Blackstrap Molasses Banana Bread.

This is an easy one bowl banana bread with blackstrap molasses. The bananas are some green ones I had that ripened before I got to cooking the last of the harvested batch from our garden.

Yes. You can use green banana too if they ripen before you get to cook them. Do not throw them out. If they are more than you can use, peel and freeze them in ziplock bags.

I do the same with fast ripening yellow banana and plantains. I pack three to four at a time and they come in handy when baking quick bread, for smoothies and pancakes too.

I used blackstrap molasses to make it healthy and I need the iron boost. The flavour is not overpowering and blends well with the mixed spices and makes the bread have a dark rich colour.

This is a straightforward recipe. You will need:-

  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 5-overripe green bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil – I like using coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp mixed spices blend (mine had ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom).
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp caramel essence, vanilla will work too.
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional).

Method.

  • Blend the wet ingredients and pour into a bowl, add the dry ingredients to it. mix and add to your parchment lined cake pan.
  • Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about an hour, (start checking at 50 minutes mark), till skewer comes out clean.

There are green bananas that had been harvested in our garden, and ripened before I could use them all up.
The best thing about this is you can pour all your wet ingredients and whizz them in the blender, it is faster and ensures they all incorporate well.
The blackstrap molasses and dark brown sugar make the batter look a bit dark which is ok.
My son likes peeking to watch the cake rise.
Let it rest about 15 minutes in the cake pan before removing it to let it cool on a rack.
The cake is moist, has a rich colour, smells and tastes amazing.
Perfect for tea, snack or with custard as a dessert. It is soft, moist, delicious and so aromatic.

Definitely worth a try!

Blackstrap Molasses.

Blackstrap Molasses is a viscous, thick, dark sticky liquid that is left after boiling sugarcane.

It is not sickly sweet, or too bitter, but has a deep flavour that may take some getting used to. It is nutrient rich; still having all the nutrients absorbed by the plant. Manganese, Iron, copper, magnesium, potassium are just some of the minerals it contains.

It is a must have in my kitchen. I get mine from Eastnat Foods.

They are having a sale at the moment on blackstrap molasses as well as their other products. Visit their site https://eastnatfoods.com to check what else is on offer. The store is located in Nairobi, and one can shop online from their website as well as inquire if they can deliver to your location.

I use blackstrap molasses for so many things:-

  • Marinade : For meats such as chicken and pork.
  • Sauce: To add to fried meats.
  • Hair mask: I use it as a pre poo treatment for my natural hair, with a bit of cocoa butter, or coconut oil. It reduces frizz, makes hair soft and easier to detangle.
  • Tonic; I like putting some into a glass of warm water and drink first thing in the morning a few times a week. Sometimes I add some apple cider vinegar or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Smoothies. Just a little bit goes a long way, but it does add an interesting depth of flavour to naturally sweet smoothies.
  • Baking; Cookies and savoury dishes.

When using it, one has to be careful as the flavour is really strong for some, and a little goes a long way. It also doesn’t spoil fast, just store it in a cool, dry place, it will last ages.

I use it in making my Sweet and Sticky Wings, and my Pineapple, ginger and honey chicken recipes, which are already up here on the blog.

Sweet and sticky wings made with blackstrap molasses.

I also mix it with some ketchup, honey to make a kind of barbecue sauce that’s perfect for sautéed sausage.

As a tonic, I usually take a tbsp with same amount of Apple cider vinegar in a large glass of warm water first thing in the morning. It is an iron boosting tonic, and cleansing too, it will push all that stuck food in your gut out. (bye bye constipation).

As a face mask, I just use a bit when washing my face then cleanse with warm water. For hair, I mix it with some melted cocoa butter (which I also get from Eastnat limited). Apply on my hair for 15-20 minutes, then give it a good wash.

It makes my hair softer to manage, less frizz and less shedding.

How do you use your blackstrap molasses?

Sweet and Sticky Wings.

This recipe is perfect when you are craving something sweet, sticky and finger licking good.

It doesn’t need many ingredients, is easy to make and the taste is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Ingredients are :-

  • About 400g chicken wings, cleaned and cut into two.
  • 1 minced garlic clove.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Coca Cola soda. (Coke).
  • 1 tbsp black strap molasses.
  • 2 tbsp honey.
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice (I lemon).
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds.

Method.

Pat the wings dry and rub some salt, pepper and the crushed garlic clove all over them well.

Heat a non stick pan and fry the wings till brown on both sides. This will take about ten minutes.

In a bowl, mix the honey, molasses and lemon juice into a smooth, thickish mixture.

Add the soda and mix well too.

Add the coke and molasses mix to the chicken, cover and let simmer for about 30 minutes.

The sauce will thicken and add a nice colour to the wings, ensure they do not burn.

Once ready, garnish with the coriander and sesame seeds, serve immediately and dig in for a really tasty snack.

The chicken is moist on the inside, has a lovely brown colour on the outside and a sweet taste that is not sickeningly sweet, thanks to the deep blackstrap molasses flavour. It is seriously sticky and what better way to enjoy them than eating with your hands to enjoy the full taste?

The wings are really tasty and really sticky.

Don’t blame me if you find yourself licking your fingers. 🤪

These wings are one sticky situation you will not mind being stuck in!