In the case of appetising smells, freshly baked banana bread is fairly laborious to beat. This recipe for vegan banana bread swaps egg for omega-3-rich flaxseed blended with heat water. It additionally makes use of oats, that are an awesome supply of slow-release power, in addition to heart-healthy beta glucan. Plus, it makes use of 5 entire bananas, which give fibre and potassium, wanted to manage fluids, nerve alerts and muscle contractions within the physique. Slice up your loaf and revel in by itself, or slathered in peanut butter or strawberry jam for a tasty teatime deal with.
For the flax egg:
1 tbsp floor flaxseed
3 tbsp heat water
55ml coconut oil, plus further for greasing
400g ripe bananas (roughly 4 medium ones)
80ml almond milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
65g coconut sugar
60g jumbo rolled oats
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp Himalayan salt
280g self-raising flour
1 entire banana, sliced (no finish bits)
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 2lb/1kg loaf tin calmly with coconut oil utilizing a silicone brush.
2 Make your ‘flax egg’: combine the flaxseed with the nice and cozy water and go away for 10 minutes to thicken.
3 In the meantime, soften your coconut oil in a saucepan. In a big bowl, mash the banana till nearly easy, then stir the flax egg, milk, melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla into the mashed banana till nicely mixed.
4 Stir the dry components into the batter one by one, mixing nicely to include every earlier than including the following. Add the coconut sugar first to make sure it melts, then the oats, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and lastly the flour.
5 Be sure that all the pieces is blended nicely and there aren’t any patches of flour. This is essential, as in any other case you’ll get white splodges within the bread and they don’t style good.
6 Pour the batter into the ready loaf tin and unfold out evenly. Place the sliced banana throughout the highest within the row alongside the centre and gently push down.
7 Bake the loaf, uncovered, for 45 minutes, till calmly golden and agency on prime. If it begins to caramelise and darken the bananas on prime an excessive amount of (in case your bananas had been actually ripe and due to this fact had extra sugar content material, this may occur) merely cowl with a sheet of dampened scrunched up parchment paper to guard the highest from burning.
8 After 45 minutes, examine that the loaf is cooked by utilizing a skewer. Whether it is prepared, this could come out clear, and the highest of the loaf ought to slowly spring again when touched.
9 Depart the loaf within the tin for 10 minutes to chill. Don’t go away it any longer as it should sweat and make your loaf damp and susceptible to breakage. Slide a palette knife across the edges to loosen them, and gently take away it from the tin. Place your banana bread onto a wire rack and go away till fully cooled.
Vegan banana bread recipe from The mymuybueno Cookbook by Justine Murphy (Meze, £25).