As you all well know, sometimes it takes me a little while to post the latest recipes of things I’ve baked or created, or I just don’t get around to posting anything at all. WELL! This is an exception. I baked this yesterday! Fast turnaround, I know. It’s because I seriously cannot get over how tasty this banana bread is and want to share it with the whole wide world (err, web). If you’re not a believer of vegan, this will surely make you one, I swear. At first I had my doubts about this recipe. “Lower Fat Banana Bread” with only 10 ingredients and barely any oil involved? Just the basics of what you need in any banana bread recipe, except this calls for one magical ingredient: APPLESAUCE! Applesauce is an amazing ingredient to substitute for oil. It gives such a great flavor and texture and no one will even know. Typically in the past I’ve turned to this recipe whenever I want to use ripe bananas (both recipes were created by the same person). Don’t get me wrong, that one is great too. But this… this outbeats anything. It’s almost like a borderline gingerbread, due to the dark, deep rich flavor of molasses. And I took a chance and replaced the regular sugar with sucanat and I think that made a major difference. I’m just now beginning to explore the bigger world of natural sugars and it’s really exciting. And for my birthday, one of the great gifts I just received is Heidi Swanson’s “Super Natural Cooking” (thank you Colleen!) which focuses on using “alternative” unrefined sugars and oils and which ones are better for you and the planet. Next time I’ll put a twist on it when I’m feeling more adventurous–peanut butter or chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, or do a pistachio/cardamom type thing. Ok, so enough said. Bottom line: MAKE THIS BANANA BREAD.
Lower-Fat Banana Bread from Veganomicon
Makes one loaf
2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas
1/4 cup applesauce (I used cinnamon spiced)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sucanat 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 45 to 50 minutes (it took 50 for me). The top should be lightly browned and a knife inserted through the center should come out clean.
Remove from the oven and let cool!