This Tahini Banana Bread is moist, sweet, nutty, cake-like and sprinkled with crunchy sesame seeds on top. The smooth nutty tahini complements the sweet bananas and spices. This banana bread lasts for DAYS!
Have you ever looked at that list that Google publishes each year, listing out the most Google-d recipes?! It’s sort of fascinating and it’s really no surprise that banana bread is usually on the list.
People love making banana bread. And it’s sort of a duh, of course they do kinda thing because how often have you bought bananas with really good intentions.
You probably wanted to slice them over a bowl of oatmeal, put them in smoothies, eat them with a dollop of almond butter, etc. but then you prob forget about them only to find them brown AF on your counter, wilting away.
What is Tahini
Tahini is a condiment that’s made from hulled sesame seeds. This condiment is used in the cuisine throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. While you can make it homemade, I would definitely recommend buying it–it’s much easier! At this point, you should be able to find it pretty easily at your local supermarket.
How to Make Tahini Banana Bread
- Whisk together the flour, sesame seeds and salt.
- And then whisk together the melted butter, eggs, vanilla, tahini, banana and baking soda.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Mix together just until you no longer see any speckles of flour.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- And then sprinkle the top with more sesame seeds.
- Bake it!
- The hardest part, let it cool for about 30 minutes before slicing it!
The tahini adds a nice nuttiness to it that’s really pleasant. The brown sugar and tahini results in major emoji heart eyes. It’s SO good. Also, I thought this was like the most original idea in the world but then a quick Google action and I saw that it’s not unique at all. Lol. 🙁
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons smooth tahini paste, if there's oil on the top, mix it thoroughly before adding it
- 3 ripe yet firm bananas (about 2 cups) , mashed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
- To Make the Loaf:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 8x4-inch and line with a sheet of parchment, leaving sides coming up the sides for easily removable. (A 9x5-inch loaf pan will work too but the loaf will be a bit stouter in shape!)
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, and salt until combined.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugars. Crack in the egg, pour in the vanilla and tahini and whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Add the mashed bananas and baking soda and give it another good stir.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, stirring just until the speckles of flour disappear. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to get any bits of flour that might be hiding.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Give the pan a couple of moderate smacks on the counter to even out the batter.
- Sprinkle the top with the sesame seeds. I added more to the center and then added only a few to the outside. I just liked the way it looked, no real reason!
- Transfer to the oven to bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the center has risen, the edges are golden brown, and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow the bread to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then invert the loaf and cool it on a rack, or live on the edge and eat it warm. The banana bread will stay delicious and moist for 3 to 5 days when wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
If you make this tahini banana bread, let me know on Instagram!
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