Easy, simple and delicious tahini espresso banana bread perfect for breakfast or snack! Serve warm with a drizzle of honey.
Before you roll your eyes at yet ‘another banana bread recipe’ let me just say that not all banana breads are created equal. This Tahini Espresso Banana Bread is here to change your mind.
There’s 4 other banana bread recipes on the blog. This being the first one. Can we take a moment and compare the photos? Shooting food every day sure does make a difference. Btw, these photos were shot on artificial light (if you’re into that kind of stuff, there’s a highlight on my Instagram).
Now onto this Tahini Espresso Banana Bread.
This recipe is different from the other ones, cause it’s made with espresso chips which adds a rich and complex flavor that’s perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the bananas and the nuttiness of the tahini.
In short, this Tahini Espresso Banana Bread is:
- Super moist but firm
- Rich & complex
- Easy & delicious
What is Tahini?
And why is everyone obsessed with it? Long before I became a food blogger/photographer, I discovered Tahini at Trader Joes and never looked back. They used to have it in dip form, and it was delicious.
Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds, and has a nutty and toasty taste to it, with a rich and silky texture similar to natural almond butter (as in runny but thick). I use it on savory dishes and sweets, as a dressing or dip. It’s so versatile and adds an interesting layer to any recipe.
What’s the best Tahini brand?
How to Make a Tahini Espresso Banana Bread
For this recipe you’re going to need very ripe bananas, like almost rotten. I know you have a few sitting on the counter, so let’s get to it. (in case you don’t, scroll down to the best way to ripen bananas).
Make sure your tahini is runny and not clumpy! If it’s too thick do not use it for this recipe! I wanna say you can sub for a natural nut butter, but then it wouldn’t be a tahini banana bread (but technically you can).
You’re also going to need espresso chips which I recently discovered at Target. These are rich and taste like chocolate covered espresso beans, so if you’re into that, you’re going to LOVE them. If you’re not so sure, or can’t find them, sub for dark chocolate chips.
The remaining ingredients are kitchen staples, such as flour, baking soda, salt, light brown sugar, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla.
To make, combine the dry ingredients. Cream the butter with the brown sugar and sugar, add in the eggs, tahini, bananas, and vanilla. Fold into the dry mixture, add the espresso chips and transfer to 9x5inch pan.
I like to add a sliced banana on top (cut lengthwise) and a few sesame seeds for texture/visual interest.
Bake for 60 minutes at 350F. I like to serve warm or toasted with a drizzle of honey. Drooling already!
Best way to ripen bananas at home
If you’re craving banana bread but your bananas are nowhere near ripe, here are 3 tricks that might help.
- Place in a paper bag: place your bananas in a a brown bag and close it loosely. There’s some science behind it that I don’t quite get, but what I know for sure is that it makes them ripe faster. You can also place a ripe fruit in the bag for even faster ripening.
- The Oven Method: place unpeeled (not green) bananas on a baking sheet and cook for 15-20 min at 350F. But make sure to check often, they are ready when they turn black and shiny.
- The Microwave Method: place unpeeled (not green) bananas in the microwave and heat in 30 second intervals until they turn soft.
How long does banana bread last?
When properly stored in an air tight container, freshly baked banana bread can last for about 1 to 2 days at room temp. It’ll keep well in the fridge for uptown 1 week!
For more banana bread recipes, check out my:
- Cinnamon Swirl Brown Butter Banana Bread
- Healthy Skillet Chocolate Banana Bread (gf & df)
- Pumpkin Banana Breakfast Loaf
- Tahini Walnut & Dark Chocolate Banana Bread
I’m so happy you’re making one of my recipes, and would love to see how it turns out! Share it on Instagram using #yogaofcooking so I can see it, it always makes my day! Or leave a comment below!
Happy Baking! xPrint