Recipe: Plantain and Macadamia Nut Bread

Sure you've heard of banana bread before, but what about plantain bread?

We love banana bread as much as anyone else but every once and a while it’s fun to change it up. This variation, using plantains and macadamia nuts, is rich, satisfying and just sweet enough for a quick breakfast or a snack on the go.

Since plantains inherently contain less sugar than their fraternal twin, the banana, we chose the ripest ones we could find and eked out a bit more sweetness by sautéing them in butter before mashing and folding them into the batter. A good dose of macadamia nuts and a sprinkling of raw turbinado sugar lend a pleasant crunch and just a touch more sweetness to this hearty quick bread.

Plantain and Macadamia Nut Bread

Makes 1 loaf

3 very ripe plantains; cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup half and half
1 cup macadamia nuts; coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour loaf pan and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and add sliced plantains. Sauté until softened and bright yellow; about 5-7 minutes.Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl whisk together flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and clove.

In a separate bowl, whisk together brown and white sugars, vanilla, eggs, canola oil and half and half.

Fold wet ingredients into dry.

Mash cooled plantains and add to egg/flour mixture. Stir in nuts. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan, smooth the top and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Place in oven and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Enjoy as is or toasted with a dab of butter and a sprinkle of sugar.

Related: Sweet Fried Plantains (Plátanos Maduros)

(Images: Rebekah Peppler)

Per serving, based on 4 servings. (% daily value)
Calories
914
Fat
58 g (89.2%)
Saturated
9.1 g (45.5%)
Trans
0.2 g
Carbs
96.4 g (32.1%)
Fiber
5.4 g (21.5%)
Sugars
57.6 g
Protein
8.4 g (16.8%)
Cholesterol
13.2 mg (4.4%)
Sodium
402.6 mg (16.8%)