Plantain Cashew Bread

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We are a banana bread loving family, and we love to eat all forms of banana bread (bread with plantain, yellow banana,   etc).  But Plantain is other story, we love to eat them in any form fried, curried, fudge etc. But I haven’t tried them to convert a quick bread.
When a banana or plantain becomes ripest with its black skin, it is not appealing and no takers for it in my home. I usually convert them into some other goodies before that otherwise they will go to garbage. I need to make bread for Elisabeth’s event also. However I end up skipping the event as not able to post it last month.
 As Onam our harvest festival came on last week of last month, I was busy preparing feast for our festival and thus got only limited time for cooking. I am able to explore only when my hubby is home, watching the little ones.
On top of it my princess is doing too much mischief, which scares hell out me.  When she was 2 years old she tried eating the tissue paper and discovering which brand of tissue paper tastes best. Now she has discovered that she can put tissue paper in her nose. She works really hard to put rolled pieces of tissue paper in her nose.  Day before yesterday in evening, she was playing and put tissues in her nose.  I was able to pull out 3 -4 rolls from her nose immediately with my tweezers. But last one I was not able to get it out. We got scared and tried to call her doctor immediately, and as it is weekend only ER was available.  Labor Day weekend, it is really hard to see a doctor. Then we call our friend, my hubby’s friends wife, she is a pediatrician. She is our consulting pediatrician too, so when I called Beena she told us not to worry. If you guys are not able to take it out in the night, bring her here I will take it out for you. We tried a lot in the night, to help my daughter, but she would not let us take it out. So yesterday we made a visit to Beena’s house; and she took out in splits of second. She told us, this is nothing she encountered lot of her patients with plastic hooks, scotch tapes in their nose. While coming back, my prince decided to cry for about 45 minutes in the car. He started crying as soon as we got on the freeway and did not stop until we reached home.  
Coming back to this recipe, I am on a mission to use two ripest plantains, leftover heavy cream after making cream cheese Chantilly for daring bakers challenge and cashew nut. I used spices like ground cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. I have seen bread recipes with roasted plantain; but I skipped that part as not in a mood to roast them, and also my plantains were not holding the shape as they are too ripe. End result was delicious and moist plantain bread. It tasted great with cream cheese. I and my daughter tried it with cream cheese, hubby took as such. I used ½ cup whole wheat flour.  Here goes the recipe.
Take out all the ingredients for making bread
 Preheat oven to 350F, grease and flour the loaf pan and set aside. 
 Peel the skin of plantain and cut it into two pieces and then remove the center seeds and chop and finally using a potato masher, mash them  and set aside.
Swift the flour, spices, salt and set aside. Beat egg, sugar, oil and heavy cream, then gradually incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Then fold in mash plantain and crushed cashew nuts. Transfer to prepared  loaf pan and bake for about 55 mintues. 
Allow to cool the bread in the loaf pan for about 5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack for about 1 hours.
Then slice and enjoy with or without cream cheese. 

Plantain Cashew nut Bread

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Serves: 1 loaf


  • 2 Plantain( riper the best) mashed about 1 cup
  • 1 cup all purpose flour/ Maida
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat  flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3  cup canola oil
  • 1/2  cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream ( substitute with milk)
  • 1/4 ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 no of cardamom crushed and powederd
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup cashew nuts chopped coarsely
  • 3/4  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar( 1/8th teaspoon of cinnamon + 1 teaspoon of sugar)


Preheat the oven to 350  Fahrenheit.

Lightly grease the bottom and sides of an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan with oil and then flour the sides of pan.

Cut plantains into two pieces and remove the center seeded portion and  mash using a fork or potato masher and keep aside.

In a ziploc bag crush the cashew nut into coarse pieces using a roller.

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking soda,  ground clove, ground cinnamon, crushed cardamom and salt. Keep aside.

In a medium bowl beat egg with sugar and add oil and heavy cream  v and mix everything incorporated well.

Gradually add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix everything well.

Finally fold in mashed banana and add crushed  cashew and fold once again gently.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smoothen the tops with a spatula.

Bake for 55 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

Cool the bread in the pan for 5 minutes and remove it and cool in the wire rack for another 1 hour.


