the best banana bread (it’s vegan too!)

I know I talk about food a lot but don’t often give recipes. Well, this is a recipe I make constantly and it’s always moist and tasty! I like to add chunks of apple and chocolate chips to the mix!

Lower-Fat Banana Bread from Veganomicon via The Baking Bird

Makes one loaf

  • 2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas really well. Add the sugar, applesauce, oil, and molasses, and whisk briskly to incorporate. Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined. If you’re using chocolate chips or nuts, fold them in here. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes. The top should be lightly browned and a knife inserted through the center should come out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool! (More info from Kylie here).

Let me know if you like it! I do a fair bit of vegan baking and have made awesome vegan breads, cakes and brownies…. but yet to have found a vegan cookie recipe that compares to those with butter & eggs. Any suggestions?

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my latest girl crush

yes it’s Karen O!

If I were as hip as her, I’d perform a cityscape musical too!

Fab portrait by Rachel Warner

Karen O (and “the kids”) also did the soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are… a fantastic book (still need to see the film), though I have to admit my favourite Maurice Sendak book is In the Night Kitchen. Perhaps because of my love affair with baking.

Speaking of which, my mother recently released the phenomenal recipe of her mother’s bread on her blog – wise ones will bake it pronto!  (Hey, then you’ll have bread for turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwiches – trust me, they’re delish.)  We had it braided and sans-Cinnamon for Thanksgiving.

Wow, from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to children’s books to Thanksgiving leftovers…. but it’s all connected!