A friend of mine couldn't imagine baked goods could be made vegan...he thought the idea of baking without eggs / butter / milk would be pretty difficult.
So I made him some banana bread!
Really, banana bread is one of the easiest baking-things to make vegan. Bananas are such a good binder that they really can replace the eggs entirely. So I didn't even have to ponder about using Ener-G or flaxseed or whatever else to replace the eggies.
I chose a recipe from "FatFree Vegan Kitchen" blog.
Blueberry Banana Bread
- 3 large over-ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) vanilla soymilk (or apple sauce)
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) agave nectar
- 2 cups (240 g) white whole wheat flour (or regular whole wheat flour)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (240 ml) blueberries
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or wipe a 9×5-inch loaf pan with oil (I used a silicon loaf pan).
Mix the soymilk with 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and let stand until it curdles. (If using apple sauce, skip this step and add the lemon juice to the bananas.)
In a large bowl, mash the bananas.
Add the remaining lemon juice, soymilk, and agave nectar. Stir well to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, and stir just until the mixture is well-combined.
Fold in the blueberries.
Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.
It was tasty! I used overripe bananas, but I think next time I'll use EXTREMELY overripe bananas...for more banana-y flavor. I also think I'll use four total bananas - the bread was good but definitely could have been a little more moist. I mean, come on - it's banana bread. It's gotta be insanely moist!
Ease of Preparation: 4/5
Really easy baking recipe. It takes 50 minutes to bake, though, so make sure you have some sort of project you can work on while you're watching the oven.
Little blueberry gems inside a banana bread! Cute!