Vegan Banana Walnut Bread
I love baking and cooking food out of leftovers. We waste so much food. Making something from various ingredients you have lying around, feels very good. For example, I had two small black bananas for weeks, that I intended for banana muffins. But when my mother gave me a large amount of whole walnuts, I knew what I had to do: vegan banana walnut bread.
Banana and walnuts are a match made in food-heaven, like peas and carrots, or peanut butter and jelly (peanut butter and chocolate IMO). It's so incredibly easy to bake vegan, especially a banana bread. Probably half of the banana bread-recipes out there are vegan anyway.
Taste: 4 out of 5
Consistency: 4.5 out of 5
Overall appeal: 4 out of 5
Vegan Banana Bread: BBC Good Food
- 3 large black bananas (I only used 2 small bananas, and had to add 1/4 cup soy milk for a runnier consistency)
- 1/3 cup / 75g vegetable oil or sunflower oil (weight), plus extra for greasing
- 1/2 cup / 100g brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup / 225g plain flour (or use self-raising flour and reduce the baking powder to 2 heaped tsp)
- 3 heaped tsp baking powder
- 3 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice
- 50g dried fruit or nuts (optional)
- Heat oven to 200C/400F fan/gas 6. Mash 3 large black peeled bananas with a fork, then mix well with vegetable or sunflower oil and brown sugar.
- Add plain flour, 3 heaped tsp baking powder and 3 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice, and combine well. Add dried fruit or nuts, if using.
- Bake in a greased, lined loaf tin for 20 minutes. Check and cover with foil if the cake is browning.
- Bake for another 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. (Mine needed 30/35 minutes in total, instead of 40 minutes)
- Allow to cool a little before slicing. It's delicious freshly baked, but develops a lovely gooey quality the day after.
It's sitting peacefully in my kitchen next to the walnuts.