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My Beloved Banana Bread Recipe is Vegan

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My family craves a little treat after dinner, and luckily they love banana bread. Its a healthier treat that’s fun to make! My beloved recipe is also vegan.

 

Banana bread is a treat that I frequently make for my family because its healthier and naturally sweet. My husband and little girl love it and frequently request it. This banana bread recipe is their favorite, and its also vegan! My little one loves having something sweet after dinner, so having this beloved bread on hand is a must. This recipe is easy and fun to make, and I love that!

My recipe was adapted from a traditional vegan banana muffin recipe on the It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken blog. Something I’ve found in banana bread and muffin recipes is that their sugar content is unnecessarily high. Bananas are naturally sweet, so you can use a lot less sugar. The original recipe called for 3/4 cup of sugar, which is too much. Therefore I use only 1/2 cup of sugar. I also add some extras like sunflower seeds and cinnamon!

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When making this banana bread recipe, I prefer to use extremely ripe bananas. Normally I let three get over ripe, then throw them in the freezer to store them. I then defrost them a bit prior to using them, which is key! Using over ripe bananas adds another level of deliciousness to this bread. The bananas end up being sticky and make the bread extremely moist.

Personally, I like to bake my banana bread on low heat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes. Many other recipes, such as the one I adapted this from, recommend baking on higher heat for a shorter time. I find that the bread turns out a bit dry with that method. Lower heat keeps the moistness in, while still creating a nice browning effect on top.

 

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

 

Recipe Details:

  • Prep Time: 12 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Total Time: 62 minutes
  • Yields: 1 Loaf (12 servings) or 1 Brownie Pan (24 servings)

 

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I prefer to use a brownie pan for 24 delicious pieces of banana bread.

 

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2-3 medium ripe bananas (frozen and thawed), mashed
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk (I use almond)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Optional Ingredients:

  • Sunflower seeds (or any nut you like)
  • Extra cinnamon for topping

 

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray your loaf or brownie pan. I prefer to use a brownie pan for more servings.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients together.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together your mashed banana with all of the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together. Be careful not to over mix. If you want to add nuts, you can add them to the batter now or hold off and top it once it’s in the pan.
  5. Pour your batter into your loaf or brownie pan and shake it to make sure it’s even all around. Top with sunflower seeds and cinnamon.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes. The top should be a light golden brown.
  7. Remove from your oven and let it cool. Cut and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, or freeze.

 

Meet Your Baker:

Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Host at BuzzChomp. She’s an Actress, Writer, Director and Producer. Get lost in her Youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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