Black sesame butter bread made with black sesame seed butter and bananas with a touch of cacao. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and naturally sweet!
Long time no talk.
I’ve been feeling a little short on words lately, as if my communication is congruent with the darkening days.
The winter solstice is this Saturday– the darkest day of the year.
I know this because I googled it and I googled it because I still use natural lights for all of my photoshoots.
So the darker earlier days really rains on my food photography parade, you know?
I also know this because I have a 90-min Winter Solstice Yoga Flow class on Thursday night where we do 108 sun salutations to welcome winter with warmth.
Anyway, you haven’t missed a whole lot behind the scenes.
Yoga teacher training and photoshoots keeps me busy during the day and in the evenings I cozy up and watch Christmas movies on Netflix.
In fact, I think I’ve watched more Christmas movies this year than any other year on record.
They’ve got a lot going for them: they always have happy endings and the soundtrack is all Christmas music.
This Black Sesame Butter Banana Bread also has a lot going for it.
It’s made in 1-bowl with less than ten ingredients for a decadent dessert or breakfast bread that’s vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and naturally sweet!
Have you gotten any wintry weather near you yet this season?
This past week we got our first snow in Virginia.
It didn’t really stick or accumulate; just a little dust and slush on the driveway and gas.
But the flurries were enough to inspire me to turn on the oven and bake bread.
What else do you do on a wanna-be snow day?
If you’ve never tried it, this creamy rich black sesame paste is packed with healthy fats.
Each jar is filled with black sesame seed, whole, organic, dry roasted, and ground to a deliciously smooth ‘nut butter’.
Black sesame butter is a great dip or spread for breads, toast, crackers, muffins, and rice cakes.
I love using it in baked goods for a dark decadent appeal.
When I first had the idea for a black sesame butter bread it didn’t have bananas involved.
But what better way to spruce up a moody brooding bread than with some bright banana intrigue?
I used up the spotty bananas on my counter to sweeten this black sesame bread naturally.
Black sesame and banana not only sound good together, but also taste good together.
You’re going to love the flavor of mildly sweet and tangy black sesame seeds paired with creamy sweet banana.
Here’s what you need to make black sesame butter banana bread:
- flax eggs (ground flaxseed + filtered water)
- unrefined coconut sugar
- mashed bananas
- Eden Foods Black Sesame Butter
- unsweetened almond milk
- gluten-free oat flour
- raw cacao powder
- baking powder
The banana bread starts with a gluten-free oat flour base.
If you don’t have store bought oat flour you can make your own by pulsing oats in the blender until you have a flour.
The addition of black sesame butter creates depth and rich creaminess without any added oils.
Bananas act as a binder and sweetener for this bread.
Pro tip: The spottier the bananas the better for this recipe!
A little unrefined coconut sugar draws out the natural sweetness of the bananas.
A few “flax eggs” bind the ingredients together.
The batter should be thick and spreadable.
After smoothing it into a bread pan, I like to top mine with a full banana, halved for visual intrigue.
Your black sesame butter banana bread should be ready in under an hour!
The bread is done with a toothpick comes out clean form the center.
The bread might take slightly longer to bake depending on the moisture in your banana topping.
This Black Sesame Butter Banana Bread makes a fantastic breakfast bread or chocolate-y dessert.
For more of a pre-portioned snack, try dividing the batter into muffin tins and reducing the bake time to 20-30 minutes.
If you’re craving some texture, try adding walnuts for a little crunch.
I love my bread served warm with a smear of nut butter or even more black sesame butter for a dramatic flourish!
If you make this Black Sesame Butter Banana Bread, let me know!
Be sure to leave me a comment, rating, and review so I can use your feedback to create more yums.
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Black sesame butter banana bread sweetened with bananas and unrefined coconut sugar with a touch of cacao. Vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free!
- 2 flax eggs (2 TBSP ground flaxseed + 6 TBSP filtered water)
- 1/2 cup unrefined coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (3–4 bananas) + 1 banana for top of bread
- 3/4 cup Eden Foods Black Sesame Butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly grease with coconut oil.
- Add the flax egg to a large mixing bowl and allow to gel for ~5 minutes.
- Add in the mashed banana, Black Sesame Butter, and unsweetened almond milk to the bowl and mix well to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well to combine. The batter should be thick without any clumps.
- Pour the batter into the baking pan and top with optional sliced banana.
- Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until the top is slightly brown and and toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then lift the bread by the parchment and onto a cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week and freeze for longterm storage.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 60 mins
- Category: Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
- Method: Oven-Bake
- Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Refined Sugar-Free
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