with me :)
that just looks so delicious :)
Mmm…sounds and Looks amazing!
My mouth is salivating as I read this blog…..bwwwaaahhhhh! I am in love I believe with this good looking bread. Gonna have to make this ASAP!!! I have a huge bag of fresh cherries, the only way I will eat them, so there you go, just gotta figure out how to get that coconut butter. Ahhh, I know, I’ll make homemade coconut butter…yea that’s the ticket!
Hmmm, I’m with Michelle on Will Run For BEER! LOL! On a more serious note, you have gotten me hooked on juicing, so that is what I think about when I do my long runs on Saturday early morning with my group. I pre-cut my veggies for my juice and just remember how colorful they looked the night before and how delish they will be going down. My AM runs during the week, I usually do not fuel up as I am out the door at 5am, I just look forward to my breakfast once I get to my office. Yummy, usually VOO or a green monster! Yahooo!
Now, I just printed off the recipe for this bread and that shall be my dessert this weekend!
dang, I am definitely an engineer. I sat there for at least 2 miuntes trying to figure out how those splits came out to a ~8:30 min pace. Haha, I was like, “wow, that’s obviously a typo!” ….and then I kept reading. nerd alert.
Do you know if you can use coconut oil in place of coconut butter in baking? I know they are different (I looked it up and was disappointed to see that they were!) but I was just wanted to know your opinion as well! I really want to make this bread, but alas, I have lots of coconut oil begging to be used, and no coconut butter…
Okay, I see you’ve already answered this already in someone else’s comment! Nevermind :)
This is currently in the oven, I think I made a mistake!
For the wet ingredients I was supposed to mush the banana before I incorporated it in the dry ingredients right? doh!
Because I cut it into chunks instead, t’was an early morning for me. I am bringing this dish to work. In the directions it said to mush the coconut butter, maybe you meant banana?
Can’t wait to try it either way, I’ll just be getting more chunks of banana! :)
Angela! it still came out great! yum!
I am making this bread now! I used coconut oil instead of coconut butter, so I hope it comes out!!
I have to tell you, I have been dreaming about this bread! I need to make it soon. My husband officially thinks I have lost my mind when I said I was dreaming about this bread I saw on Oh She Glows! I’m buying the stuff and making it this weekend!
I really want to make this, but I can’t afford to use that much maple syrup. If I used sugar instead, would I have to add more liquid or, say, soy yogurt in place of the maple syrup to make up the moistness?
I just made this tonight! It’s not quite as dense and moist as yours is.. I ended up cutting the maple syrup (I used honey) by more than half, because my bananas were SUPER ripe. I also used Cacao Bliss (which has agave) in place of the coconut butter. My last substitution was a tablespoon of ground flax in place of the chia seeds. Do you think the lack of honey/maple syrup caused it to be a bit drier or the flax?
Hmm did you use spelt flour? I have heard of a couple ppl who used whole wheat and it turned out drier. My guess is that it would have been due to cutting the maple syrup (or in your case honey) in half. Perhaps you would also have to reduce the cooking time when making those adjustments (cook it for less time?).
I tried out your recipe for Cherry Banana Bread this weekend and it was fabulous. I thought you might be interested in some changes I made:
I left out the oil (since I try to cook as fat free as possible), though I did use the coconut butter (which I made myself…great idea of yours!!!).
I also modified the baking soda and baking powder amounts to 3/4 tsps each and mashed up all the bananas with a potato masher.
I added a lot more cherries to the batter: scooping half of the batter into the bread pan, layering in some pitted cherries; scooping the other half over and arranging pitted cherries on top.
The bread was fabulous and not gooey in the least. Great Recipe!
this bread is great! I have made it 2 times now, and thought you might be interested in a substitution I made: We have a similar cake/bread recipe in our family (cherry-cinnamon-cake) and it becomes extra moist and light at the same time by subsituting half of the flour with rolled oats! So that’s what I did, and the bread turned out fabolous. And because I’ve read that some people have been wondering about other types of flour: I had to use whole wheat flour, and if you do that you need to add quite a bit of liquid (apple sauce/water/milk) and reduce the baking time.
I made this the other day and it was the most delicious thing ever! Thanks a million for the recipe, love it!
Hi, this recipe looks fantabulous and I am excited to try it! Could I sub the coconut butter for something else if I needed to though? Also, what other recipes would you recommend for freezing. I am having a baby in October and need to get on the freeze train! :o) Thanks!
Hi Angela, just wondering if I can sub the sunflower oil for another oil and if so which one ( i have oile, grape seed, canola) and do the chia seeds need to be in powder or whole ( i heard when you put them in poder it releases more proteins…)
Thanks! it looks great! can’t wait to make it!
Hi Gen, you could sub canola and grapeseed probably (I havent used grapeseed oil but I heard it’s light in flavour?) I use whole chia seeds, but either should work.