Wednesday, October 20, 2010
No, for once I'm not referring to my mental state but rather what to do with all those bananas going bad too quickly.
Don't throw them away: I found a quick and easy vegan banana bread recipe that didn't require too many offbeat ingredients -- some vegan recipes are loaded down with a ton of ingredients (which can be off putting to a non-baker like myself) many of which can only be found in specialty food stores.
However, this one is simple, easy and equally as yummy!
EASY VEGAN BANANA BREAD
~4 bananas (the softer and browner, the better)
~1/2 cup vegan softened margarine or oil (use cholesterol free)
~3/4 cup of brown sugar (packed)
~2 teaspoons baking powder
~1/4 teaspoon salt
~1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
~2 cups of flour (I use unbleached)
~1 teaspoon vanilla extract
**SIDE NOTE: Feel free to add a 1/2 cup of walnuts or semi-sweet chocolate chips if you'd like
*Preheat oven to 350
*"Smoosh" the bananas in a medium to large mixing bowl
*Add margarine (or oil) and mix with bananas
*Add vanilla -- mix
*Add brown sugar -- mix
*Add baking powder, salt and cinnamon -- mix
*Add flour and then mix all ingredients well making sure flour is thoroughly incorporated
*Lightly spray square glass baking dish and bake for 45 minutes or until done (test center by sticking a butter knife or toothpick in the middle and if it comes out clean, it's done).
*Let rest (on cooling rack) about 15 to 20 minutes before slicing and serving. It will still be quite warm.
*Top with vegan margarine and enjoy with hot cocoa or hot apple cider.