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Bananas Foster Bread

Jake brought home some browning bananas from somewhere and nudged, "what do you think about making some banana bread tonight?" Am I really that predictable?!? I suppose I am. Bring me ingredients and, voilà, something tasty appears on the table.

I wanted to make something a little bit different than my usual banana bread. While I was flipping through a few cookbooks for inspiration, I came across a recipe for bourbon banana bread. Then I dug through my liquor cabinet and came up with dark rum, but no bourbon. It hit me: bananas foster...bread!

For those who aren't familiar with that delectable dessert, bananas foster is a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with the sauce made from butter, brown sugar, and dark rum. The butter, sugar and bananas are cooked, and then the alcohol is added and flamboyantly ignited. It's a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.

1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
3 T canola oil
2 eggs
1 C organic turbinado sugar
1 T molasses
3 T dark rum
4 mashed, ripe bananas
1 t baking soda
1-1/2 C white whole wheat flour
1/2 C sorghum flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all but the last three ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well-blended. Gently fold in the flour and baking soda. Spoon batter into buttered loaf pans. Bake for approximately 60-75 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert and complete cooling on a wire rack.

Serve with a strong coffee or a shot of rum!


  1. Wow. I have seen many many variations of banana bread. Peanut butter, chocolate, nutella, cheesecake... All more delicious than the last. But never have I seen a banana bread incorporating rum.

    This one clearly wins. Ha. Thank you, so much, for sharing this recipe with the world.

    Sorry I haven't commented in so long! I have kind of fallen off the blogosphere this summer but, I still have been following and still love your recipes and will be a more devoted follower starting now!

    Thanks for always posting such awesome pieces :)


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