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Just Like Grandma’s Banana Nut Bread

There are a few foods that I will forever associate with my grandmother—homemade biscuits, chocolate cake with layers so thin that the icing almost soaks through them, and moist banana nut bread. A long time ago, I realized that I will never—not even in a million years—be able to make a chocolate cake as good as my grandmother’s. But I refuse to give up on trying to make a banana nut bread like hers.

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The key to delicious banana nut bread is to use very ripe bananas and to make sure that the end result is super-moist. This veganized version of the grandma classic gets its moisture from a combination of blended silken tofu, soy milk, and a quarter cup of oil.

The finished bread is soft, banana-scented, and laced with crunchy, warm pecans—just like grandma’s.

1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed + 3 Tbsp. water
3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/6 cup canola oil
1/6 cup applesauce (preferably unsweetened)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or any other flour)
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup walnut pieces (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

  • In a small cup or bowl, mix the ground flaxseed with the water. Stir well, then cover and refrigerate for about an hour. Remove from the fridge, then stir well again.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 325ºF.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oil, applesauce, agave nectar, and vanilla. Add the flaxseed mixture. Mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients. Stir until completely combined.
  • Grease an 8-inch-by-4-inch pan with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the pan so that it is evenly distributed.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Cooking time can vary from oven to oven, so check on the bread at 45 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf―if it comes out clean, the banana bread is done.

Makes 1 loaf

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

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  • Lizzy says:

    Oh my! I just made this with chocolate chips and hazelnuts. This was my first experience with silken tofu and soy milk. It is amazing!!! Thank you! (P.S. I blogged about it and cited your recipe).
    Lizzy

  • Kathy says:

    Just wondering if you can make this bread into muffins? How would the bake time vary? I love muffins in the mornings with my coffee.

  • Radio Barbie says:

    That’s great!!! Sounds good, ‘grandma banana nut bread’!!! Banana Na Banana Na … Na na na … Anyway, it reminds me about ‘Grandma Vi’s old-fashioned lavender’ bread/muffin/pancake, ha ha!!!

  • Chris says:

    This is like Winter in a loaf of bread (and perfect for those of us who neglect our bananas :P).

  • veggievixen says:

    making vegan banana bread with silken tofu is the best! i recently made a recipe with orange zest and it was delicious!!

  • DJ Karma (VegSpinz) says:

    Mmmm… I can just smell that aroma!

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