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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.


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.

Banana Nut Bread

3/4 cup silken tofu
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup soy milk
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup pecan pieces

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Blend the tofu in a blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into a mixing bowl and beat in the sugar, oil, vanilla, soy milk and bananas.
  • In a different bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Beat everything together, then fold in the pecans. Pour into an oiled or greased loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour.

Makes 6-8 servings

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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).

  • 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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