Have ripe bananas? Want a tasty sweet filling treat with low effort but nice fluffy results? Try out this recipe yourself and enjoy the afternoon with a warm mug of tea or pair it up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee! This banana to raisin bread recipe just needs a few ingredients and makes a balanced sweet bread that you’ll surely take delight in!
Banana Production in the Philippines
The Philippines is a top exporter of bananas, with 2.85 million metric tons exported in 2017, which has grown to export 9.36 million more in 2018, growing yearly. Taking the 5thplace in the world. The top 3 regions where the bananas are produced and grown are in Davao, Soccskargen, and Northern Mindanao in the island of Mindanao and Cagayan Valley. Being the most widely grown fruit in the Philippines, it has ranked next to prawns and coconut oil in terms of value earnings.
In some parts of the Philippines young banana leaves and pounded and used to hinder bleeding and to treat wounds, more commonly the bananas leaves are even used as a platter or for packaging, banana fibers are even commonly seen formed into a rope, mat, sack, and used as a décor for furniture, the banana peel can even be made into sheets of paper and paper boards, dried banana blossoms is even exported and used in homemade dishes fried or cooked with ‘gata’ or coconut cream. There are a lot of types of bananas found around the Philippines which different types for different dishes, like Saba which is a thicker and a bit smaller in size, these are sweeter and usually eaten raw and boiled with the skin, sometimes even mixed in with ice and milk, Lacatan is a common banana, Latundan has a white flesh, Bungulan which is very sweet but easily rots, Cavendish, Morado, Los Banos, Tindok, Granda, Tumok, and more.
Banana health benefits
There are so many good reasons on why the banana is good for you. Bananas are rich in:
- Vitamin B6 which helps produce blood cells, metabolize amino acids, and maintain a healthy nervous system.
- Vitamin C helps with cell and tissue damage, absorption of iron, produce collagen, and produce serotonin that affect our moods, sleep cycle, stress and pain.
- Manganese, which creates collagen that are good for the skin, it is also needed for the skin to protect itself from free radical damage.
- Potassium, which is what bananas, are commonly known for help with heath health and blood pressure.
- Bananas can also aid in digestion because it provides 10 – 12% of daily fiber needs, which you can get from a single medium banana. There are also results that prove that bananas can help with constipation, stomach ulcers, and heartburn.
- Bananas can give you energy, bananas can be seen in sports events because this fruit has 3 natural sugars; sucrose, fructose, and glucose that gives you a cholesterol and fat free source of energy. These are eaten before and after sports.
Bananas aren’t only eaten as a fruit, it’s been added as a main ingredient for desserts, and sometimes added to savory dishes, its been dried to turn into candied fruit, preserved to make jam, added in vinegar, ketchup, and even turned to powder. It’s a popular fruit that some people may not even see as anything but a healthy fruit to eat as an alternative for an afternoon snack, or to add into the diet for energy and it’s health benefits. Some recent trends have proven that the banana is an ever-important fruit that has so much to give, from turning banana peels to burgers and turning it into an alternative for an egg or for gluten free recipes. The Banana is not an underdog to look over but may be an important part of a person’s selection of food but is a provision that no one can ever get enough of.
Lessen the need for sugar and make a tasty and healthy bread without the need to knead.
No knead Banana Raisin BreadCourse: Snacks
A easy low effort but delightful ‘healthier’ bread
2 ripe medium sized bananas
1 teaspoon dry yeast
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 cups all purpose flour (more for dusting)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Unpeel and mash the bananas. Mix in yeast, salt and egg. Add in all purpose flour and mix well, pour in butter and mix till you can’t see any flour left.
- Add the raisins and chocolate and fold well into the dough. Cover for 1 hour & 30 minutes or till it doubles in size.
- Uncover and knead in a smooth surface to release air. Flatten and slice to 9 pieces roll into a ball. Place these on a baking tray and cover for 1 hour & 30 minutes or till it doubles in size.
- Bake in a 350°F or 175°C preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it cool to room temperature before taking these out.
- Enjoy with a hot mug of coffee!
- You can remove the raisins and chocolate if you’d like, or only double the raisins and remove the chocolate. Add or replace the fillings to your taste.
- Dust the surface with flour and roll the dough ball over it to make it easier to handle.
- If you find the dough really sticky after most of the flour has been absorbed by the dough, at ¼ or 1/3 cup more till you don’t find the dough sticking too much to your fingers
Banana to Raisin Bread, no knead recipe (tagalog)
- 2 hinog na katamtamamng laki na saging
- 1 kutsaritang lebadura
- ¼ kutsaritang asin
- 1 malaking itlog
- 2 tasa harina ( sobra pang masa)
- 2 kutsaritang tunaw na mantikilya na walang asin
- 1/3 tasa pasas
- 1/3 tasa chocolate chips (opsyonal)
- Balatan ang saging at lamasin. Haluin ang lebadura, asin, at itlog.. idagdag ang harina at haluin ng mabuti, lagyan ng mantikilya, haluin hangang wala na makitang harina.
- Idagdag ang pasaa at tsokolate, itiklop sa masa. Takpan ng 1 oras at 30 na minute o hanggang dumoble ng laki.
- Pagkatapos, imasa ang masa sa makinis na itaas para matanggal ang hangin. Patagin at hatiin ng 9 na piraso irolyo ng pabilog. Ilagay ang mga ito sa baking tray at takpan ng g 1 oras at 30 na minute o hanggang dumoble ng laki.
- Iluto sa 350°F o175°C na oben ng 12 – 15 na minute. Tangalin sa oben at ipalamig bago alisin sa baking tray.
- Ihanda kasama ang mainit na kape!