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.
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