Oh boy. Mitch is right not to trust me when I go thrift shopping.
Just recently, I went to find a sweater, and I actually left the store with a sweater, two pairs of pants, a silicone baking tray, and a bread pan. Maybe more stuff. It’s all blurry now. I don’t know. But those were the important things. And I’ve never had a good bread pan before because, well, I have never made bread before. But when I saw the pan in pristine condition on the cute little rickety shelf, I knew that it had great potential. Surprisingly, that wasn’t just an excuse I gave myself to purchase more; I really did make some bread! Banana bread, in fact. And it is vegan and delicious. Especially with some added vegan butter spread. Yummmmm.
Or even better, some amazing almond caramel. I made a super simple and unbelievably delicious almond caramel that I will tag along in the recipe below. We will keep this post short and simple so that you have more time to prepare banana bread!
Let me know what you think about it if you try it out, and let me know if you have any self control issues at thrift stores like I do.
- ♥ 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- ♥ 1/3 cup hot water
- ♥ 2 ripe large bananas, mashed (the more ripe the more flavorful)
- ♥ 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- ♥ 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- ♥ 2 cups flour
- ♥ 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ♥ 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ♥ 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ♥ Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- ♥ 1 banana, sliced
- ♥ 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
- ♥ 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- ♥ 1/4 cup almond butter
- ♥ 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
- ♥ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ♥ 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350º
- Mix together the flax seeds and hot water in a large bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Mash bananas in with the flax mixture.
- Mix in the apple sauce and coconut sugar, and combine well.
- Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix together only until mixed together. Fold in nuts if using.
- Pour into a un-greased bread pan and top with sliced bananas, nuts, and cinnamon.
- Bake for 60-70 minutes, until toothpick comes out almost clean.
- Let cool for 20-30 minutes.
- Combine almond butter, syrup, vanilla, and salt in a small jar with a fork.
- Pour over cooled banana bread.
- Eat up!
- ♥ 1 cup of chocolate chips are also a great optional ingredient to add to the bread. If using, fold in with the nuts and top the banana bread with some as well.
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