I always eat breakfast but during the week, I need something quick and healthy. Normally, I eat overnight oats loaded with all kinds of good stuff (hemp seeds, flax seed, almond milk) but occasionally I like to switch things up. The grocery store I shop at has a reduced produce section for fruits and veggies that they can no longer sell. That is where I get bananas to make Vegan Banana Bread.
Food waste is a terrible problem in this country. I am happy that the grocery store I shop at is trying to reduce it by selling produce that can't be sold for it's regular price at a significantly reduced price. I bought 6 ripe bananas for $0.79 cents. What a deal! Plus, I didn't have to wait for the bananas to ripen, I brought them home and cooked the bread the same day. I only used 4 and 1/2 bananas, so I froze the remaining to add to smoothies.
When I make a quick bread recipe like this, I am always experimenting with making it vegetarian or vegan. I do this because it is healthier for us to avoid meat based products a majority of the time. Bananas, while they have gotten some bad press for sugar content, are the best source for potassium and vitamin B6. Also, the vitamin C and manganese provide antioxidant protection against free radicals. Since they are a great source of potassium, bananas help promote a healthy heart since potassium rich foods can help lower blood pressure.
This recipe is very easy to put together. Mix the wet ingredients first, then add the dry ingredients and pop it into the oven. I used dried figs as an add-in but you can use anything that is in the house. Chopped nuts, other dried fruits like dried cherries or raisins, and seeds, like pumpkin seeds. If you don't think you'll eat the loaf in one week, you can freeze it for up to a month.
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Vegan Banana Bread
For the wet ingredients:
1 1/3 cups mashed very ripe banana (about 4 medium or 3 large)
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/3 cup plant-based milk
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For the dry ingredients: