I received a Cook Book called “Mother’s Cook Book” from my daughter years ago when she was in Elementary School…. wow has it been that long!!! And inside this Book was Michaela’s Favourite Recipe, a ridiculously simple Banana Bread that I have baked tons of times now! Originally, it asked for 1 Cup of sugar for a loaf, but I wittled that down to 1 Cup for 2 loaves. It really didn’t need that much sugar!
Over the years, it’s become a staple, it’s been an absolute favourite of ours and friends and family! And now, it still is, but it’s gone vegan!
Here’s the Recipe! By the way, this recipe is for 2 loaves. One loaf just doesn’t last long!! Start with the Flax Eggs! (1 tbsp. ground up flax seed to 3-4 tbsp. water…. combine…. put into the fridge while you’re putting the rest of the ingredients together! It congeals like an egg.)
- 4 flax eggs!
- 1/2 C. apple sauce (or a mashed up pear)
- 3/4 C. sugar
- 4 ripe bananas mashed
- 2 1/2 C. flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 C. chocolate chips (I’ve been using the Cuisine Camino dark choc. chips, gluten free, organic, fairtrade… expensive $6.59 for 225 g., still looking for something not so expensive, if you have any suggestions)
Combine all ingredients. I add the flax eggs intermittently while stirring in the flour ….. then I add….
…. 1/2 C. cranberries, 1/2 C. pumpkin seeds, or walnuts, or whatever you like! Grease 2 loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 60 min. I always take it out after 50 min. With the apple sauce though, you probably need a full hour, maybe even a few more minutes. Keep checking!
I have to say, I should have added some more water to this batch…. even just a couple more tablespoons to make the batter not quite so thick. Here they turned out a bit dense… still tasty though! The other discovery that I have made is that you should always use “ripe bananas”. Even a bit brown actually. When they are too new, somewhat green, the bread always turns out too heavy, so make sure you use ripe bananas! Try it, you’ll like it. Definitely an excellent snack to have around the house always!
Oh, and for dinner, we had sushi…. love sushi… just had to share! 🙂
Enjoy! Thanks for reading! Tell me what you think!!