It was back to school this week for me and I decided to try to find some plant-based baked goods that I could grab and go in the morning when I don’t have time to eat at home. I just finished reading through the Forks Over Knives cookbook and when I hit the dessert section, there were some fantastic baked goods in there that could easily be used as a breakfast. The first recipe I tried, since I had all the ingredients at hand, was the “Better-Than-Mom’s Banana Bread”. It’s made with whole wheat pastry flour so it’s a lot more bread-like than banana bread I’ve had in the past, which I think is closer to cake than bread. It was still very good and tasty, but I think I want to experiment with the recipe in the future to see if I can get it as moist as the banana bread I’m used to.
better-than-mom’s banana bread
from Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 bananas)
- 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup plant-based milk (I used almond milk)
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Have ready an 8×4-inch nonstick or silicone baking pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the mashed banana, maple syrup, applesauce, milk, and vanilla.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients, mixing just until everything is evenly moistened.
5. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Distribute the batter evenly along the length of the pan but don’t spread the batter to the edges; the batter will spread as it bakes. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. (Mine was done in 50 minutes). It’s hard to test for doneness with a knife because the banana tends to stay moist, so judge by the edges of bread. They should be golden brown and pulling away from the sides of the pan.
6. Let the bread cool for at least 30 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and carefully invert the loaf onto a cooling rack. Be sure it is fully cooled before slicing.