Vegan 6-Banana Banana Bread & Planning For a Vegan Vacation! [RECIPE]
Good Morning Beautiful People!
How are you today? It’s Friday!!! Yay!! This morning I was dancing across my carpet rocking out to welcome in the day. It’s Friday, which means it’s going to be a fabulous day. You know when you do something that you’re seriously proud of, and you can’t help but want to gush about it? That’s me today. About a week ago I made a six banana banana bread recipe that was absolutely delicious. I thought I couldn’t top it…. but I did! But before I jump into today’s recipe let me tell you a bit of what I’ve been up to, and why I decided to make my own Vegan version of that recipe.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I’ve been Vegan… ish. Yes, I’ve been Vegan with a sprinkle of meat and eggs. I needed an “aha” moment to really push me over the edge and say “no more”. I needed that one thing to wake me up and fully commit. I just didn’t realize I’d have two “aha” moments in one day! The first moment came when I was watching a Youtuber I follow. She and her husband moved into a tiny home off grid in the desert and are living a peaceful existence, happily vegan, rockin’ the solar panels, etc. Little did I know she would also show footage of an event with PETA that she went to. In the footage, her and a group of peaceful protesters went to a slaughterhouse for pigs, and were able to give water and love on these pigs in trucks right before they were executed. Now I think it’s incredibly compassionate that the slaughterhouse owner and the truck drivers pulled over in the parking lot and allowed the protesters to show some compassion to these beautiful, intelligent creatures. Did you know that pigs have been proven to be incredibly smart? Yup, it’s true!
And so there I was looking into the eyes of these pigs, smashed in tight to these trucks, scared out of their mind. And for what? To give us bacon? Pork belly? Pork chops? My heart broke for them and I found myself disgusted by the thought of eating meat. Then I tuned into a talk by Dr. Greger, author of “How Not to Die”. (I highly recommend this book). In his talk he was showing the actual scientific research and figures of why a fruit and vegetable-based diet is the healthiest at prolonging a quality life… not just the extension of life. In order to have more years where you can run, climb mountains, etc. the body needs the ability to fuel itself without endotoxins that come from meat and dairy. All dairy…. including eggs. (Are you ready for my “aha” moment?). In his research, he found that women who eat 1 egg per day, the effect of that on the heart is the same as smoking FIVE cigarettes!
Okay, let me pause here a moment. I don’t smoke. In fact, I’m probably the biggest anti-smoker ever. I hate smoking. It’s nasty, smells gross, and it’s just asking for cancer cells to grow. I’m vehemently opposed to smoking! So when Dr. Greger said that eating an egg is the same as smoking? I froze like a deer in headlights. What?! I’m hurting my heart?! So I did it, folks. While Mr. Noob Chef was at work I went through the entire kitchen cupboards and rounded up all the eggs, butter, and anything else non-Vegan and took it out to the bin. I then had “the talk” with my hubby, and I’m pleased to report that he’s actually happily on board with being full-time Vegans!
So from here on out all of our recipes will be fully Vegan. Now that we’re all in, being Vegan, especially out of the house can be challenging. Many people aren’t Vegan and it’s difficult to eat out while sticking to completely non-animal-based dishes and products. This is why I love to cook at home so much. But what do you do while on holiday/vacation? It just so happens that after the New Year, the family and I are off on a 10-day vacation! I’m already looking up Vegan restaurants to eat at, but one tip I’ll share is that for the majority of the holiday, I’ll still be cooking for us. 🙂 Yes, I’m going to hit up the grocery store, stock up on a ton of fruit, vegetables, and lentils, and get cooking while away from my kitchen. This will make things 10 times easier. How about you? How do you eat healthy while away on holiday?
And now, let’s look at today’s Vegan recipe!
Guys, I’m so proud of this little banana bread. I didn’t think I could top the last one because previously it was so moist! But I did it!! This banana bread was moist, perfectly golden brown, so rich in flavor from the bananas, and I even cut the brown sugar in half! It was a win-win all around. I really hope you give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Have a beautiful weekend everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤
6 Banana Banana Bread (Vegan Version)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 egg replacer = 2 tablespoons organic flax seed + 5 tbsp. water, let set for 10m. then you’re good to go!
- 6 mashed medium overripe bananas
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together vegan butter and brown sugar. Stir in egg replacer and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten, do not over-mix. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.