Easy peasy vegan banana bread and oh so good!
Who doesn’t always have very ripe bananas? Well, I guess if you don’t like them or don’t eat them then you probably don’t have any. Bananas can be really hard to keep up with. For some reason, they seem to multiply really fast around here.
Thankfully, I love to freeze them and use them in smoothies and nana ice cream (aka nice cream) and banana bread or banana muffins.
Waste Not Want Not
Quick breads, like banana bread, are great because of course, they’re QUICK – no mystery there! But, besides being quick, they’re often the perfect way to use up a fruit or vegetable you might have an abundance of like zucchini or bananas that you might otherwise throw away.
Freeze Those Babies
So quick breads are good thing – they come to the rescue when you don’t want to waste that precious food and, as a bonus, they freeze well too.
So if you’re not going to eat the bread right away, freeze a few loaves and you’ll probably enjoy them even more at a later date. It’ll be great to reap the benefits of the work you’ve already done.
Have Banana Bread – Will Travel
Sorry guys – feeling a little foolish today Lol! Did you know that the saying “Have Gun – Will Travel” even though it was a 50’s television show, was taken from a catchphrase back in the day that meant that person or thing was ready for anything.
So in this instance – Quick breads, like banana breads are very good travelers willing to go anywhere you want to take them!
Whether you bring a whole loaf with you or slices, they’re a perfect portable snack or dessert to take with you in your lunch and they even make great trip food.
And, besides all the glorious praise of the lowly banana bread above, one thing I don’t want to forget to mention. You can make it all in one bowl – how great is that? Any way we can save time and extra messes is good by me. I’m sure you agree.
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup organic sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups mashed very ripe bananas, about 4 large
- 1/4 cup mild oil of your choice
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- banana slices (coins) for the top edges (optional)
First preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then combine the almond milk and the apple cider vinegar in a large bowl and let it sit for about 2 minutes
Add the bananas and mash them, then add the oil, maple syrup and vanilla and combine
Add your sugar, brown sugar, crumble with your hand as you add it, and a sifted combination of the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together until just combined - don't overmix
Add the batter to a 9" x 5" loaf pan lined with parchment paper that is large enough to come up both sides beyond the level of the batter. Spray the bottom part of the parchment paper with a little cooking spray or brush with a little oil before adding the batter.
This makes it very easy to remove the loaf from the pan after it's baked.
Top with chopped walnuts or banana coins if you wish and press them gently into the batter so they won't just roll off.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let the loaf cool in the pan on a trivet or metal cooling rack for about 10 minutes and then remove the loaf from the pan with the parchment still surrounding it
When it is still warm but cool enough to handle, gently peel off the parchment paper and return to the rack
To keep it nice and moist and the flavors blended well, wrap the loaf in plastic wrap when it is still SLIGHTLY warm not HOT and then wrap it again with foil.
Add muffin papers to your muffin pan and use 1/3 cup of the batter in each - will make 12 muffins
Top with chopped nuts of your choice, pecans or walnuts are good
*Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 - 22 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean*
So get those bananas mashed and ready for a delicious creation.
Did you know that banana bread is one of the most popular and searched for recipes on the Internet? Little known fact…or maybe you already knew that!
Hope you enjoy it –
Have a good day y’all