Banana Coconut Buckwheat Bread

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I’ve been buying a lot of bananas recently because they are the perfect on-the-go snack. However, after a long week of long hours at work, a couple of them were left behind. They turned to that perfect sickeningly sweet – way too brown – banana bread – bananas.

Darn, I have to bake.

While working on NBC’s “George to the Rescue,” I recently met “Sweet Livy’s”, an adorable NJ gal who bakes cupcakes and gives a percentage of her profits to Cancer Societies. As her name states, she was very sweet and quite the baker. She motivated me to test out a new recipe.

I’ve been wanting to test out baking with different flours. I love buckwheat because it’s dense and brings a flavor of its own to food. Some people prefer a light and fluffy breakfast bread, but I say the heavier the better! (Don’t use Buckwheat flour and hope for lightness, you will be very disappointed.)

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Banana Coconut Buckwheat Bread

1 1/2 C Buckwheat Flour
1 C Self Rising Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Baking Powder
13/4 tsp Salt
1 TBS Flax Seed Meal (great egg substitute!)
2 Egg Whites (or 1 whole egg)
1/2 Stick Butter
1/2 C Sugar
1/4 C Honey
A Vigorous Sprinkle of Saigon Cinnamon
A Dash of Vanilla Extract
A Double Dash of Almond Extract
1 C Mashed Over Ripened Bananas
1/4 C Soy Milk
A Splash of Half & Half (or cream)
A handful of Crushed Walnuts
1/2 C Coconut Flakes (Flakes are WAY better than Shredded…)
1 TBS Coconut Oil – melted

PREHEAT oven to 350 F.

WHIP softened butter, Coconut Oil, Sugar and Honey together in your main bowl.

On the side, mash bananas, milk, half & half, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Make sure you like the smell! Add more vanilla or almond to make it good for you.

One the other side, mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and flax seed mill together.

Add eggs to your Whipped butter and sugar and continue to WHIP. (This stage cant really be overdone so make sure everything is well whipped.

Alternating between your wet mix and your dry mix, add to Whipped sugar – ending on the wet mix.

Toss in walnuts and coconut and give it a slight mix by hand.

I used Coconut oil to oil my bread baking dish.

Bake for 1hour 10 minutes. Check with a toothpick.

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Slice – Toast – and cover with cream cheese, jelly and an over hard egg for a delicious breakfast treat!