Banana Bread

Banana bread is the perfect recipe for using up overripe bananas, and it’s great for breakfast or a snack.
Yield 1 loaf
Time 1 hour 20 minutes
  • 9×5-inch loaf pan
  • small bowl
  • whisk
  • large bowl
  • potato masher or sturdy fork
  • rubber spatula
  • 1 t vegan butter or margarine
  • 2½ c flour
  • 1½ t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 c walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted
  • 4 large, overripe bananas (about 2 cups mashed)
  • ⅔ c neutral oil, such as grapeseed
  • ½ c light brown sugar
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1 T vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour the loaf pan, and set aside.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in the small bowl, then stir in the walnuts. Set aside.

Peel the bananas, place in large bowl, and mash.

Whisk in oil, both sugars, and vanilla, then fold in the flour.

Spread evenly in the loaf pan, then let rest for 10 minutes (this gives the leavening time to activate).

Bake 55-60 minutes, until top is cracked and golden brown, and a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool completely before removing from pan.

Notes Serving suggestion: Lightly toast a thick slice, then spread with cream cheese or butter.

The original recipe calls for a flax egg, but the great thing about banana bread is that the fruit itself acts as a binder, making eggs – whether traditional or vegan – unnecessary. If you’d like to use a flax egg anyway, prepare and refrigerate it before adding it to the wet mixture.

Crossroads cookbookAdapted from the recipe for in Crossroads: Extraordinary recipes from the restaurant that is reinventing vegan cuisine.

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