Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Vegan Banana Bread

I happily stumbled upon this vegan banana bread recipe last Fall, and it's been a staple ever since. The funny thing is, I've never been really successful with banana bread. I've made it dozens of times, non-vegan with eggs and milk and such, but it's never turned out quite right. Then I tried this vegan recipe, and to my surprise and delight, it's the best banana bread I've ever made! It always turns out beautifully, with a nice, slightly crispy crust that is a great contrast to the soft bread. I also love the addition of allspice. It lends a fantastic flavor to the bread that I love. Try it! I'm sure you'll love it, too.

Banana Bread

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup margarine, at room temp
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup vanilla soy milk, mixed with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 8x4 bread pan with non stick cooking spray, or lightly coat with margarine.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.

Cream together the margarine and sugars. Add bananas, soy milk and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix well. Pour batter into pan. Bake for an hour to an hour 10 minutes.


crankycheryl said...

Do you have an opinion about using olive oil vs. the margarine? I hate to use the hydrogenated stuff these days ...

Suzan said...

Hey Cheryl,
Thanks so much for the great recipe! My husband was looking over my shoulder and picked out a bunch of of your dishes that he wants me to make, including this one. I wrote about baking for him in an article I wrote for O, the Oprah Magazine, and in my book "Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times." I'd love to send you a copy of the book. With your love of cookbooks and food in general, you're a girl after my own heart. Thanks!

Heather said...

This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!