***Updated recipe below for MINI loaves!***
You may need to read that again, but more slowly. It’s banana bread, made with beer, that tastes like banana bread. Every single person who read or heard me say that had to do a double take this past weekend. But when they bit into this scrumptious, not un-healthy dessert bread, all questioning went out the window, and taste was embraced!
Well’s Banana Bread Beer is really quite amazing. It’s essentially liquid alcoholic banana bread. A drinkable dessert for adults! My kind of beverage 🙂 My boyfriend knew of my love for this beer, and of my love for baking, so he suggested I smash the two together! This bread uses just 1/4 cup of butter, and only 1/2 cup of sugar! AND I took the liberty of replacing half the all-purpose white flour with some whole wheat flour. No yeast or eggs required!
The result? A not-too-sweet chocolate-filled banana bread, through which you could still taste a hint of beer. It’s like your favorite banana bread had a love child with your favorite beer bread.
If you have some bananas about to go bad, and haven’t used them all up in homemade frozen yogurt, bake up a batch of this delicious bread. Your family and friends will love you for it!
Banana Bread Beer Banana Bread
Makes 8 mini loaves or one large one
- 3 C flour (make half of it whole wheat flour if you like)
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 12 oz Wells and Young’s Banana Bread Beer (my bottle was 11.9 oz, which was perfect)
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 C chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Grease large or mini loaf pan – mine is the fancy Food Network kind (thanks mom & dad!).
Melt butter in the microwave in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, powder, soda).
In a small mixing bowl, mash bananas completely. Mix in the vanilla, half the melted melted butter, and beer.
Mix the wet into the dry and stir just until combined (over-stirring will activate the gluten in the flour, making the end result a tough bread – avoid it!). Fold in chocolate chips.
Spoon into prepared pan of choice – fill just to below the brim. If using mini loaf pans, bake 30 minutes. If making one large loaf, bake for 40-50 minutes, checking with a toothpick or knife for it to be done.
Remove to cooling rack and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on the rack. Eat and enjoy!
Want more banana bread deliciousness? But with ZERO guilt? Try banana bread overnight oatmeal! It’s dessert for breakfast. Or, just eat one of these mini loaves for breakfast 🙂