Vegan Banana Nut Bread
There is a Facebook group for hardcore TamBram Foodies. It buzzes with activity all day long. I’ve made some amazing friends out there. (Don’t ask me the link to the group unless you are a Tambram & a Foodie. No offense :P) Latha Samu aunty happens to be one prolific recipe & photo sharing member of the group. And she sends her very simple and delicious Banana Nut Bread for Bake Fest and CWK. 🙂
BANANA NUT BREAD RECIPE
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 45-60 min
For the banana bread
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla (substitute cardamom for an Indian flavor)
1 cup sugar (or maple syrup)
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or any other nuts (optional)
(1 cup here is aroun 125 grams)
For the chocolate peanut butter flavor
8 – 10 Mini peanut butter cups
OR 2-3 tsp of peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips)
For a simple Banana Bread
- Mash bananas (overripe make the best bread).
- Add oil, vanilla and sugar. Mix well.
- Sift flour, salt and soda together and add to banana mixture with walnuts if using.
- Mix until flour is blended in but do not over mix.
- Put into loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove to rack to cool completely before cutting.
Variations: For peanut butter chocolate flavor
- Quarter the peanut butter cups and add to the banana bread batter. Mix in and bake as usual.
- If you don’t get peanut butter cups, substitute chopped chocolate (or choc. chips) and peanut butter. Just drop in 1/8 tsp (or less!) of peanut butter randomly in the batter and gently mix – the peanut butter should not incorporate in the batter
- Another method is to pour half the batter in the baking dish, sprinkle chopped chocolate/choc chips and dollops of peanut butter and then pour in the remaining batter and bake – this will be like a layered/stuffed banana bread
- You can skip and bake a simple Banana nut bread too
To test for doneness
When testing for doneness, please keep in mind that if your toothpick pricks the peanut butter or chocolate, it will not come out clean. So you’ll have to test doneness in a few spots to make sure that the cake is done.