Spiced Banana Bread Loaf - Jack Righteous

Spiced Banana Bread Loaf

  •  A delicious recipe for a comforting, spiced banana bread that combines traditional baking methods with flavorful ingredients.

Fun Facts:

  • The banana plant is considered an herb, and the banana itself is a berry.
  • Cinnamon has been valued for its medicinal properties for thousands of years and was once more valuable than gold.
  • Nutmeg is the seed of a fruit that resembles an apricot, and it has a long history as a valuable spice traded in ancient times.

Required Tools:

  • Standard loaf pan (9x5 inch)
  • Mixing bowls (large and medium)
  • Wooden spoon or electric mixer
  • Oven for baking
  • Fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth (for butter infusion)
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spatula

Required Ingredients:

  1. Bananas: 3 large, overripe
  2. Flour: 2 cups (all-purpose or gluten-free blend)
  3. Baking Soda: 1 teaspoon
  4. Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
  5. Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
  6. Nutmeg: 1/4 teaspoon
  7. Butter: 1/2 cup, unsalted
  8. Brown Sugar: 1 cup
  9. Eggs: 2, room temperature
  10. Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  11. Walnuts: 1/2 cup, toasted and chopped
  12. Dark Chocolate Chips: 3/4 cup

Before You Begin (Preparation Tips):

  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for better mixing.
  • Use overripe bananas for enhanced natural sweetness.
  • Toast walnuts to amplify their nutty flavor.

Day Before Preparation (scroll to end of article for details):

  • Banana Ripening: Enhance sweetness by oven-ripening bananas.
  • Spice Infusion in Butter: Infuse butter with cinnamon and nutmeg overnight (see separate guide).
  • Toasting Walnuts: Toast walnuts to enhance flavor.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Mash Bananas: Peel and mash the bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Sift Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, cream the infused butter with the brown sugar.
  5. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Combine with Bananas: Mix in the mashed bananas.
  7. Add Dry Ingredients: Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture using a spatula.
  8. Add Extras: Gently fold in toasted walnuts and chocolate chips.
  9. Bake: Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  10. Cooling: Let the bread cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

More Fun Facts:

  • Vanilla, derived from orchids, is the second most expensive spice after saffron due to the intensive labor required to grow the vanilla pods.
  • The process of making chocolate chips involves tempering chocolate to achieve the perfect texture and sheen.


  • This spiced banana bread recipe combines the sweet flavors of banana and chocolate with the warm, aromatic spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a perfect treat for any occasion.

Day Before Preparation:

  1. Banana Ripening (Oven Method):

    • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
    • Place unripe bananas on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until the skins are completely black. This process brings out the bananas' natural sugars, making them sweeter and perfect for baking.
  2. Spice Infusion in Butter:

    • Melt 1/2 cup of unsalted butter in a saucepan over low heat.
    • Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg to the melted butter.
    • Stir and heat for about 5 minutes to allow the spices to infuse into the butter.
    • Let it cool and store in the refrigerator overnight. Before using, bring it back to room temperature.
  3. Toasting Walnuts:

    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Spread 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer.
    • Toast in the oven for 5-8 minutes, checking frequently to prevent burning.
    • Let them cool before adding to the batter.

Post-Baking Requirements:

  • Let the banana bread cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store the banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or refrigerate for up to 7 days.
  • For longer storage, slice the bread and freeze it in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to 3 months.

Incorporating Banana Knowledge:

  • When selecting bananas for this recipe, aim for a bright yellow hue with just a hint of green, indicating a perfect balance of ripeness and sweetness.
  • Store unripe bananas at room temperature and ripe bananas in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life.
  • Remember, bananas are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and potassium, making them a healthy addition to your diet.

For more detailed information on bananas, including their nutritional benefits and best practices for storage, refer to Jack Righteous's comprehensive guide "All About Bananas" on their website. This guide offers valuable insights into selecting the perfect bananas for baking and enjoying them in various culinary creations.

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