Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

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Vegan Banana Bread with Cacao Nibs & Peanut Butter
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Vegan Banana Bread with Cacao Nibs & Peanut Butter

 

This is the first recipe that I have ever put on this blog, as my focus is usually travel and dining.  But after tinkering around a little bit, I think this is one of the best vegan banana breads you will have.

I’ve been a big fan of banana bread as long as I can remember. What’s not to like? You have sweet bananas in a healthy form. “Bread” is healthier than cake, right?

Despite my love for banana bread, most recipes or purchased banana breads have a faint to good banana flavor, but are too “bready” and dry for my taste.

I’ve been using the same banana bread recipe for years, and have tweaked it embellished on it for year. I usually take the plain banana bread recipe and added different ingredients to see how it turns out. I normally add chocolate chips and/or peanut butter, which is a favorite. I tried making a peanut butter and jelly banana bread once, however that didn’t turn out too well.

If you’ve ever read anything from this blog, you know that I am not vegan. With that said, I thought I would take a stab at making vegan banana bread.

Normally, I don’t add a lot of flour to my banana bread since I like it on the denser side, plus it retains a lot of moisture and flavor. You can always add more flour if you like it “breadier” like most traditional banana breads.

I am convinced that once you try this, you will not know it is a vegan recipe.

INGREDIENTS
1 tbspn ground flax seeds
2 tbsn + 2 ½ tspn water
½ tspn organic apple cider vinegar
3 ripe organic bananas
4 tbspn coconut oil
¾ cup sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
2 tspn banana liquer (or any alcohol flavoring of your liking)
¾ cup flour
1 tspn baking soda
Pinch of salt
Organic cacao nibs (optional)
Organic unsalted peanut butter (optional)

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 375°
2. In a small bowl, “bloom” the flax seeds in the water and apple cider vinegar.
3. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas. I like it sort of chunky for more texture.
4. Add coconut oil, sugar, vanilla extract, and flax seed mixture and stir to combine.
5. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt and combine to combine with wet ingredients. Don’t overmix.
6. Pour combined mixture into loaf pan.
7. Top with cacao nibs.
8. Top with peanut butter.
9. Bake for 40-50 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean and be warm to the touch.
10. Remove to backing rack to cool.
11. Slice and enjoy.

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