Saturday, May 7, 2011

Milk Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Banana Bread


Yes, that's right.

Milk chocolate  ~  Macadamia nuts   ~   Bananas.

Three things that belong together, forever, and ever....and ever.

This Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut Banana Bread is packed with flavour. I'm talking about cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper and vanilla, not to mention milk chocolate and roasted macadamia nuts (heaven!). I don't think I need to embellish. You are smart people - you can see that this combination is wildly delicious.

It's also made with two whole bananas and whole wheat flour.

Fruit & fiber. Done and done.


Before you go and make this loaf, which I know you will because it's absolutely incredible (and you need a quick breakfast to carry you over for this week, right?), first combine the milk and lemon juice because it needs to stand at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes.


This is a sort of substitute for buttermilk. Buttermilk doesn't actually contain any butter - traditionally, it's a by-product of making butter. Nowadays it is just cultured or fermented low-fat milk.

Adding bacterial cultures to the milk, as in sour cream and yogurt, serves to thicken it. This is because certain bacteria, called lactic acid bacteria, feed on lactose (milk sugars) and produce acidic compounds as they metabolize these sugars. As the acid is slowly released, it denatures the proteins in the milk causing them to bind together in a network that forms a gel-like structure. This results in a creamy, slightly thickened sour milk.


Now, adding lemon juice to milk will not give you the same smooth and creamy texture since we are adding it all at once, as opposed to the very slow release by bacterial cultures. So, don't be surprised when your milk starts to curdle and look a little chunky. It's all good.

Just make sure that as you pour in the lemon juice, stir gently and then leave it alone. The more you stir it afterwards, the more you will break up the structure.

Do not to skip the lemon juice though, because the acidity is necessary to react with the baking soda in this lovely recipe! That's kind of an order, but in a "I just want you to have a successful banana-bread-making experience" kind of way.

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18 comments:

  1. Macadamia nuts are so wonderful in baked goods - the extra fat is just beautiful and they simply melt with every bite.

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  2. I can easily get buttermilk so could I just use that in place of milk and lemon? Oh, and if a slice is for breakfast, can I eat the whole loaf for tea?
    Please and thank you -ive said the magic words!
    I heart you right back for this ;)

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  3. @claire You can definitely use buttermilk - and you can MOST definitely eat the whole loaf with your tea!

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  4. Pure heaven.....I never thought to toss in macadamia nuts...brilliant idea.

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  5. Great twist to usual banana bread! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  6. Oh wow, what a fantastic banana bread! I would definitely be reaching for this if it was on my table, looks absolutely to die for!

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  7. I don't drink tea, but I'll definitely eat the loaf with my coffee. It seems to me that the two are a match made in heaven. The bread looks fantastic. I'm glad you explained the necessity of using buttermilk, whether home-made or store bought so the interaction can happy. Fantastic post.

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  8. Wonderful bread. Yum! I want a bite right now with tea..

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  9. Fruit, fiber, chocolate - all good for you so it is a sign telling me to make this soon. This bread really does look delicious.

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  10. The banana bread looks great!

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  11. YUM! i have a vegan and gf banana bread recipe that's a hit with my fam but this is inspirational - will try tossing in some macadamias next time. :)

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  12. I love banana bread but the added chocolate is an awesome idea. Not a huge fan of macadamias but it's a great recipe nonetheless.

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  13. Oh that loaf is just beautiful!

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  14. yumm! this looks de-licious!! I always make the delicious tried & true secret recipe from our grandparents, but you have me tempted to try something new - you had me at macadamia nuts! :)

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  15. I like the idea of baked oatmeal - delicious!

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  16. This sounds fabulous! I would like to try it this weekend. what kind of vegetable oil can you use ... I don't like canola oil. Any other suggestions? Thanks!!!!

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  17. Loved this recipe, and will add it to my "Best macadamia Nut Recipes" blog over at Squidoo! I Used fresh Hawaii macadamia nuts for this recipe. I get mine from www.maunakeagold.com. In my opinion, Hawaii produces the best Mac Nuts!

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  18. I was just in Maui and did the "Road to Hana" and on the way there is a roadside market that sold the most incredible chocolate chip, macadamia nut bannana bread made with honey. It is a perfect combination. I make my own now and my friends love it.

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