slice of gingerbread on plate up close

Banana and Sweet Potato Bread

Who wants some banana and sweet potato bread? Dumb question, right? But really folks, there are more ways to make banana bread out there than there are monkeys. I haven’t done a recent count, but I’m willing to bet at least a few bucks on this one.

Banana bread is one of those things I didn’t care too much for as a kid, but warmly embrace as an adult. And you can be certain that if Ginny is baking something it’s going to turn out delicious!

gingerbread on rack

As expected, Ginny went on a baking rampage this holiday season and I reaped the benefits. And as you may imagine, staying on a Paleo diet over the holidays can be quite challenging. Sweets are my weakness. As a kid, my mom always had some freshly baked brownies, cake or cookies around. She also had an entire cabinet dedicated to packaged goodies like Little Debbie cakes, Ho-Hos, Twinkies and the list goes on…

Christmas Brownie Binging

One Christmas I took out an entire pan of brownies by myself along with several tins of chocolate chip cookies. I am paying for my past sins in the form of hypoglycemia. This is why I decided to do a Paleo diet. It works. It really works. And you lose a lot of belly fat, too.

As an adult, I don’t keep sugary things in the house so when Ginny bakes something it is a special treat. Look at that dark, crispy edge on the front end of the bread. Just makes you want to slap your grandma! Don’t do that…it’s just a saying.

cutting piece of gingerbread

Give a Little, Get a Little

When you are doing a special diet like Paleo, it’s important to go easy on yourself sometimes. I pick certain times like holidays and weekends when I can break the rules. Glasses of wine, champagne cocktails and sweets are the prizes for these special days. The trick is to not let those weekend habits slide over into weekdays. I’m still working on this balance. This banana and sweet potato bread is definitely worth break my vows temporarily, though.

slice of gingerbread on plate

Ginny’s secret ingredient in this bread is sweet potato. This gives it a richer, sweet flavor you don’t get with traditional banana bread.

gingerbread on rack from top

She also loves to put in special sweet spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and clove. This exotic blend was unusual at first, but I have quickly become hooked on it. Sweet breads without these spices just seems too blah now.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes COOK TIME: 60 minutes SERVINGS: 7

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup baked sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of clove
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup crumbled gingersnaps

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a loaf pan. Combine oats, flour, spices, half of ginger snaps, baking soda and baking powder until well mixed in a bowl.
  2. Smash up the bananas with the brown sugar, sweet potatoes, egg and butter. Mix everything together well and pour it into your pan. Top with remaining ginger snaps.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes uncovered then cover with foil and bake for additional 20 minutes. Depending on how moist your bananas are, it may take more or less time to cook until a fork inserted comes out mostly clean.

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