If you’re seeking a healthier twist on classic banana bread, look no further than whole food plant-based banana bread! This delectable treat is crafted using only whole, minimally processed ingredients and is free of animal products, making it a top choice for vegans and those following a plant-based diet. (Also see 3 Ingredient Vegan Banana Bread or Vegan Banana Bread Recipes)
The key to its delicious flavor lies in ripe bananas, which serve as both a natural sweetener and provide a creamy texture that holds the bread together.
In place of refined flour, whole wheat flour is used, imbuing the bread with a nutty flavor and chewy texture. Sweeten it up with pure maple syrup or another minimally processed natural sweetener, and don’t forget to add some spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, for an extra depth of flavor.
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to whip up this bread with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, such as unsweetened applesauce or plant-based oil in place of butter or oil.
Once you’ve combined the mashed bananas, whole wheat flour, sweetener, and oil, pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan, bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 45-50 minutes, and voila! A nutritious and delicious treat awaits.
Not only does whole food plant-based banana bread taste amazing, it’s also packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Bananas are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber, while whole wheat flour provides fiber and sustained energy.
Studies have shown that consuming a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods can bring numerous health benefits, such as reducing the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers, while also promoting gut health, reducing inflammation, and lowering the risk of obesity and other diet-related diseases.
In conclusion, whole food plant-based banana bread is the perfect option for those looking to up their health game while satisfying their sweet tooth. Give it a try, and you’ll quickly understand why it’s a tasty and nutritious alternative to traditional banana bread.
Whole Food Plant-Based Banana Bread (WFPB & Vegan)
- 3 ripe bananas mashed
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or vegan butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup almond or oat flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans optional
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, melted coconut oil or vegan butter, and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda, salt, almond or oat flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and baking powder.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
- Fold in the chopped nuts, if using.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
- Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Slice and enjoy the delicious, whole food plant-based banana bread!
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