Growing up, banana bread was a staple in my house. Why? Because it’s a delicious way to use up all those old bananas you forgot to finish eating. And if there is one thing I love to do, it’s to eat leftovers and use up ingredients lying around my house–rather than throwing them out. Waste not, want not!
So, this MEATLESS MONDAY, I give you the Vegan Banana Bread recipe I came up with to fill the banana bread void that formed when I stopped eating dairy and eggs.
DELICIOUS VEGAN BANANA BREAD:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegan butter (like Earth Balance)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (or 3/4 cup unrefined sugar and 1 TBSP molasses.)
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan using vegan butter. In a large bowl use a whisk to combine flour, baking soda, and salt–set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together vegan butter and brown sugar. Fold in apple sauce and mashed bananas. Continue to fold until all wet ingredients are well blended.
Slowly stir flour mixture into the banana mixture. Stir until all dry ingredients are moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
This weeks #MEATLESSMONDAY recipe will fall under the “Junk Food Vegan” tag. Does that mean you shouldn’t make it? Of course not, but always remember to eat sweets in moderation. For me, the flavor of this bread will always bring be back to my 9-year-old-self in the kitchen with my Grandma. Me balancing on a kitchen chair, on my knees, a piece of warm banana bread slathered with too much butter, and her dipping her slice into a mug of hot tea. Food is about family, memories, socializing. It brings us together to celebrate, to share happy and sad moments.
Yes, for some, veganism is about living an ethical life–for others and yourself. So always be kind. A little bit of kindness, and warm banana bread, goes a long way.