Dessert is my favorite meal. Sometimes I think I eat savory food just to get to the sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I could eat BBQ every day of the week, and I don’t want to lose my BBQ street cred, but I will always take chocolate cake over pulled pork, it’s a sickness. One day I was browsing Instagram and I saw Lanes BBQ post about their dessert seasonings and I had to know more. Turns out they offer four dessert seasonings: Homemade Apple Pie, Blueberry Muffin, Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Sea-Salt Caramel.
I purchased the desserts 4 pack gift set in the sample size this way I could give everything a try and see which one(s) I like the best. First, I want to give major kudos to Lanes for their stellar tracking system. I would get almost daily updates letting me know the status of my order and when it should arrive, it was really impressive. When the package arrived, naturally I opened each one to smell and taste them. They smelled like you would expect, the blueberry smelled like a blueberry muffin, apple pie like apple pie and so on. I knew they were dessert seasonings, but for some reason I was still surprised at their sweetness after tasting them.
I had some bananas that were going bad so I decided to make a banana bread. I honestly couldn’t decide which seasoning to use, but ultimately went with the Chocolate Sea-Salt Caramel for the batter and Homemade Apple Pie for a dusting on the top. In full disclosure, the first time I made this I didn’t take into account the salt content of the Chocolate Sea-Salt Caramel so my first batch was way too salty, so I had to make another bread with the appropriate adjustments. Once I found the right balance, the banana bread was awesome! If you have never baked on the pellet grill, don’t be scared, you will not get a strong smoke flavor, it’s just like baking in the oven, but way more fun and your house doesn’t get hot. Although, I do miss the smell of something baking wafting through the house, but now my neighbors just get to enjoy the smell too.
Below is my recipe for a healthy banana bread that I used with the Lanes BBQ dessert seasonings, but if you don’t have them you can still make this bread, it’s going to be delicious either way. I went simple this time, but when making banana bread feel free to experiment, add some nuts or shredded coconut, or chocolate chips or even your favorite dried fruit. The options are endless once you have a solid base. I was aiming for a healthier bread recipe so I used white whole wheat flour, but regular all purpose flour would work great too. I mashed all my bananas up together this time, but sometimes I save one and either slice it or mash it a little less so it’s chunkier, this way I get nice slices or chunks of banana in my bread for some added texture. Have some fun and play around with it to make it how you like.
I think next I am going to try blueberry muffins with the Blueberry Muffin seasoning, and a berry cobbler with the strawberry shortcake one. I hope my friends and neighbors are hungry, because I see a lot of baking in my very near future.
Have you tried Lanes BBQ Dessert Seasonings? If so, I would love to hear which one is your favorite and how you have used them. I would also love to hear your favorite banana bread recipe, I am always looking to try new recipes.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this review, and I did not receive any free goods. This was purchased with my own money, I have no affiliation with Lanes BBQ.
After receiving the Lanes BBQ dessert rubs, I knew I wanted to try them with a banana bread. This recipe is great on its own, but the rubs really took it to a new level.
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (I used honey)
- 2 eggs
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed (you could use less, but it will reduce the sweetness and moisture a bit)
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 – 1 tsp Lanes BBQ Chocolate Sea-Salt Caramel seasoning
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cup white whole wheat pastry flour
- pinch Lanes BBQ Homemade Apple Pie seasoning
- Optional: If you do not have the Lanes BBQ seasoning, then just sub for 1/2 tsp salt
- Optional: If you like nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes or chocolate chips in your banana bread you can add about 1/2 cup of each in as well. Or you can mash up 3 bananas and then slice up the 4th or leave bigger chunks in the 4th so you have pieces of banana throughout the bread.
- Preheat Pellet Grill (or regular oven) to 325 degrees.
- Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan, and set aside.
- In a small bowl mash up your bananas and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil and honey. Add the eggs and beat until combined. Then add the mashed bananas, milk and vanilla extract. ***if the coconut oil solidifies, pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds)
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, Lanes BBQ Chocolate Sea-Salt Caramel seasoning (or salt), and cinnamon and whisk together until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir with a spoon until just combined, you don’t want to over mix the batter. Don’t worry if there are some lumps, a little is ok, just make sure all the dry ingredients are combined.
- If you are added nuts, fruit, coconut, chocolate, etc…gently fold that into the batter now.
- Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and then sprinkle Lanes BBQ Homemade Apple Pie seasoning on top. If you don’t have the Lanes rub, then sprinkle the top with some cinnamon or even apple or pumpkin pie spice for a little extra flavor.
- Bakes for roughly 50 minutes. I recommend checking at the 45 minute mark, especially to make sure the top isn’t browning too much. If the top is browning but the bread needs more time, cover it with aluminum foil and continue cooking. You will know it’s done when a you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
- Let it cool for about 10 minutes, than transfer to a wire rack to cool for another 10 minutes or so, then slice and enjoy!
I prepared this with white whole wheat flour, but you could use all purpose or regular whole wheat flour too.