I’ve kept my breakfast routine very simple lately and for a good reason….I can’t really stand complex/strong tastes in the morning and toasted bread with vegan butter is about the only thing I can swallow. However for the weekends, I love starting the day with something a little bit more sophisticated than just bread while I watch my favorite French show (On n’est pas couché) to keep myself up to date for the next Skype session with my family!
After doing a little bit of research, I came across several banana bread recipes that I decided to “mix and match”. I guess vegan banana bread is the closest thing to “neutral taste” I can ingest with my morning tea. This recipe is very easy and if you have busy weeks like me, you could make a few batches that you can freeze for later. After all, fancy breakfast shouldn’t be for weekends only.
Timing: preparation: 20 minutes , bake time: 1 hour
Serving: 8-10 slices
– 3 ripe bananas
– ¼ cup (52g) coconut oil
– 1/8 cup (2 tbsp.) almond butter
– ½ cup (60g) brown sugar
– ¼ cup (60ml) almond milk
– 1 tbsp. baking powder
– ½ tsp vanilla extract
– 1 and ½ cup (200g) all-purpose flour
– ½ cup (50g) rolled oats
– ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Start by preheating the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Peel the bananas and mash them using a fork.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, coconut oil and almond butter until obtaining a fluffy texture. Add the ground cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Stir again.
Pour the almond milk into the mixing bowl and add the banana. Mix with a spoon until smooth.
Finally, incorporate the flour and rolled oats progressively. The batter should become harder and harder to work with and that’s normal. The final texture of the batter should be very similar to bread dough.
Pour the batter into a medium-sized cake pan previously oiled.
You can have fun and decorate your vegan spiced banana bread with nuts (I went with walnuts because they add crisp touch + a delicious taste, and heart-shaped banana chunks), dried fruits, chocolate chips, anything really!!
Just make sure to gently press your topping into the dough to adhere.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
Let cool down and enjoy this beauty for your breakfast (you could spread some vegan butter on it or even marmalade), tea time or just as dessert!