Tropical Banana Bread with Honey

Get ready to indulge in a mouthwatering treat with our Tropical Banana Bread with Honey recipe! In celebration of National Honeybee Day, we challenge you to ditch the sugar and use honey as a substitute in your favorite recipes. Our modified banana bread recipe features the rich flavor of Macadamia blossom honey, along with a touch of tropical goodness from crushed pineapple and orange juice. The result? A moist and flavorful loaf that will leave you craving more. Join us in honoring our hardworking honeybees by giving this recipe a try and discover the delightful taste of honey in your baked treats.

Tropical Banana Bread with Honey

To celebrate National Honeybee Day, we invite you to take on the challenge of substituting honey for any recipe calling for sugar. We have created a Cooking with Honey Kitchen Cheat Sheet that gives simple directions on how to make the substitution easily.

I gave it a try using one of my favorite banana bread recipes taken from the wonderful cookbook “A Taste of Aloha” which is a collection of recipes from the Junior League of Honolulu first published in 1983.

The changes I made to the recipe are as follows:

  • I replaced 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of Macadamia blossom honey.
  • I cut down by 20% the fruit juice asked for in the original recipe to allow for the added moisture in the honey.
  • The original recipe asked for enough baking soda to balance the acidity of the honey, so I did not need to make any changes.
  • The original recipe had the baking temperature set at 350F, and I lowered the temperature to 325F as honey browns faster than granulated sugar.

I was very pleased with the results! The banana bread came out moist and flavorful. Celebrate our hard-working honeybees by replacing sugar with honey in one of your favorite recipes.

Here is the final modified recipe I used.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of Whole Wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ( 81/4 ounce) can of crushed pineapple (drain and keep aside 1/4 cup juice to add to the recipe)
  • 1 cup mashed, ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup of Big Island Bees Macadamia Blossom Honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and butter a one-pound bread pan.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine crushed pineapple, banana, orange, and pineapple juice (a total of 1/2 cup juice) and orange peel.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the butter and honey together. Then add the eggs and beat well.
  5. Add a small amount of the flour mixture alternating with the fruit mixture, mixing just enough to moisten the flour.
  6. Stir in the nuts and pour into the greased bread pan. Sprinkle the top with 1 tablespoon of cocoa nibs if you choose.
  7. Bake for an hour and 15 minutes or until golden brown and set.

Now that you have the modified recipe, it’s time to get baking and enjoy the delicious tropical banana bread with honey. But before you start, let’s learn more about the benefits of using honey and how you can cook with it.

Benefits of Honey

Honey is not only a delicious natural sweetener, but it also has several health benefits. Here are some of the benefits of using honey as a sweetener in your recipes:

  1. Rich in Antioxidants: Honey contains several antioxidants that can help protect your body against cell damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  2. Boosts Energy: Honey is a great source of natural energy. It provides a quick boost of energy and can help improve athletic performance.
  3. Soothes Sore Throat: Honey has antibacterial properties and can help soothe a sore throat. It is often used in natural remedies for cough and cold.
  4. Promotes Wound Healing: Applying honey topically to wounds can help promote wound healing and prevent infections. It has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for skin conditions.
  5. Supports Digestive Health: Honey has been used for centuries to aid digestion. It can help soothe the digestive system and promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.

So not only does substituting honey for sugar in your recipes add a delicious flavor, but it also provides numerous health benefits. Now let’s dive into how you can incorporate honey into your cooking.

How to Cook with Honey

Cooking with honey is a simple and enjoyable way to add a natural sweetness to your dishes. Here are some tips for cooking with honey:

  1. Measure Accurately: When substituting honey for sugar in a recipe, use equal amounts by weight. Since honey is denser than sugar, be sure to use a kitchen scale for accurate measurements.
  2. Adjust Liquid Ingredients: Honey adds moisture to your recipes, so it’s essential to reduce the amount of other liquid ingredients in your recipe when using honey. For every 1 cup of sugar, reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup.
  3. Lower Baking Temperature: Honey browns faster than sugar, so it’s important to lower the baking temperature by 25°F to prevent over-browning. Keep a close eye on your baked goods when using honey.
  4. Add Flavor: Honey comes in a variety of flavors, from floral to fruity. Experiment with different types of honey to add unique flavors to your recipes. For this tropical banana bread recipe, we used Big Island Bees Macadamia Blossom Honey for a delicious twist.

By following these simple tips, you can easily incorporate honey into your cooking and enjoy its sweet and natural flavor in a variety of dishes.

Now that you know how to cook with honey let’s go back to the delicious tropical banana bread recipe. I found this recipe in the cookbook “A Taste of Aloha” and made a few modifications to make it even more delightful.

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The Original Banana Bread Recipe

The original recipe for this banana bread comes from the cookbook “A Taste of Aloha,” which is a collection of recipes from the Junior League of Honolulu. Here is the original recipe:

  • 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (81/4 ounce) can of crushed pineapple (drain and keep aside 1/4 cup juice to add to the recipe)
  • 1 cup mashed, ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

The original recipe asked for sugar instead of honey and called for a baking temperature of 350°F. However, I made some adjustments to create a tropical banana bread with the addition of honey.

Changes Made to the Recipe

Here are the changes I made to the original banana bread recipe:

  1. Replacing Sugar with Honey: Instead of using 1/2 cup of sugar, I replaced it with 1/2 cup of Big Island Bees Macadamia Blossom Honey. This substitution adds a unique flavor and natural sweetness to the bread.
  2. Adjusting Fruit Juice Amount: Since honey adds extra moisture to the recipe, I reduced the amount of fruit juice called for in the original recipe by 20%. This adjustment ensures the bread maintains the right texture and moisture without becoming too dense.
  3. Baking Temperature Adjustment: To prevent the bread from browning too quickly, I decreased the baking temperature from 350°F to 325°F. This adjustment allows the bread to bake evenly while maintaining its golden color.

With these modifications, the banana bread turned out moist, flavorful, and perfectly sweetened with honey.

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The Results

I was delighted with the results of the tropical banana bread with honey. The honey added a depth of flavor and a natural sweetness that complemented the tropical ingredients perfectly. The bread was moist and tender, with a hint of orange and the crunch of macadamia nuts.

The addition of honey not only enhanced the taste of the banana bread but also provided its health benefits. By using honey as a sweetener, the bread became a healthier alternative to traditional recipes that use granulated sugar.

Celebrate National Honeybee Day

National Honeybee Day is a special day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of honeybees and their impact on our environment. On this day, we encourage everyone to celebrate the hard work of honeybees by incorporating honey into their recipes and supporting local beekeepers.

Substituting honey for sugar in your favorite recipes is a simple way to honor honeybees and create delicious dishes that showcase the natural sweetness of honey. You can start by trying this tropical banana bread recipe and experience the unique flavors that honey brings.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, the tropical banana bread with honey is a delightful treat that celebrates the flavors of the tropics and the hard work of honeybees. By substituting honey for sugar, we not only enhance the taste of the bread but also enjoy the health benefits that honey provides.

Remember to check out our Cooking with Honey Kitchen Cheat Sheet for more tips and ideas on cooking with honey. And don’t forget to support your local beekeepers and honeybee conservation efforts on National Honeybee Day.

So grab your ingredients, preheat the oven, and enjoy the moist and flavorful tropical banana bread with honey. It’s a perfect treat for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. Happy baking!