So in the last handful of weeks there has been National Peanut Butter Day… then Pancake Day… now Banana Bread Day tomorrow? Can the next one pretty please be national Arugula Day? or Kale Day? and Quinoa Day has to be coming up soon, right? Give the food bloggers a fighting chance to stay thin for god’s sake…
But back to the holiday at hand… I was trying to think of a unique spin, something interesting and out-of-the-box to contribute to such a monumental occasion, but when it comes to banana bread I’m just such a purist. I only want to taste bananas, walnuts, and butter (I don’t actually use real butter, but still…)
My recipe is simple, light, healthy and delicious (and also vegan). I don’t like the texture of bananas, so I mash the crap out of them so that no huge chunks make their way in. I cut the sugar down to a minimum because the bananas provide so much natural sweetness already.
makes 1 regular-sized loaf, or 2 mini loaves
3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1.5 cups, post-mash)
1/4 cup earth balance butter or oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cup whole spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup white spelt flour (or all purpose flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
a few handfuls of chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk room temperature butter (or oil), with sugar, milk, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar.
Sift together flours, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Gently stir together the dry and wet mixtures. Fold in bananas and walnuts. Don’t over-stir, mix until ingredients are just combined to avoid dense bread. Top with a few extra walnuts.
Bake for 30-50 minutes depending on your oven. Bake mini-loaves for 25-30 minutes.
Note – I prefer mini-loafs because I find I can get them to bake more evenly throughout than full-sized loafs.