Transform banana bread into a next-level holiday dessert. This tropical take on bread pudding brings warm Caribbean breezes to chilly winter kitchens. Raisins and dark chocolate chips all feel perfectly at home here, too.
In baking (aka kitchen chemistry), measuring ingredients accurately is essential for a flawless outcome. Level measures of dry goods with the back of a knife, and use a liquid measuring cup for all liquids.
Employ your favourite store-bought whole wheat or gluten-free banana bread for last-minute guests.
For banana bread, preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line standard loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 in/23 x 13 x 6 cm) with parchment paper, leaving overhang for removal.
In large bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, eggs, and sugar followed by milk and coconut oil. Using fine-mesh sieve, sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until just combined and smooth into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until toothpick or skewer inserted in centre comes out mostly clean (do not overbake). Cool for 1 hour in pan, loosen edges, remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Cut into large (1 in/2.5 cm) cubes.
For pudding, preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). In large mixing bowl, whisk coconut milk and rum until combined. Add cubed banana bread and gently fold in until bread is coated with milk mixture. Transfer to 8 x 8 in (20 x 20 cm) glass or ceramic baking dish and sprinkle evenly with demerara or coconut sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until dry on top and cooked through (test with knife in centre; bread should be hot but still moist). Serve warm garnished with a little flaked coconut and sliced banana.
This recipe is part of the Next-Level Holiday Baking collection.
You might think of protein as something you mainly get from a meal and, therefore, not a component of dessert. But, if you’re going to opt for dessert from time to time, why not consider working in ingredients that go big on this important macronutrient? It’s easier (and more delicious) than you may think! Protein is an essential part of every cell in your body and plays a starring role in bone, muscle, and skin health. So, certainly, you want to make sure you’re eating enough. And it’s best to spread protein intake throughout the day, since your body needs a continual supply. This is why it can be a great idea to try to include protein in your desserts. When protein is provided in sufficient amounts in a dessert, it may help you feel more satiated and help temper blood sugar swings. Plus, in many cases, that protein comes in a package of other nutritional benefits. For instance, if you’re eating a dessert made with protein-packed Greek yogurt, you’re not just getting protein; you’re getting all the yogurt’s bone-benefitting calcium and immune-boosting probiotics, too. Adding nuts to your dessert doesn’t just provide plant-based protein, but it also provides heart-healthy fats. Yes, desserts need not be just empty calories. Ready for a treat? These protein-filled desserts with a healthy twist are dietitian-approved—and delicious.
Tender tofu and fresh-tasting mango sauce combine to make a nutritious, Japanese-style dessert with little effort. But don’t worry: your dessert will not taste beany. Silken soft tofu has a rather neutral flavour. The key here is to use blocks of very soft tofu as opposed to firm or extra-firm versions. Silken tofu is undrained and unpressed tofu. It has the highest water content of all types of tofu and is made by coagulating soy milk without curdling it. It’s ultra-soft texture means it can be easily blended with other ingredients and used to boost protein numbers in puddings, cakes, tarts, ice cream, and even smoothies.
Fool is a classic English dessert made, traditionally, by folding a stewed fruit into a creamy, sweet custard. This modern take adds layers of sweet pumpkin flavour and swaps out much of the cream for higher-protein Greek yogurt. The crunchy chocolate topping is a special finishing touch. Beat it It’s the fat in cream that helps trap air bubbles that make it light and fluffy. If it gets too warm, the fat melts and the air escapes. Start with a cold bowl and beaters (or a cold balloon whisk, if you’re whipping by hand). Put your bowl (ideally a stainless one) and beaters in the freezer for 15 minutes before whipping. They’ll chill easily and help keep everything cool during the whipping process.
Blondies are basically “blonde brownies.” There is no cocoa or melted chocolate in the batter of a blondie. Here, the nutritionally lacklustre all-purpose flour is swapped out for puréed beans for a higher dose of protein. The end result is just as tender and chewy without any noticeable bean flavour. A great potluck dessert option, too. If desired, chopped nuts can be used instead of chocolate chips. Squeeze play To easily fit a piece of parchment paper into a baking dish, run it under cold water for a couple of seconds, scrunch it up, and then squeeze out the excess moisture. Now it will effortlessly form into the pan.