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Eggless & healthy Banana Bread – The story of Noopur Joshi

A food stylist, blogger, photographer, baker and entrepreneur, Noopur Joshi is a Bangalorean who loves anything and everything related to food! A travel enthusiast who is inspired to try innovative flavours in her bakes, Noopur gives each and every creation of hers a unique touch. The local flavors, varied tastes, food styles of the cities or countries that she travels to inspires her to take bits from them and create recipes that represents the place at large and also her spin on the same. Having followed it as a passion for a few years, she started jotting down these recipes on her food blog, ‘Noopurs Kitchen‘, with the idea of sharing it with the world. The passion and love for food increases only when you learn, recreate, try and innovate that pushes your culinary boundaries. Noopur does just that, not only with her baking, but also with her photography and styling. If you visit her home, there is a separate section in the cupboard stacked with cutlery, knick knacks and elements that she has collected over the years while travelling and uses them to style the food she makes.

It was an interesting conversation we had with her on the day of the video shoot, where her close baker friend, Pooja, was also present. We discussed about her travel stories, how a particular dish is made differently in various places, her love for baking and also ended up watching a few food shows! All of this happened while the house smelled divine with the caramel glaze that Noopur had prepared to adorn the Banana Bread made. Who can resist caramel, right? We were waiting to dive right into the cake, when we realized that styling and clicking it would take a while! And, believe me these minutes were difficult, considering how great the finished product looked! Did it take longer to click the images than baking it? Maybe! But, it was surely a learning process as after a few rounds of trial and error, we were left with great pictures that you can see attached with the blog!

Noopur made a healthy Banana Bread for the video shoot on our Youtube channel, which was inspired by the flavor of the Caramel Machiatto drink at Starbucks that she loves! Let us learn how to make this at home:

Ingredients:

80 ml oil – 1/3 cup

100 g light brown sugar – 1/2 cup packed

60 ml Greek yoghurt – 1/4 cup

1 tbsp instant coffee granules

1 tsp vanilla extract

110 g whole wheat flour – 1 cup minus 1.5 tbsp

15 g cornflour – about 1.5 tbsp

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup mashed bananas – 3 medium or 4 small bananas

Glaze

85 g unsalted butter

70 g light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

A pinch salt

 

METHOD:

1. Preheat your oven to 160C.

2. Prepare a 9″x 5″ loaf pan either with butter or cooking spray or with parchment paper that slightly hangs outside for easy removal later.

3. Sift together whole wheat flour, cornflour, baking powder, baking soda and salt at least 2-3 times to aerate. Keep aside.

4. In a large bowl, mix together oil, yoghurt, sugar, instant coffee and vanilla and whisk till combined.

5. Sift in the dry ingredients and gently mix until combined. Do not overmix. Add the mashed bananas and mix until combined.

6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake it at 160C for 40-50 minutes until the centre is set and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.

7. Allow bread to cool in pan on a wire rack while you make the glaze.

8. In a small saucepan, add the butter, brown sugar and salt. On a low heat, simmer the mixture for about 2-3 minutes till it thickens. Add the vanilla and stir in.

9. Let the glaze cool a little before pouring on top of the bread (still inside the pan). Spread it out evenly with the help of a spatula.

10. Allow the glaze to set a little (about 10 minutes) before removing the whole bread from the pan. Cool the bread completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving. This banana bread can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 5-6 days. You can also freeze the bread for up to 6 months.

We are sure you will love this bake! It is a win win for coffee lovers who want to binge on desserts guilt free. Don’t miss out on trying this bake at home.

 

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