"The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine."
- Hippocrates

July 13, 2011

Maple Banana Loaf

FRUIT FLIES!! Arg!! Is anyone else dealing with this mid-summer pest? Over the past few days they've declared war over our kitchen and so far, they're winning! Isn't it amazing how fast they reproduce?! I mean seriously!! I realized quickly that the super-ripe bananas sitting in the fruit bowl was not helping our cause. Hmmm, alright, if I have to...I'll make banana bread...twist my rubber arm!

This loaf is my go-to recipe for banana bread. It's a Dreena Burton recipe, and as always, it's low in sweetener, uses whole grain flour, and turns out perfectly moist and delicious every time! The bread is spiced just right and is complemented so nicely with the sweetness from the maple syrup and banana. Oh, and you may have noticed the little bits of chocolate in the picture...yeah, chocolate and bananas are a match made in heaven if you ask me! Also try adding nuts like pecans or walnuts, they all work really well with this recipe.

Sliced bread freezes really nicely, as do muffins*...they're great to have on hand in the freezer when you want a nice treat.

Now you too have a strategy to conquer the fruit flies in your kitchen! You're welcome! ;)

Maple Banana Loaf

1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg, grated (or ground nutmeg)
couple pinches of salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips and/or nuts of your choice (optional)
1 cup very ripe bananas, mashed (usually about 2-4 bananas)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp vanilla or plain non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (including chocolate chips and nuts), sifting in baking powder and baking soda. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine mashed banana with maple syrup, soy milk, vanilla extract and oil. Mix until just combined (do not overmix).

Pour into a lightly oiled 9"x5" loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

*For muffins, bake at 375 degrees for 19-23 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.


This recipe is from Dreena Burton's The Everyday Vegan