Banana Bread Again… But This Time it’s Vegan!

OK…so I know that I just posted a banana bread recipe…but once I realized that there are SO many vegan versions and many of them are NOT delicious, I decided that I needed to post one.  It just so happens that it ended up being so lovely looking that I created a photography studio out of my kitchen!  Hopefully these pictures entice you into making this simple recipe yourselves.

In my search for the perfect vegan banana I stumbled upon this page: http://sugarandcinnamon.com/2013/11/04/wholesome-vegan-banana-bread/?blogsub=confirmed#blog_subscription-3.  (It is a beautiful blog by the way…I definitely recommend checking it out!)  It had a modification of a recipe from one of the Moosewood Cookbooks.  A quick word on the Moosewood Cookbooks…they are AWESOME.  If you are a vegetarian you need to get your hands on one.  I believe you can buy most of them on Amazon.

Unfortunately I did not have all of the ingredients called for in that recipe, so here is what I used!

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Vegan Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8-10 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/3 cup black coffee
  • 2 tablespoons milled flax seeds with 4 tablespoons water (egg substitute)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plain applesauce
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper.
  3. Mash the bananas in a bowl until most of the large chunks are gone.
  4. In another bowl, combine the olive oil, applesauce, and brown sugar.
  5. After the flax seed+water mixture has thickened (I waited about 5 minutes) add it to the oil+applesauce+sugar bowl.
  6. Now add in the coffee and mashed bananas and mix evenly.
  7. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, and cinnamon in a separate bowl (or just add them all to your sifter) then sift it into the batter.
  8. Stir in the walnuts until everything is evenly distributed.
  9. Sprinkle some more walnuts on top if you'd like!
  10. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean (mine took a little over 50 minutes...but we have an old oven so keep an eye on it!)
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This weekend we had another egg decorating get-together (check out my other post on decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs here: http://katielean.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/crafting-ukrainian-easter-eggs/) and this recipe was a big hit!  Because it has healthy fats from the walnuts, flax seeds, and olive oil it is much less guilt-inducing than something like a muffin, cake, or even another type of bread.  It makes a great dessert alternative or special breakfast.  Also, it has a lot less added sugar (sugar not coming from the bananas or applesauce) than most recipes do and is actually quite filling!

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Perfect Banana Bread

I LOVE banana bread. I love any type of bread, really. It seems like every time I’ve been home from school this year my mom has had some of her homemade banana bread at the ready for me. I know she has modified her recipe from a lot of different sources, but the one that comes close to it is this one: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/ But in case you don’t feel like following that link, here is the way my mom makes it, with her modifications added in!

Perfect Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 8-10 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas (depends on how big they are)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (about a pinch)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl (we mash them with a wooden spoon after cutting them into slices).
  3. Add the melted butter to the mashed bananas.
  4. Stir in the sugar, egg (whisk it first!), and vanilla
  5. Dust the baking soda on top of the batter and wait a couple of minutes for it to settle.
  6. Add the salt and then the flour. Mix well!
  7. Prepare an 8x4 inch pan by lining it with parchment paper (make sure the paper covers the bottom and the sides, you want it so the loaf is easy to remove). An added benefit of using parchment paper instead of cooking spray is there is no added greasiness or fat!
  8. Pour the batter into the pan.
  9. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Enjoy!
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Modifications to this recipe:

-Add in 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of mini semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips…SO delicious
-Substitute the egg for 1 tablespoon of milled flax seeds + 3 tablespoons of water or 1/3 of a cup of applesauce. If you want to make this recipe vegan, use one of the egg substitutes and substitute the butter for one of the options here: http://www.fitsugar.com/How-Replace-Butter-When-Baking-21875486 (note: Greek yogurt and Earth Balance are not vegan)
-Swirl in some cinnamon to add some spice!
-Chopped walnuts taste amazing with banana bread…mix some in with the batter and sprinkle some on top for added crunch.

Happy eating!