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Oh-So-Easy and Scrumptious Banana Bread

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Have some bananas that are getting to the over-ripe point and want to do something with them? Ah, I have just the idea! A quick and simple, yet incredibly moist and yummy, banana bread.

You probably have all the items in your pantry and refrigerator, so here goes…

2 large or 3 small ripe bananas, mashed

¼ cup unsweetened, plain yogurt (or pureed apples, peaches, or even jam)

¼ cup avocado oil

½ cup unrefined sugar

2 tablespoons molasses (or dark agave or brown rice syrup)

2 cups white whole wheat pastry flour (or other flour, even a gluten-free mix)

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Pinch of ground allspice, optional, but really yummy when added

Pinch of ground cloves, ditto the allspice

  • Prepare one bread loaf pan by lightly coating with oil or Earth Balance creamy spread
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas.
  • Add the yogurt, oil, sugar, molasses, and mix until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, sea salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Pour batter into your prepared bread pan.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in pan on wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then flip out of pan and allow loaf to cool completely on the wire rack.

Note: This banana bread freezes incredibly well, so you can save it for another day’s treat.

Feeling a wee bit crazy and adventurous? Trying adding a cup of chocolate chips, or some raisins, or how about some nuts? Or how about a combination? Get crazy. Make it your own. But most importantly, enjoy!

*An important aspect of sharing original recipes is to give proper credit to the author(s) of the recipe(s). I hope that you enjoy using these recipes and making them your own; but please do so with that integrity in mind. With much gratitude. Linda

 

Down’n’Dirty Quick’n’Easy Beer Muffins

Beer Muffins
Beer Muffins

Here’s a simple, yet extraordinarily delicious, muffin that you can whip up and serve on your Thanksgiving table that will wow everyone who likes to have a piece of bread to sop up that amazing vegan gravy you’ll be serving.

All you need are the ingredients, which you probably already have in your pantry, a large mixing bowl, a wire whisk, a 12-cup muffin tin (or a 6-cup large muffin tin, but I recommend the small muffins for the best results), and an oven. Continue reading Down’n’Dirty Quick’n’Easy Beer Muffins

Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 4 – The Frosting & Coconut

The Creamy Sweetness otherwise known as "Frosting"
The Creamy Sweetness…otherwise known as “Frosting”

Now for the frosting…that creamy sweet topping that envelopes the cake, in all its lusciousness… Continue reading Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 4 – The Frosting & Coconut

Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 3 – The Custard

November is World Vegan Month
November is World Vegan Month

What would a layer cake be without a custard filling? Since our cake is a Limoncello Coconut Cake, we’ll follow that theme through all components of this dessert. Continue reading Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 3 – The Custard

Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 2 – The Cake

November is World Vegan Month
November is World Vegan Month

Ah, now….what to do with the limoncello…why, make a limoncello coconut cake. My original cake recipe was for a white cake with a custard filling and buttercream icing. The Limoncello Coconut Cake Series Parts 2-4 will give you my non-vegan original recipes followed by my transformed and improved vegan recipes, taking creative license with all of them. My hope is that you’ll read these recipes, and that they will inspire you and provide you with guidance regarding how to do the same with your heirloom recipes.

Limoncello Coconut Cake
Limoncello Coconut Cake

Continue reading Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 2 – The Cake

Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 1 – The Limoncello

November is World Vegan Month
November is World Vegan Month

In keeping with the theme of celebrating World Vegan Month with a daily post instead of my typical weekly Tuesday posts and in going to the roots of Veganification, which is celebrating the journey of becoming and being vegan, I thought that I’d take you through the journey of veganifying one of my old stand-by recipes. The original recipe was my standard white layer cake with vanilla pudding and buttercream frosting. Starting today, and over the next four days, I’ll walk you through how I transformed my non-vegan set of recipes into the most incredible (hope it’s okay for me to tout my own horn on this one) Limoncello Cake that will impress anyone and everyone.

Limoncello Coconut Cake
Limoncello Coconut Cake

Continue reading Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 1 – The Limoncello

Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Sauce

The Great & Glorious Pumpkin
Savory Pumpkin Cream Sauce The Great & Glorious Pumpkin

 

Did you really think I’d let the Fall season pass us by without any mention of this amazing vegetable, the pumpkin! No, it’s not for carving this year. This year we are baking it up and making a savory pumpkin sauce that is as versatile as it is delectable.

The possibilities are endless. Continue reading Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Sauce

Holiday Fruit Cake (Not Your Typical Re-Gifted or Door Stop Fruit Cake)

Fruitcakes cooling and awaiting their first maceration
Fruitcakes cooling and awaiting their first maceration

Fruitcake Mis-En-Place

I know what you’re thinking….oh geez, a fruit cake!  Never!  Those hard-as-bricks, not-worthy-of-eating, fruitcakes.  The only thing a fruitcake is good for is a doorstop or a re-gift.  Who’s going to be the recipient of this re-gifted cake this year?

Trust me on this one….this recipe will turn your head and heart around 180 degrees .  You will become a fruitcake believer and aficionado.  Honest, you will.

Continue reading Holiday Fruit Cake (Not Your Typical Re-Gifted or Door Stop Fruit Cake)