Do any of you have a Starbucks addiction? Ummm….I totally do! Even though I've become allergic to their espresso and coffee(not just theirs) gives me heart palpitations, that doesn't stop me. They have some fantastic teas. I'm there usually a couple of times a week. Today, I'm going to share a banana bread recipe that came from Starbucks. A few years ago, when they took their bakery items all natural, they gave out a few recipes. Of course, I totally snagged them. This is their actual recipe for banana bread…not a knock off copy.
If you've been in a Starbucks(ummm has anyone not been in a Starbucks?), then you have also seen the gorgeous pastry case. Everything looks so yummy! Most everything I've ever gotten has lived up and been quite yummy.
Their banana bread is no exception. It is nutty, has a crunch crust and is moist and delicious. It is also almost 500 calories for their large slice. My girls love to share a piece for a snack and I always want some, but unless I've done a long run that day, if I want to keep the weight off that I've lost, I can't eat a 500 calorie piece of banana bread.
The thing I love about making this bread or my Apple bread myself at home is that I can cut the slices any size I want. I can partake in the yumminess and not feel guilty.
I have modified the Starbucks recipe slightly by using white whole wheat flour and if I don't have buttermilk on hand, I just use milk. The other thing that I have found is that their baking time is laughable. They say this bread should cook up in 45 minutes. I have never had it be done in that amount of time. We start by checking the bread at 1 hour and 15 minutes. It usually takes almost an hour and a half for the bread to cook and be totally done with no soft gooey spots in the middle.
I cook my bread in my Pampered Chef loaf pan, here is a similar pan available on Amazon(affiliate link). It works perfect for this recipe because even with the long cook time the bread doesn't get burned.