When you want something sweet and dessert-like, but don’t want the guilt of a heavy dessert, look no further than this banana bread. While I make the recipe exactly as it’s written in Veganomicon (a cookbook I recommend for all of my vegan friends), you could easily throw in some chocolate chips, blueberries, or walnuts to bring it up a notch.
Time: 1.5 hours
Type: Breakfast or Dessert
- 2 large, or 3 small, very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas really, really well. Add the sugar, applesauce, oil, and molasses, and whisk briskly to incorporate.
- Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined (if you are using chocolate chips/blueberries/walnuts, fold them in now).
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 45 – 50 minutes. The top should be lightly browned and a knife inserted through the center should come out clean.
- Remove from the oven and invert onto a cooling rack, flip the bread right side up and let cool.