Old habits die hard! Sugar-free delicious banana bread.
It's true! I also made a banana bread like everyone else during the quarantine! But I was in love with this delicacy since before the pandemic started. My previous flatmate Sarah, used to bake them back in 2014 and I was so envious I didn't have enough time or money to bake some myself at the time. Good times! Banana bread is one of my favourite things to eat these days! Since the quarantine started my appetite has gone wild. I bake almost every other day, and it's never enough! Although I am trying to be more careful with my food choices lately and I am leaning towards a healthier diet, still I can't refuse myself a treat or two. Never inappropriate!
As far as I am enjoying being at home, surprisingly a lot, there are a few things I find missing. Sharing creativity with friends and colleagues and our small KIbS female community is one of them. I miss sharing ideas and discussing over even the least important things. I wish we could live in a world where people enjoy sharing all the amazing things they know with each other. I am not as curious about other people's lives as I am about all the things I can learn from them while I am still part of this world. Don't get me wrong, I am not a heartless knowledge worm with zero interest in people, I still wish everyone well and I want to know that they are all healthy and happy. But being productive and learning has a significant meaning to me. From the least important things, to the most essential. An aesthete love for details and all things being equally important. We all have nothing to lose, and a whole world to see!
The easiest thing for most of us would be to find recipes and advice on baking online. However, when it's coming from people you know, you trust that it's already been tried, tasted and approved. So, the recipe I will be sharing with you today is a mixture of two different recipes I borrowed from two lovely KIbS' girls, of our female group for sharing knowledge, who were kind enough to share with me their favourite recipes. The result is a sugar-free vegan banana bread with some improvisation on the side, yet a royally luxurious, soft and delicious dessert. So, thank you girls for the inspiration; I am looking forward to more exhilarating recipes!
Preparation time: approx. 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 45-55 minutes
Serves: 5-6 people
4-5 overripe medium bananas, well mashed (no added sugar or sweeteners besides the bananas, hence I used 5)
1/5 cup coconut oil melted
1/5 cup vegetable oil (you can stick to coconut oil, but it's quite pricy)
2 cups flour of your choice
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (you can also use 1-2 eggs instead should you wish)
This recipe is extremely simple and quick, and yet so delicious! Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until combined. No need to smoothen the mixture as this will flatten your bread later on. Pour the mixture into a well-oiled cake tin. Make sure to also add some flour powder to the tin before adding the batter. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a fork inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Wait for the cake to cool before removing it from the tin. Finish with dusting some icing sugar for garnish before serving, or chose a garnish to your taste. I prefer my bread naked but feel free to add any mix-ins, nuts, chocolate chips, dried or fresh fruits etc. Enjoy!