I hate to sound redundant, but it simply amazes me when I achieve brilliant results in baking with out the aid of animal products. There was a time when I truly believed that nothing could be baked successfully with out butter, milk and eggs. Yet this recipe for vegan banana nut bread is simply deliciously outstanding!
Think twice before you buy
I am a conscious consumer, which doesn’t always make life easy for me. There was a time when I boycotted bananas. The crop had to travel a long way to reach my doorstep. I’d say that my kids were clearly not raised with bananas in the house. I stuck to that philosophy for a long, long time. It wasn’t until I moved to Europe that I began reinstating the banana in the house. It was out of a motherly instinct to offer a bit more variety and packed nutrition in our daily fruit intake.
Being located in the heart of Europe, it limits the fruit and vegetable varieties that we can put on our table from farm-fresh, local sources. The winter are long and dark here, and honestly, you get sick of feasting off of sandy apples. Thus, I bent my long hard stance on having bananas in the house. I do it however tenderly and thoughtfully.
Bananas are in a bit of trouble at the moment, and are not only endangered by a fungus which threatens to wipe out the entire species, but they put a tremendous toll on the environmental output. Just think twice before you grab the bundle, that’s all I”m saying.
Regardless, as I maintain, it truly is hard to be good! It seems everything we love and have grown accustom to in our vast lives as consumers does come with a hefty price. So, as usual, only buy bananas as a supplement, and not as a staple. Think twice before you rush to pick up a bundle of bananas which have been trucked, shipped or flown half way around the globe to reach you at home. A conscious consumer is a great consumer.
Putting ripe bananas to good use
If however, you happen to have a collection of over-ripe bananas sitting in your fruit bowl, you know there is nothing more daunting than trying to figure out what to do with a stinky, ripe bundle. It is sinful to toss overly ripe bananas in the trash, yet so many consumers opt for that on a daily basis. Well, today’s the day where tossing the banana is no longer an option. Instead, convert it to the most underscored dessert bread in the world. Meet the vegan banana nut bread.
Banana nut bread has been baked in American kitchens since the mid 1900’s. It first showed up in cook books around the 1930’s, and has been a staple in the Betty Crocker Cookbook ever since. But this recipe was not always an American favorite. In fact, BNB gained the reputation of being an oily, heavy fatty bread with a dominate banana flavor. It has never been hailed as a gourmet baked good and has sadly been long forgotten over the years. Yet for me, it’s not so much about the bananas as it is about the perfect balance of nuts and the spices.
This recipe delivers a delicate, moist, nutty outcome. It’s not heavy with oils or butters like traditional recipes, instead it’s really a balance of taste, texture and spice. I’ve modernized this recipe a bit by adding a variety of pecans and walnuts. By doing so, you achieve not only a great taste, but the nuts give this recipe a bit of natural fat. Additionally, you can dress it up a bit by adding a crumble top (streussel), or finish the bread with a perfect vegan icing.
Bake to impress
Don’t avoid this recipe if you are not a vegan. Instead, look at the positive side of vegan baking. First, you’ve made a deliciously moist version without animal products. In doing so, you’ve lowered the fat content by a lot. Vegan baking is quite pleasing to those who try it. The words that usually follow are, “I can’t believe this is vegan!”. In addition, I lowered the amount of oil to the bare minimum.
Spare the banana!
I hope this recipe inspires you to spare your bananas that would otherwise be destine for the trash. Throwing food in the trash is senseless and rather sinful in my opinion. Too many hungry people in this world, not to mention too many miles on the food that’s tossed. Just like animals, I believe our fruits and veg also hate to be thrown in the trash. Get creative with your BNB. Make it for breakfast or as a snack. Pack along on a picnic, hike, or offer it as a little treat after dinner. Dress it up, or eat it plain, it simply will not disappoint.
Vegan Banana Nut Bread
- 3-4 ripe bananas mashed
- 1/8 cup oil I used olive, but use what you prefer
- 1/4 + 2 TBS oat milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2 TBS cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 100 grams plant based butter
- 1 cup powder sugar
- oat milk until consistency is creamy.
- First, mash your banana, then pre-heat the oven to 350 F, or 180 C.
- Mix all the ingredients together in one bowl, and combine with a whisk. Line a standard loaf pan with baking paper, and transfer mix to loaf pan.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Take out, let cool completely.
- If you opt to serve your nut bread plain, then it's ready and will be delicious. If you opt to ice it, see my icing recipe from "white vegan cake". If you choose to have this bread baked with a streussel top, add the crumble before the bake by combining equal amounts of sugar, flour and plant-based butter. combine until it's in a crumble form, then add to the top before the bake. The end results will be a nice, crunchy streussel finish.