Sweet Delicious Apricot Almond Banana Bread

Posted on Jul 3, 2018


I think my obsession with banana bread is well known on this blog. I have more banana bread recipes than any other kind of recipe, and I have no plans on stopping. This Apricot Almond Banana Bread is a fantastic addition to my ever-increasing list.

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Sliced Apricot Almond Banana Bread | BakeThenEat.com

Let’s get fruity and a bit nutty!

I have packed this banana bread with a load of fruit, 3 large sweet ripe bananas and plenty of sweet squidgy semi-dried apricots. I prefer to use semi-dried apricots for this bread as they are a little more fleshy than fully dried ones. But if you are finding them hard to come by, dried ones will still make a lovely loaf.


Semi-dried ones will help to make each bite sweet, tender and moist. To add yet another dimension to this banana bread I used ground almonds or almond flour if you prefer and a dash of almond extract. The almond flavour is subtle and leaves you with a lovely almondy aftertaste.

 

A sweet loaf of Apricot Almond Banana Bread | BakeThenEat.com

 

If you happen to have a nut allergy then there is still no reason you can’t enjoy this banana bread. Simply replace the almond flour with regular plain / all-purpose flour and use vanilla extract instead of almond extract. So while it technically won’t be apricot almond banana bread, you will still have a wonderful apricot banana bread.

 

A sliced up loaf of Apricot Almond Banana Bread | BakeThenEat.com

A little butter & oil.

I have used a combination of butter and oil in this apricot almond banana bread. Butter gives us a richer flavour and a more tender crumb. Oil helps to keep this bread moist for days, not that it is going to last that long, I barely made it past day 2 as I just couldn’t stop eating this banana bread. It’s definitely in my top three ever banana breads.

 

A slice of Apricot Almond Banana Bread | BakeThenEat.com

 

This makes a lovely breakfast treat, a wonderful mid-morning snack or an amazing afternoon treat. With or without a little extra butter is completely up to you.

 

A buttered slice of Apricot Almond Banana Bread | BakeThenEat.com

Recipe:

Sweet Delicious Apricot Almond Banana Bread

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 9 slices

Apricot Almond Banana Bread is a sweet tender bread packed full of bananas and semi-dried apricots. The flavour is rounded out with almond flour and almond extract.

Ingredients

  • 125 grams plain/all-purpose flour (1 cup)
  • 50 grams almond flour (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas - mashed
  • 50 grams unsalted butter - melted (1/4 cup)
  • 60 millilitres vegetable oil (1/4 cup)
  • 150 grams dark brown sugar (3/4 cup - packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 130 grams semi-dried apricots - chopped (1/2 cup or 16 whole ones)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4 and either line or lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin, and place to one side.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the plain/all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt then place it aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add in the mashed bananas and mix them with the melted butter and oil.
  4. Then add the sugar, egg and almond extract and mix until smooth.
  5. Pour in the dry ingredients and with a gentle hand fold them in together.
  6. Then fold in the chopped semi-dried apricots and transfer the batter into your prepared loaf tin.
  7. Place the loaf tin into your hot oven in the centre.
  8. I have a very slow oven so it took an hour to bake through but check on your loaf at the 50-minute mark. An inserted pick should come out clean, or with only a few crumbs on it.
  9. Once baked through, leave your loaf to cool for 5 minutes in the tin. Then gently turn it out onto a wire rack to fully cool down.
  10. This loaf can be kept in a cool environment in an airtight tin for 5 days. This loaf also freezes well, either freeze it as a whole or cut it up into slices and freeze the individual slices.

Courses Loafs

Cuisine British

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Slice

Amount Per Serving

Calories 288

% Daily Value

Total Fat 15.2 g

23%

Saturated Fat 4.9 g

25%

Cholesterol 34 mg

11%

Sodium 141 mg

6%

Total Carbohydrates 34.8 g

12%

Dietary Fiber 2.6 g

10%

Sugars 18.5 g

Protein 4.4 g

9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

12 Comments

  1. this is the moistest!! I love the interesting flavor of apricots but I’ve never added them to banana bread–must do!

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    • Thanks, Grace, apricots go really well with banana. I hope you manage to try it out sometime 🙂

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  2. This recipes comes at perfect timing as we have a surplus of bananas. We are all about getting fruity and nutty with this delicious breakfast bread!

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    • Thank you, banana bread is a great way to use up overripe bananas.

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  3. Fruity and nutty works for me! And the apricots this year are amazing – do you suppose fresh would work?

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    • Hi David, I think fresh would be fine if they were chopped up quite small.

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  4. I love my banana bread loaded with fruit too. This looks really moist..almost like X’mas fruit bread. Very yummy!

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    • It would be perfect for Christmas Angie, thank you 🙂

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