I came up with this recipe wanting a vegan banana bread to sell at my Son’s school bake sale this week. Additionally, I had my fingers crossed that if Master 4 liked it, I could add it as a new healthy staple on our family menu. Well, I was actually really surprised at how wonderful it turned out! My prototype is delicious, includes nutritious ingredients, is gluten-free, has no added sugar and is quick and easy to make.
When my little boy first tried it he said “Mum, I don’t like it…… (My heart sank) ….. Mum, I LOVE it! (My heart lifted)”. Mum Score; this one is definitely a keeper.
What You Need
- 2 tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal mixed in 1/4 cup of simmering water, I used Bob’s Red Mill. This ingredient is used as a replacement to eggs and is also known as “flax eggs”
- 3 medium-sized, very ripe, brown-skinned, mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of raw maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg combined
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt, or more to taste
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of walnuts chopped finely
- A dash of vanilla essence
- 1/4 cup of hemp hearts, I used Manitoba Harvest
- 1 1/4 cup of flour. I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free homemade wonderful bread mix
What To Do
- Pre-heat oven to 350 fahrenheit (176 celsius)
- Make your “flax eggs” and set them aside to cool for at least 10 minutes
- Line or oil your loaf tin if needed
- Next up, you want to mix all the ingredients together really well, I did this just by using a wooden spoon. I firstly, added the maple syrup, and then the flour, with the cinnamon & nutmeg, baking soda and sea salt. Next up the banana, then the ground flaxseed mixture, hemp seeds, walnuts, and lastly the melted coconut oil and vanilla essence. Make sure the coconut oil is entirely melted, as you want it to be evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
- Pour mixture into baking loaf, evenly distributing the mixture with a knife, and then tapping loaf tin on bench to remove air bubbles
- Place in oven and cook until ready, for me this was around 40 minutes
- Remove from oven, and when able remove from pan and let cool
- Cut and serve, or cut and store for school lunches
This banana bread is even more amazing if served warm, straight out of the oven, with a little bit of coconut oil on top – just like butter.
Or just plain, as my Son likes it!
What Is A “Flax Egg”
A “Flax Egg” is basically a substitute to using a chicken’s egg in baking. Besides being a healthy substitute without the fat and cholesterol found in eggs, there is also no chance you are contributing to chicken cruelty. Unfortunately, unless you are buying eggs from a reputable farm, where chickens are out on the land all day, eating insects like they should be, chances are things are not as they seem all-happy-like on the egg cartons!
A “Flax Egg” is made from flaxseed which are small, dark brown or yellow seeds power packed with nutrients. They have a nutty butter like flavor, with human consumption dating back thousands of years throughout history.
Consumption is said to help with a variety of health concerns; heart disease, digestion, cardiovascular health, reducing inflation throughout the body, providing energy and improving hair and skin health … among other beneficial reasons to incorporate more of flaxseed into your diet.
A “Flax Egg” is flaxseed that when added with water takes on an egg or gel like consistency.
If you want to read more about this in great depth, the website Vegan Baker really gets into the nitty gritty of it all.
Besides our apartment smelling so homely and delicious when making this healthy snack, I am happy to report that it was a HUGE hit at the bake sale, it all sold in a New York minute, and I have to wonder if half the people who bought it even knew that it was vegan, without dairy products in it, probably not!
I just want to add, that I prefer to use organic ingredients when available, as the thought of eating pesticides, herbicides and insecticides on food is very frightening. While not always possible to buy ingredients as organic, even if you can substitute just a few, it will be better for you and all who eats your amazing banana bread!
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