Beth's Cola Banana Bread is a recipe for banana bread with Coca Cola. I named it after my sister-in-law because she likes banana bread and (back when I first made it) thought the addition of Coke was kind of fun. Update: I recently tried it with Dr Pepper for Dr Pepper Banana Bread.
Cola Banana Bread
There are a few different versions of the recipe, but the one I use is low-and-slow baked at 300 degrees (like Carol's Low Temperature Banana Bread), and calls for baking soda, which helps the banana bread develop a nice dark color. Of course the dark brown sugar and Coca Cola also help in that department. The result is a dense, not-too-banana-y, loaf with a unique flavor. I tasted the cinnamon, the Coca Cola, vanilla, banana and nuts. Fuzz (my daughter) who is not a real banana fan, really liked this. Update: I like the Dr Pepper version.
Flat Top Loaf
This loaf does not bake up into a dome. It bakes up into a flat-topped rectangle, so my advice is to serve it upside down like this. I think it might also work well as a small Bundt, though I haven't ever made it that way.
Beth's Cola Banana Bread
- 1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons flour (210 grams)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar (250 grams)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup mashed or pureed bananas
- ½ cup Coca Cola or Dr Pepper
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup toasted and chopped pecans if desired
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Grease and flour an 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch or a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Line with a strip of parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the oil, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs and bananas.
- Add half the flour mixture and stir until incorporated, then add the Coca Cola and remaining flour mixture and stir until mixed. Stir in the pecans.
- Pour into pan. Bake for about 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes).