Gold Bar Banana Bread

1/22/2012 09:32:00 PM

Happy Chinese New Year eve everybody!  I'm so looking forward to the Year of the Dragon.  It's supposed to be a lucky one, especially for rats like me!  Judging from Twitter and Facebook, lots of my friends are busy eating today!  As for me, we'll be having Reunion Dinner at my parents' house later tonight, and today was a huuge day of cleaning and sweeping and wiping and washing to get my flat in tiptop shape for the big day tomorrow.  Of course, I made some time for a little baking too!  Phew, I am exhausted!  And so glad to have a little sneaky time to sit down and blog.

Clearing out the freezer and cupboards today, I found a whole lotta frozen bananas, and lots of other little goodies, and decided to make a special, super-lucky Chinese New Year version of my favourite choc chip banana bread.  I trust you'll indulge me in my superstitious Chinese symbolism!

Firstly, I made them in a mini loaf tin, to resemble gold bars.  Yeah, money!  (Or "prosperity" if we're going for the whole Chinese cliché!)

I also added heaps of add-ins to the batter, representing abundance.

I chose the macadamias for their luxuriousness, and the fact that they kinda look like little coins.  Ditto the white chocolate buttons.  (I used the milk chocolate chips because I wanted to finish off the packet I had in the cupboard.  And they taste awesome).  I added the chia for extra healthy goodness.  Also, the word "chia" means "eat" in Hokkien - representing a wish for lots of good things to eat this year!

They smelled so good in the oven! It's been total torture not eating them, but I want to continue the lucky theme and take all eight (lucky 8!) of them to the Reunion Dinner tonight.  Cannot wait!

Gold Bar Banana Bread
Adapted from Bill Granger's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Makes 8 mini loaves

250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
125g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
4 ripe mashed bananas
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (milk, white, dark or a combination)
1 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
3 tbs chia seeds

Preheat the oven to 180C.  Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.

Mix the butter, sugar, banana, eggs, vanilla extract, chocolate and nuts in a separate bowl. Add the chia seeds, flour and baking powder, and stir gently to combine.  Do not overmix.

Pour the batter into a lightly greased miniature loaf tray.  Bake for 45 minutes, or until the loaves are cooked when tested with a skewer.  Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Happy New Year!

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  1. Happy new year! Banana bread with macadamias sounds prosperous indeed :D

  2. Happy New Year Sarah!
    They look so cute tied with the lucky red ribbon!

  3. Hello!! Happy CNY to you too and may you have a wonderful and prosperous new year :) Go Rats! You're younger than me but don't expect ang pows :P

  4. I love banana bread in all shapes and forms.. so why not gold bars! Bring it on!



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