cup/100 grams virgin (unrefined) coconut oil, plus more for greasing the pan (see Tip)
cups/280 grams all-purpose flour, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons for tossing peels
cup/64 grams tahini (or nut butter of your choice)
cup/80 milliliters oat milk, nut milk or dairy milk of your choice
teaspoon almond extract
teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon fine sea salt
cups/200 grams coconut palm or dark brown sugar
cup/20 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
teaspoons baking powder
Unsalted vegan or nonvegan butter (optional), for serving
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pan with coconut oil and line it with parchment.
- Wash the bananas then trim and discard the tips. Peel the bananas, then slice the peels crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Place them in a small bowl and toss with 1 1/2 teaspoons flour to coat; set aside.
- In a large bowl, use a fork to smush the bananas into a rough purée. (Don’t worry about small lumps.) Add the coconut oil, tahini, oat milk, almond and vanilla extracts, and salt. Beat together with a whisk to thoroughly incorporate and create a thick batter. Add the sugar and beat with the whisk to combine.
- Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the batter and fold it in using a rubber spatula until no streaks remain. Fold the floured banana peels into the batter.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top into an even layer. Bake for about 55 to 65 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then lift it out onto a baking rack using the parchment. Let it cool a bit, then serve warm with butter slathered on top, if using, or let it cool completely if you want to store it for later. (Wrapped tightly, the bread will keep at room temperature for about 4 days.)