Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cinnamon Pecan Banana Bread - Vegan and So Delicious.

I've been altering my original recipe and have come up with an awesome alternative recipe using more whole wheat flour, less sugar and more bananas + nuts without losing texture or moisture or flavor.

Ingredients

3 bananas

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose flour

2 tbsp ground flax seed combined with 6 tbsp of water (mix together and let sit for 1 minute) - you can use 2 eggs if you don't have ground flax seed.

1/2 cup of butter substitute (like Smart Balance or Earth Balance)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans (very reasonable at Aldi) - walnuts would work also
Optional (if you feel indulgent) - 1 small dark chocolate bar chopped into chunks

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Throw the first 9 ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine well with a hand mixer until smooth and well incorporated. Fold in 1/2 of the pecans (and if you are adding chocolate, add it now) - spray a loaf pan with baking spray. Pour in the batter and top with remaining pecans down the middle of the loaf.

Bake for about 75 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean) - it's better overbaked than underbaked. Trust me. It stays moist, but you don't want the middle to get gooey (it's happened to me before).

It is sooo soooo good.

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