To be truthful, I didn't bake this banana bread for it's vegan properties (though I do have some vegan friends who would love it!). As well as containing no eggs or butter, there are no weird ingredients. This is something that puts me off a lot of vegan/healthy bakes, as I usually wouldn't have ground nuts, seeds, or special oils in the house. It's the perfect store-cupboard recipe to have with a cup of tea. Vegans and non-vegans will both love this loaf.
Although it is described as a bread, it doesn't contain any yeast, and you don't have to leave it to rise before baking. Basically it's a cake...in a bread shape.
Makes one 2 pound (1kg) loaf
- 225g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda *
- 2 tsp cream of tartar *
- * instead of the bicarb and cream of tartar, you can use 3 tsp baking powder instead
- 100g brown sugar + extra for dusting.
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 3 large bananas, mashed
- 75g vegetable oil
1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas mark 6. Grease a 2 pound (1kg) loaf tin - I didn't use greaseproof paper. Instead after greasing, dust the sides and base of the tin with brown sugar.
2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and cinnamon. Stir in the sugar.
3. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the vegetable oil and mashed bananas. Mix until no more bits of flour can be seen - the mixture will be fairly dense.
4. Pour into your prepared loaf tin, and bake for an hour, checking after 30 minutes. If the top is browning a lot, cover with foil and return to the oven. Bake the cake until it feels firm, and a skewer comes out clean when poked in to the cake.
5. Turn out of the loaf tin onto a wire rack. Leave to cool.
Note: To add extra texture, add 50g chopped walnuts (or other nut of your choice) to the cake batter before baking :)
Got any good vegan baking recipes? If so, message me and I'll give it a go :D