My boyfriend is a huge fan of homemade banana bread, so naturally, I make it a lot when he’s around.
But I always used other bloggers’ banana bread recipes. I’m a huge fan of Cookie and Kate’s recipe, which isn’t vegan but so easy.
Since my boyfriend and I are doing long distance for a year, I figured now would be a great time to experiment.
Why vegan banana bread?
The answer is simple. I had everything I needed to make normal banana bread… except eggs!
This recipe doesn’t even have an egg replacement. Nope! (I don’t get the whole flax egg thing. I don’t have time for that)
After making the base, which is just two mashed bananas, whole wheat flour, vanilla, baking soda, non-dairy milk and salt, I kind of went a little crazy with the add-ins. Don’t worry – I went the delicious kind of crazy!
This recipe includes oats, chia seeds, peanut butter and chocolate chips.
I encourage you to make it your own with some other add-ins such as:
- coconut flakes
- almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
- raisins, cranberries
- white chocolate chips (why not)
- chocolate spread like Nutella
- other fruit like strawberries, apples, banana slices, blueberries
- You can also play with different extracts like coconut and almond (instead of vanilla)
Another reason I love this recipe is the one-bowl factor. You have time to clean up everything AND watch your favorite TV comedy while the banana bread bakes. Sounds like the coziest baking sesh ever, right?
How to incorporate this banana bread into meal prep so you don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting:
I know whenever I have baked goods on hand (and my boyfriend isn’t around to eat them) my kitchen feels a little bit like a danger zone.
One piece of banana bread can easily turn into two… into three… into four.
MY suggestion: slice or cut the banana bread into individual portions once cooled. Then wrap 3-5 servings in saran wrap and place them in a meal prep container in your fridge. This helps you get portion control down.
Wrap the remaining slices in saran wrap, then foil to put in the freezer. That way it’s not as readily available. However, if you really feel like you just can’t control yourself, maybe try putting it in the back of the freezer so you forget about it.
This banana bread is so tasty (but also so light and low in added sugar) that it will definitely be a crowd favorite. Happy baking!
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