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Vegan Banana Bread

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Serves 8

Cheap and easy, low-fat and low-sugar -- yet extremely moreish! This banana cake is almost too good to be true.

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Ingredients

  • 225g Plain flour (or use Self-raising flour and reduce the Baking powder to 2 heaped tsp)
  • 3 heaped tsp Baking powder
  • 100g Brown sugar
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon or Mixed spice
  • 3 large Black bananas, mashed
  • 75g Vegetable or Sunflower oil (weight)
  • 50g Dried fruit or nuts (optional)

Method

    1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celcius.
    2. Mash the peeled bananas with a fork. Mix well with oil and sugar.
    3. Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, and combine well.
    4. Add any additional ingredients.
    5. Baked in a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin for 20 minutes, before checking. Cover with foil, if the loaf cake is browning. Bake for another 40 minutes (approximately).
    6. Allow to cool a little before slicing. It's delicious freshly baked but even yummier when it goes gooey the next day!

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mm1937
18th May, 2017
1.3
This recipe really needs to be amended - 3 heaped teaspoons of baking powder is way too much and as nearly every single comment has said below: it makes it very bitter. I typically don't read the comments if a recipe has 5 stars but I won't make that mistake again.
allanah_2
27th Apr, 2017
Love the recipe but too much cinnamon and I only added 2 tsp... maybe 1 next time or none!! I also marbled mine with vegan hazelnut chocolate spread.. delicious
ingenious.buttons
28th Mar, 2017
5.05
I've been using this as my go-to banana bread recipe for about 3 years, as my partner was vegan. As per many of the comments below, I prefer it with a few adaptations! - I reduce the sugar; the most I have used is 50g, as I would find 100g far too sweet. - I reduce the baking powder; three heaped teaspoons is excessive and ruins the flavour for me. About 2 level teaspoons seems about right for me, sometimes I add a half teaspoon of bicarb as I find it works well in vegan baking (rather than baking powder alone). - I use about 1tsp or 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and spice (I use ginger) - I reduce the oil, or replace it with apple sauce or grated fresh apple (search for using apple sauce instead of oil/fat in baking). - I have used a mixture of flours, currently I have some wholemeal spelt to use up and it has worked great in this. I find it a versatile recipe and flexible, and very tasty!
puhoop89
30th Dec, 2016
3 tspn of baking powder is too much for this recipe. The bread has come out completely salty.
minervaj
2nd Dec, 2016
5.05
Brilliant recipe, thank you. I made it with self raising flour and the 2 tsp baking powder. It did seem a lot of baking powder, but I sifted it with the flour into a separate bowl first. I also gave the banana/oil/sugar mix a good beating with the wooden spoon so the wet and dry ingredients only needed minimal mixing after that. It rose beautifully, but needed a total of 70 minutes cooking time. Will definitely make again
gosposh
26th Oct, 2016
0.05
If you like eating baking powder by spoon than it would be perfect. Mine ended up on a compost pile.
kelly138
18th Oct, 2016
I tried this recipe and it was REVOLTING. It got 32 positive ratings but I should have known looking at the ingredients . I stupidly made this and almost had to vomit as it was so disgusting
lauramy
2nd Sep, 2016
You can substitute the veg/sunflower oil for coconut oil - it still turns out delicious. Also works well using gluten free self raising flour blend. I added chunky dark chocolate bits into the bread mix and it tastes divine!
Minitron
13th Aug, 2016
I made this and can tell it would be good if the amount of baking powder hadn't ruined the flavour : (. I am wondering if this 3 heaped tsp is a typo! I was originally going to use rounded teaspoons of b.powder but went against my intuition and did them heaped. I threw one in the bin last night because the baking powder had clogged and I thought that was the only problem (NEVER use cloggy baking powder!) So I bought a new tube of b.powder and it's still really bitter, rose and sunk. A reader below has posted an almost identical recipe using 2tsp b.powder (I am using plain flour). I will deffo try 2 tsp with my plain flour next time : (.
Charpeet
29th Jul, 2016
Can I use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil?

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mossyfrog
22nd Dec, 2016
3.8
I love this recipe, its a great way to use up the spares when i get a bulk order of nanas. The first time I made it it was definitely more bread like (I had better scales) and this time I made it, I added a few extras such as golden sultanas, nutmeg, ginger & a bit of agave syrup to give it a kick and it was more cake like (I used weird scales my mum gave me). I like both, but I will deffo try and make it more bread-y next time! My question is, does anyone know how long it will last in an air tight container before it goes bad? (it doesn't usually kick around that long in our house) but was just wondering! Thanks for sharing! :~)
rougey
19th Feb, 2016
Can you use olive oil?
ingenious.buttons
28th Mar, 2017
5.05
As per my comment: - reduce the sugar (made it most recently with only 25g sugar, still sweet enough for my taste and texture still good!) - reduce the oil or substitute with some apple sauce/grated apple - reduce the baking powder - reduce the spice unless you love cinnamon I still think it is fab though!
evwaight
24th Mar, 2017
This came out so well, but I would recommended substituting the oil for dairy free butter/olive spread etc and adding a teaspoon of vanilla essence. I mixed mine with sultanas and almonds to give it some substance and topped with dehydrated banana pieces stuck on with coconut almond butter (personally I hate it but it was for mothers day haha) :)
eliaa
1st May, 2016
The bread turned out way too sweet in my opinion. If you are using properly ripe (with specks and thus ripe sugars) bananas, or even a bit older ones, definitely use less sugar, I'd dare to say at least a fourth of it less.
jiminyhall
8th Sep, 2014
5.05
I used wholemeal flour, was delicious and a lovely colour and texture.