  1. Use milk instead of heavy cream, also you can substitute walnut  for  cashew nut

I am linking this delicious bread to Hearth and Soul blog hop 116 hosted here.
Favorite recipes: Breakfast recipes event hosted here.
Bake  Your Own bread by Girlichef


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  1. says

    Hey Swat! 😀 I gotta tell you, you need lots of protein shakes to keep up with your kids! You probably don’t need any workout at all with kids who keep you on your toes all the time! :)

    Coming to the recipe, if I were to eat plantains ever, this would be how I would like them! They end product looks awesome!! :)

  2. says

    Oh my!! You really have your hands full with those two :D.
    BTW your loaf looks marvelous. Love the even texture and can imagine that it must have tasted great too.

  3. says

    Reading about your daughter’s tissue adventure, did scare me…If my daughter would’ve done something like that, she wouldn’t allow me to touch her also and will keep crying..:(

    The bread looks awesome Swathi

  4. says

    I think you deserve at least 2 chunky pieces of this wonderful bread my friend, you are such a wonderful mum always there for your prince and princess :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. says

    Looks delicious, Never tried baking with plantains, but I will have to try this out for sure. Sounds like you had a really eventful weekend, glad everything worked out with the tissue paper :)

  6. says

    I only know of using plantain, just like you have mentioned – into curries and we love the crispy fried version very much. What a discovery that ripen plantains can be used for making bread. Awesome idea and thank you so much. I need to try out and see whether my family will love it.

  7. says

    Hi Swathi…What Kavi said that is true you need lots of energy drinks for handling naughty and cute kids. Belated wishes to Onam to you and your loved ones.
    Wonderful Bread looks yummy and delicious. Always I like your Baked recipes.

  8. says

    Wow, plaintain in bread, everytime i want to get those ripen plaintain from African’s grocery here,but somehow none at home like it,now i dont have any reason to make this bread, well done Swathi,excellent and beautifully baked bread.

  9. says

    i wonder how you manage so many tasks swathi! kids,blog posts,events, blog hops, baking partners, facebook…………, I appreciate it. bread looks delicious.

  10. says

    So your kids are doing their work…Keeping you on ur toes and making you miss your heart beats…:)..My sis had put a bead in her nose when she was small and 8 people had to hold her for the nurse to remove it…:)..
    Bread looks very yummy and loved the texture…

  11. says

    Okay, I’ll tell you something….when I was little, I put a bean in my nose and my mom had to take me to the hospital to have it removed!! I think that’s fairly common…don’t worry! This bread sounds awesome…I don’t why I’ve never thought to add cashews to a bread since they are my favorite nut! I’m happy that you’ve brought this lovely loaf by and added it to the BYOB basket this month. Thanks Swathi! =)

  12. says

    Swathi, I just love…love your plantain bread. Never wold have thought about substituting it for the bananas. Makes a lot of sense to incorporate very ripe plantains. I will certainly will make this yummy bread very soon, since we have such an abundance of plantains here in S. Florida, and Lora and I make plantains at least once or twice a week. Thanks for sharing, and BTW, you can still make a bread this month…a new month for ‘twelve loaves’ …which is originated by Lora. This month is breads with cheese…check it out!

  13. says

    I love cooking with bananas, and I love plantains. I think this was a great idea to use it, in this bread.

    Very nice!


  14. says

    Ur kiddo sounds soo cute and naughty! A bit scary to find out that a little one can stuff 3-4 tissues in that teeny tiny nose:-(
    I never had plantain other than fritters, chips or curry..This bread looks gorgeous. Loved the texture

  15. says

    What a stressful weekend you had! Why do kids put things up their noses? It’s so strange; they all do it though!! I’m glad it was all okay in the end.

    Your plantain cashew bread sounds delicious. I have eaten plantain, but never in a quick bread; it’s a great idea to use it! Cashews are my favourite nut too, so I think this would be wonderful.

  16. says

    omg, why do kids like to freak their parents out!? the last i heard a friend’s little son put 3 tires of his toy car in his mouth, and they could remove only 2. they thought of waiting until next day to see if 1 tire comes out. so scary!

  17. says

    Oh goodness, kids can be so scary! And then they grow up and start driving! :) I am so glad your princess is okay!

    Your bread looks wonderful! What a delicious twist on banana bread.

  18. says

    Oh goodness, kids can be so scary! And then they grow up and start driving! :) I am so glad your princess is okay!

    Your bread looks wonderful! What a delicious twist on banana bread.