Bananas are a very divisive subject in our house. Adam hates them with a vengeance, I don’t mind a ‘lady finger’ every now and again and Paul loves identifying them (‘nah-nah’) but will only eat them at daycare, never at home 🙃. So when I found myself with a couple of small, very over-ripe bananas the other day, I decided the only solution was to make banana bread. I’ll confess, part of my desire to whip up a loaf was the fact Adam won’t eat it and Paul isn’t partial to cake – I knew I’d be able to slowly devour my sweet treat over the course of several days…
As with so many recipes in my repertoire, I used the BBC Good Food vegan banana bread recipe as my guide, just making a few little tweaks.
What you’ll need
- Three large over-ripe (black) bananas
- 85ml of vegetable oil
- 100g of brown sugar
- 225g of plain flour (BBC Good Food says that can be substituted for self-raising flour, just knock back the baking powder to two teaspoons)
- three teaspoons of baking powder
- three teaspoons of cinnamon (or mixed spice)
- optional 50g of dried fruit or nuts (I used pecans)
How to do it
- Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C and oil and line a loaf tin. In a large bowl, mash together the banana and the oil, then add in the sugar, mixing to combine.
- Add in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, and combine well. Then add in any fruits/nuts and mix until combined.
- Cook for 20 minutes. If the loaf is browning, cover with foil and then cook for another 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. (I like my banana bread to have a nice crunchy crust and a deep golden glow, so I cooked mine for about 30-35 minutes uncovered.)
- Allow to cool slightly in the tin, and then turn out onto a cooling rack. Enjoy whilst warm… or on day two, three or four slightly warmed and buttered well.
Quick and easy – just how I like my baked goods! This is quite a dense banana bread, so if you’re looking for something light and fluffy, this perhaps isn’t it. I quite like that heaviness though, it makes it a very satisfying snack.
Have a wonderful week.