Monday, 3 March 2014

Gluten Free Goodness: Vegan Banana Bread




I get baked. Do you? Who can resist? SO many flours, sugars, mmmmm and the smell! I'm talking about baking delicious things. You naughty, you!

Enough of the jibber-jabber. Let's head right to this AMAZHING banana bread.Why? Because chocolate, that's why.

I found the recipe on pinterest when trying to find a use for my overripe bananas! This recipe is simple, delicious, easy to prepare (one-bowl recipe FTW!) and better yet it's vegan and gluten-free!




If you want the recipe..




Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread 

Adapted from Easy Banana Recipes


Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups oat flour (I made mine by pulsing 2 1/2 cups oats in the blender until it turns into a fine flour)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (ripe is best!)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or add-ins of your choice! Nuts, raisins, etc)
  • Water or non-dairy milk IF needed!
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease your loaf pan
  3. Blend out flour and measure ingredients into large mixing bowl EXCEPT chocolate chips
  4. Mix your dry ingredients first for best results, then add in sugar, peanut butter and bananas. 
  5. Mix thoroughly until combined.
  6. Add water or liquid if the mixture doesn't come together. I have never needed to add it though!
  7. Fold in chocolate chips
  8. Mixture should be thick and grainy like the picture below!
  9. Scoop into loaf pan, trying to spread it evenly-ish...
  10. Bake for approximately 30 minutes (mine took 40!) 
  11. Let cool in pan until the pan isn't hot--take that puppy out and NOM NOM NOM IT!



Mmmm. Can be eaten RAW






But taste much better baked :) Mmmm...melty chocolate is melty. 



That's all I got! It is actually delicious and I patiently wait for my bananas to brown so I can make banana bread! SO much easier than conventional yeast bread recipes, too!

You can obviously make this healthier by:

  • omitting chocolate chips
  • using cocoa nibs instead...
  • choosing am organic dark chocolate chip like the Enjoy Life brand 71% chips (which are delicious!). 
  • use an alternative nut butter
  • use stevia or honey instead of brown sugar (which may make the recipe too 'wet' causing a need for extra flour...this I cannot speak for...but it's worth a shot!)
  • And other fun things I don't know about!


Make this. You'll feel like a boss.

Cook with you soon!

XO



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