Cardamom Banana Bread
Tender and moist banana bread, with a beautiful crumb, great rise, and the perfect banana flavor, spiced with cardamom for a rich, indulgent twist on a classic banana bread.
I love love love this recipe because it takes my classic super simple banana bread recipe, which only needs one bowl to make, and adds a fun twist on it.
The Cardamom is such a fun flavor to add. It is related to ginger, and is used in cuisines around the world. It adds subtle flavor and richness to the banana bread.
What You Need to Make Cardamom Banana Bread
This recipe is super easy to make and calls for basic pantry ingredients, and the addition of a cardamom oil, or you could use ground cardamom. Here is what you need.
- Brown bananas
- Melted butter
- Baking soda
- Doterra Cardamom Oil
Cardamom, the “Queen of Spices” is used in cooking around the world. From the East, to the Middle East, to Scandanavia.
In addition to its popular flavor, Cardamom as an essential oil provides a variety of benefits to health and wellness, especially digestive health, it can boost the wellness of the digestive and respiratory systems, and leave you feeling refreshed.
I chose to use DoTERRA’s Cardamom oil in this recipe. I know it is high quality, sourced directly from local farmers in Guatemala; has great flavor, and boosts wellness.
How to Make Cardamom Banana Bread
- Preheat Oven
Get your oven on and hot!
- Mash Bananas
Start by mashing your bananas in a mixing bowl with a fork.
- Whisk Egg
Add the egg to the same bowl as the bananas, on the side, and use the fork to whisk the egg up.
- Melt Butter
Melt butter in the microwave and add to the same bowl.
- Add Remaining Ingredients
Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, and stir to combine. Add 4-6 drops of Cardamom oil, more or less depending on your taste preference.
- Prepare Loaf Pan
Spray loaf pan with non-stick spray, and pour in the batter.
Put it in your preheated oven and bake for 5–60 minutes until browned on top.
Let the banana bread cool 5 minutes, remove from loaf pan, then place on cooling rack to let cool completely before serving.
Tips and Tricks
Making this recipe is Eazy Peazy, but here are some tips for making it turn out right every time.
- Preheat Oven: Putting the banana bread into a nice hot oven will help with the rise.
- Mash Bananas First: It is best to mash the bananas first thing in the bowl, this way you can get rid of any really big chunks, which will help give your banana bread better consistency.
- Adjust Cardamom to Preference: Cardamom can be a bold flavor, so when baking with the DoTERRA Cardamom oil, start with just a few drops and adjust from there.
- Let Cool: For the best consistency, let that loaf cool before digging in. I know how tempting it is to just start in on it, but wait.
Make Ahead and Storage
This recipe can be whipped up and frozen, or refrigerated. I like to make a loaf, let it cool, then wrap it in cling wrap and keep it in the fridge for 5-7 days.
I also love to bake it into smaller loaves and muffins, and freeze them in ziptop bags, to pull out individually when the mood strikes. A quick defrost in the microwave is all it needs!
Other Great Recipes:
- One Bowl Banana Bread
- Cream Cheese Banana Bread
- Cranberry Almond Banana Bread
- Coconut Vanilla Banana Bread
Cardamom Banana Bread
- 3 bananas brown, mashed
- 1 Tablespoon butter melted
- 1/2- 1 cup sugar Adjust to preferred sweetness.
- 1 egg whisked with a fork
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 4-6 drops Doterra Cardamom Oil
- Preheat oven to 350
- Place bananas in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add an egg, and whisk it with a fork.
- Add remaining ingredients, and stir by hand until well incorporated
- Pour into a greased bread pan (approx 9x4x4)
- Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour or until browned and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean (check at about 50 minutes)
- Cool on a cooling rack until fully cooled, then serve.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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