I’ve learned that I don’t ever get tired of banana bread. It’s probably my body making up for lost time. Growing up, this wasn’t a staple or a common treat – we never ate it. Since our mom didn’t like it, (something I’ll never understand) she never made it and it was never around. To be honest, I don’t think I knew it existed until my late teens!
Then came my honeymoon. When my husband and I were on a scenic drive on Maui on the most beautiful day in Hawaii. We stopped at a local roadside shop for a little refreshment. We purchased a loaf of freshly made banana bread for the rest of our drive. It was one of the most delicious breads I’d ever tasted! Since then, I’ve been hooked.
This new found love has led me to making banana bread quite a few times during our marriage. This most recent time, I tried making a version that’s even more healthy than it naturally is! I omitted dairy, eggs and even gluten in this recipe. I was so pleased that these changes only added to the delicious flavor. This is a bread you could easily get hooked on.
Especially because it is so healthy that you could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Trust me, it’s so scrumptious, you may just want to!
It’s super moist, super dense and super flavorful. Sweetened only with fruit (date sugar and bananas!) and filled with deliciously healthy ingredients like flax and coconut oil. This healthy banana bread is a delightful blend of a sweet treat and a nutritious indulgence! Please enjoy!
Vegan Banana Bread (gluten free)
2 Large Ripe Bananas
3/4 cup Date Sugar
1/4 cup Applesauce
1/3 cup Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon Pink Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseeds
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 1/4 cup Gluten-Free Flour Mix
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a bread pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mash soft, ripe bananas with date sugar until smooth. Add applesauce, milk, lemon juice, oil, salt and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, flax and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the wet and whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Pour in a 9 by 5 inch bread pan. Bake for 30-32 minutes. Check with a toothpick inserted in the center to be sure it’s done. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!