Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Erica's vegan banana loaf

What to do when you're studying and dieting? Slightly bastardize the recipe of a friend and ask permission to blog it.

I present to you: Erica's Vegan Banana Loaf!

1 cup (115g) walnuts (or pecans), toasted and coarsely chopped
2 cups plain white flour (or 1 cup plain white, 1 cup plain wholemeal)
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup raw sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 large, ripe bananas (approx 450g or 1 1/2 cups), mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tbsp vinegar (apple cider vinegar is best, but white also works)
1 tsp vanilla (extract or essence)
3/4 cup water (or apple juice)

FYI: I used the 2 cups of white flour, the walnuts, the apple cider vinegar, normal sugar and the water. I also added a chopped 100g block of Sweet Williams chocolate, stored near the Naytura section of your local Woolies. I imagined it was listed when I first read the recipe, so it was a sign that it HAD to be added).

  • Preheat oven to 180oC, grease & flour 23 x 13 x 8cm loaf tin (I used a square tin - I don't know the size... I'm a hack of a cook!)
  • Combine dry ingredients (including chocolate and walnuts) and set aside.
  • Combine banana, oil, vinegar, vanilla and water/juice (I used one of the 100 bananas I have stored in my freezer - I just sat the in cold water in the sink until they thawed).
  • With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon light fold wet ingredients into dry until just combined. Do not over mix! (I was naughty and used a wooden spoon - works just as well)
  • Pour batter into prepared tin and bake for 55 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean (mine took just over 45 minutes - I have a dodgy oven so it was set to 200 which is probably close to 180. Also - don't worry if it makes a 'schloop' noise when you pull it out - as long as it is clean (as long as you don't hit chocolate on the way through!)!).
  • Cool on a wire rack then remove bread from the pan (Mine shook straight from the pan onto the rack because I was TOO KEEN TO EAT IT).
  • Serve at room tempearature (OR - cut yourself a slice and butter it while it's hot, then eat four pieces. FANTASTIC).
Why yes - I am totally a pro food-photographer ... can't you tell?!

A clear bench space is of the utmost importance...

The only thing better than warm banana-walnut-chocolate loaf? Warm banana-walnut-chocolate loaf smothered with vegan margarine!

I found the inside a little crumbly when it was warm (I presume this will settle once it has cooled) and the crust was a lovely chewy texture that tasted similar to gingerbread (note: has been a LONG time since I've eaten gingerbread!). I have been advised the crust will turn softer and that it lasts well.



D'Jen said...

That looks freakin' yum!

I would try and cook it, but I won't...on account of me being a SHIT cook and all ;)

Enny said...

d'jen - I'm a lazy cook and I did it - AND I DID IT WELL! Give it a try - I promise it will work... and then it can turn in to some kind of cooking meme ;o)

Erica said...

d'jen - you should totally try and cook it. It's really easy! It's a basic cake recipe and doesn't require any special equipment or skills. The only thing that's really essential is that you sift the flour and baking powders together well, and also grease and flour the tin so that it doesn't stick.

Try it once, if it doesn't work out it'll still taste yum, then you can try again with the knowledge from the first failed attempt.

Enny said...

d'jen - I didn't even sift!!

Desci said...

GOD that looks good. I might try it... with the muffin tins we have (no bread tins, ak)

Enny said...

desci - I'm sure they'd make DELIGHTFUL muffins! And it has banana and nuts so it totally counts as healthy :o)

Desci said...

Hee! We didn't have walnuts so I used oats, put in some organic cocoa, swapped the raw sugar for brown, and BEST. MUFFINS. EVAH. nomnomnom...

Enny said...

desci - glad you liked them!! This recipe is a dirty Dirty DIRTY hussy :o)

Desci said...

Baha! People use her as they want. She's filthy like that.

shiruko99 said...

Thanks for this, I made it today using Green & Black's Mayan Gold dark chocolate (it was all I had on hand, & added a touch of spice to the mix) & only needed 40 mins.

It was delish! Thank you!