One of my favorite childhood memories is baking banana bread with my mom. The recipe was out of an old tattered cookbook from a church picnic from when she was a little girl. It was one of those recipes that you can taste the love baked into the bread. Ever since I became vegan, I knew I needed to veganize this recipe. Who doesn’t love a warm piece of banana bread? The nostalgia of the smell coming from the oven alone is worth trying this recipe.
There is no processed sugar in this recipe! Just maple sugar. My husband has the world’s BIGGEST sweet tooth; I am not kidding, about 3/4 of his diet is sugar. He thought the bread was perfectly sweet without anything extra added. If you need the extra sweetness, you can always add 1/3 cup of homemade apple sauce-also add an extra 1/4 cup of flour.
- 4 Bananas (about 2 cups)
- 2 c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda (1 1/2 tsp if using gluten free flour)
- 1 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of clove
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 c. maple syrup
- 2 tsp. vanilla
Those are the base ingredients. You can add flavors how ever you want. Here are some of my favorite to mix and match as you choose:
- 1/2 c. peanut butter (you can make your own! Click here for the recipe)
- 3/4 c. chopped walnuts
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mash bananas
- Grind chia seeds (I used a coffee grinder. You want them to become a fine powder)
- Mix in maple syrup and vanilla.
- Add flour, baking soda, ground chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and salt
- Place in bread tin
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan
- Remove from oven, and place on a cooling rack
I hope this recipe give you as much nostalgia as it did for me. It is delicious, and will make your tummy very happy.