In terms of appetising smells, freshly baked banana bread is fairly exhausting 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 a fantastic supply of slow-release vitality, in addition to heart-healthy beta glucan. Plus, it makes use of 5 entire bananas, which offer fibre and potassium, wanted to manage fluids, nerve indicators and muscle contractions within the physique. Slice up your loaf and luxuriate 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 additional 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 flippantly with coconut oil utilizing a silicone brush.
2 Make your ‘flax egg’: combine the flaxseed with the nice and cozy water and depart for 10 minutes to thicken.
3 In the meantime, soften your coconut oil in a saucepan. In a big bowl, mash the banana till virtually clean, then stir the flax egg, milk, melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla into the mashed banana till properly mixed.
4 Stir the dry substances into the batter one after the other, mixing properly to include every earlier than including the subsequent. Add the coconut sugar first to make sure it melts, then the oats, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and lastly the flour.
5 Ensure that every little thing is blended properly and there are not any patches of flour. This is essential, as in any other case you’re going to 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 flippantly golden and agency on high. If it begins to caramelise and darken the bananas on high an excessive amount of (in case your bananas have been actually ripe and due to this fact had extra sugar content material, this can 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 means of 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 Go away the loaf within the tin for 10 minutes to chill. Don’t depart it any longer as it’ll 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 depart till utterly cooled.
Vegan banana bread recipe from The mymuybueno Cookbook by Justine Murphy (Meze, £25).