Spent Grain Banana Bread

This was the final product. A little too moist, and very crumbly. I love it!

This was the final product. A little too moist, and very crumbly. I love it!

So, I had a bunch of five bananas, and a whole passel of spent grain. So, I really wanted to try out he Spent Grain Banana Bread from the Brooklyn Brewers. I used some of my darker spent grain (I am pretty sure there was some roasted malt in there, giving it a bitter taste).  All in all, the bread turned out ok. It was like a mix of whole wheat bread and banana bread (somehow deluding me into thinking it was healthier.)

A freshly baked loaf smells fantastic!

A freshly baked loaf smells fantastic!

I really wanted banana bread with more of  a banana like flavor. So, I decided to adjust the recipe and use wet spent grain (straight from the mash). I like wet spent grain, as it has larger particulates in it, and in my eyes, a richer flavor. It also feels as though more of the fiber is left intact.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 cup wet Spent Grain (I used the stuff from the cheesecake stout that we are bottling tonight).
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 very-ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Heat the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, and cream in the sugar.  Stir the eggs to the mixture.

3. Smoosh the bananas on a plate with a fork, add them into the wet mixture.

4. Stir in the salt and baking powder.

5. Add the wet spent grain into the mix.

6. Finally, stir in the flour.

7. Butter the bread dish and pour in the batter.

8. Bake it in the oven for 1 hour and 15 min (or until done).  Let cool and enjoy!

This is what the banana bread looked like before transferring to the oven.

This is what the banana bread looked like before transferring to the oven.

In retrospect, I think a little more flour would be helpful. Spent grains don’t coalesce like flours do. But the taste is amazing! So I would definitely make this again, reducing the wet spent grain by 1/4 c.

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