vegan blueberry banana bread

August 15, 2010

There are many days where my eats are over the top delicious, with me telling you that you need to make a certain dinner or lunch dish before your life is actually fulfilled.
Unfortunately for you, today was not one of those days. It was a day, however, where my baking skills were put to work. I swear you won’t be disappointed.

vegan blueberry banana bread

Hold on, hold on.. we’ll get to that in a minute.
My appetite has really been lacking today for some reason. I’m just not very hungry, but eating well… because I have to eat. This is highly unusual for me, and I’m not sure what’s up. I rolled with it though. I took a nap after church today – i HAD to. I was so crabby this morning and I am pretty sure the husband felt like he was putting a toddler to bed.  When I woke up around 1:30, I knew lunch should be served, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Therefore, I made myself the most boring rice bowl ever.

brown rice, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and salsa

I also felt the need for some sweetness, so fruit was on the menu as well. A large organic pink lady to be exact.

organic pink lady

I went to Costco this afternoon where I picked up my favorite hummus. I told Mommasita this morning that I “NEEDED” the hummus again. It wasn’t a want, it was a NEED. I don’t believe in lying, so she knew it was an emergency. :) I was doing cartwheels in the store so happy to finally have it back.

For dinner, we played a game called “operation clean out fridge”. The husband had a leftover burger and potatoes from last night. I had leftover tofu from Friday, so I paired it with a huge salad and some veggies with hummus.

monstrous salad

i find my salads to be best when overflowing in the bowl.

leftover tofu, carrots, zucchini, hummus

Okay, now what you’ve all been waiting for. The main event. This afternoon I made Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread adapted from FatFree Vegan Kitchen. I made a couple of changes, so I want to make sure to post the recipe below because this bread is absolutely scrumptious.

Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread

What you’ll need:

  • 2 large (or 3 small) very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill, but feel free to use any flour mixture of your choice)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • cinnamon to taste (which means a lot for me!)
  • 1 cup blueberries

How it’s done:

  1. You’ll want to start by mashing up your bananas in a large bowl. Once your bananas are mashed, add the lemon juice to the mix.

2 very ripe, very large bananas

4. Mix the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix until smooth. Feel free to add MORE cinnamon at this point. Gently fold in the blueberries.
5. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×5 loaf pan.

when i say i added cinnamon, i mean i ADDED cinnamon!

6. Baked at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

into the oven she went!

If your bread looks anything like this when it comes out, you have been successful in your baking adventures.

vegan blueberry banana bread

This bread is perfect – I’m not kidding you. I have had a lot of trouble with my baked goods lately as they have been very dense to say the least. Meg and I both agree my coffee cake still needs a little work, but this bread is fantastic.

moist, chewy, mildly sweet - perfection.

 So, do yourself and your family a favor by making this for them sometime soon! Let me know how you like it as well. I always love honest feedback!

 I also want to say mad props to Miss Amy who is in the process of organizing an email list and is planning on getting us Chicago bloggers organized to have meet ups and functions! I’m super excited!

I’m off to go eat some bread in the form of cereal (yes, a little weird, but it’s delicious) and relax by catching up on your lives. Have a great night!

Question: Have you ever had a meet up with fellow bloggers? How did it go? I have yet to have any meet ups, and unfortunately missed my chance at THE BIGGEST meet up ever this weekend. I’m excited to perhaps do one soon!

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