Friday, September 3, 2010

Mom Knows Best - Vegan Banana Bread

My mom is a fantastic cook, and seriously makes the best banana bread on earth! Every time I have made her recipe and shared it, people have gone on and on about how wonderful it is (and they are right!) This is banana bread at its best. It may be more classified as a cake because it's that good. This is my second try making this vegan style. The first time I used Ener-G, and found that I really didn't like it at all in this recipe. It got all grainy. I know this recipe well, and it just didn't taste the same at all with an egg replacer. Fortunately bananas work well as a binder on their own, and because this recipe already has a bunch of banana, adding 1 extra to make up for the eggs doesn't mess with the flavor. This recipe makes 2 loaf pans of bread. I have no idea why, but I don't have loaf pans. They were swallowed up by the loaf pan monster or something. Instead I use 2 - 8 inch cake pans which works beautifully, or this recipe could make 20-24 muffins. It can be easily halfed if you prefer. I like having an extra pan to share :)

Best Vegan Banana Bread...Ever

2 C. Sugar
1 C. Earth Balance Butter
7 Ripe Bananas
2 1/2 C. White Whole Wheat Flour
1 t. Salt
2 t. Soda

1 c. Chopped Pecans or Blueberries (My mom uses either of these or none at all.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash Bananas, and set aside. I usually just mix them on high in my stand mixer. Cream Sugar and butter until fluffy. Add banana and combine. In a separate bowl sift flour, salt and soda. Add to banana mixture. If using loaf pans, bake for 1 hour. For muffins bake about 20-25 minutes. I hope you love this as much as I do :)

Nate's Two Cents:  I think I'd be stretching the truth to call this a guilt-free pleasure, but it's a little less guilty without the cholesterol of its non-vegan predecessor (the original Arial Banana Bread).  And it's loaded with actual bananas, which means something to a society that buys things made to taste like fruit even when eating an actual fruit would be simpler. I'm looking at you, Jello.  I just remind myself every time I eat Tara's banana bread that it's loaded with potassium.  I have good joints already, but still, it can't hurt.  And it's delicious.


LittleHouseofVeggies said...

Woo Hoo! Way to go girl!! Thise recipe looks DIVINE!!!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I love the simple ingredient list! My favorite smell in the world is that of banana bread baking in the oven.

Lynda said...

Hi Tara:
I've just found your blog and I know I'm going to enjoy it. I became a veggie just about the same way you did....vegan....I've read about and am anxious to try some of your recipes. Keep writing and good luck with the weight loss.
Is it difficult finding the different substitutes vegans use?...butter etc.

STRATCAT99 said...

Hi Tara,
I made this today, and it is amazing. I added walnuts and blueberries. The house smells so good, too!
Thanks for the recipe!

Vegan Piggy said...

Lynda, It took a few months to really find my vegan groove. Now that I've been doing it a few months, it's been a breeze. Once you stock your pantry with good vegan staples, it gets easier. Earth Balance is my favorite vegan butter for sure. It comes in tubs and sticks for baking, and works perfectly as a substitute in everything I've tried. Your post makes me want to write one about my favorite substitutes. I'll get on that :)

Don, I'm so glad you liked the recipe! Wow, you did walnuts AND blueberries? That's the best! I'm glad you tried it out. It's such a perfect and easy recipe. Bananas aren't my favorite fruit, but I always buy them and have really ripe ones sitting around. Perfect for banana bread. I think next time I'm going to try to use whole wheat pastry flour to ease my conscience. It does smell so good doesn't it? :)