After I got back from India, my hands were itching to delve into baking. So after more than 4 months of non baking days, I finally started baking. This week I have been baking almost everyday. My older one has gotten used to eating home baked after school snack so much that she directly peeps into the oven as soon as she gets home. So I am kind of being challenged. The other day when I didn't bake anything, she kind of looked at me like 'what? you didn't bake anything for me today?'. By the way, she gave me a list of items she wants to bake at home..So expect a lot of (?) baking from me for some time! 

Anyway coming to this recipe, I read a lot about the goodness of barley when I was in India. The dietary fiber in barley is highly beneficial. More info about barley here. So I thought baking with barley flour would be a good way to start. I googled and found that Priya of priya's easy n tasty recipes has already baked a bread with barley flour. Needless to say I adapted her recipe to make my own version of the bread. Also I have made a vegan version of the bread. So please free to substitute vegetable oil for butter , water for milk.

Ingredients - 

Dry Ingredients - 

Barley Flour 1 cup
All purpose flour 1/2 cup
Almonds crushed 1/4 cup
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Baking Soda 1 tsp
Cinnamon 1 tsp (Optional)
Fresh Dates chopped 1/4 cup
Wet Ingredients - 

Over ripe bananas 2
Sugar 1 cup
Vegetable oil 1/4 cup
Water 1/4 cup

Method Of Preparation - 

Preheat the oven to 350F

Measure all the dry ingredients and mix them in a mixing bowl. Chop, measure and mix the almonds to the dry ingredients. 

Make banana puree adding the over ripe bananas, oil , sugar and water.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients and gently mix them. The batter shouldn't be too runny.

Prepare a bread pan either by spraying oil or by spreading a parchment paper. I found using the parchment paper very easy.

Bake for about 40-45 min. I baked mine for 45 min.  

Make sure the top is brown and firm and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a rack in the pan for about 5 min and then slice it after it cools completely. 
I am sending this to Champa's 'Bake off Event for 10/01/2010'

Makes approx. 10 slices

Preparation Time  10 min

Baking time 45 min

Posted by Harini on Wednesday, September 29, 2010


  1. Champa Says:
  2. Thanks for taking time to leave me comments Harini. I really appreciate it. Thanks for the entry. It sure sounds healthy and yummy.

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Woww wat a healthy bread..very tempting..

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