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A Superfood Vegan Banana Bread

 

 

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We’ve been experimenting with this recipe for a while! We love vegan banana bread but are often bored by it. It often presents with a mono-flavor of sweet banana as well as a consistently soft texture.

We set out to remedy this with a Your Vegan Family Superfood Easy Vegan Banana Bread creation! It’s comfort-food-satisfying, has a strong buttery banana flavor, and a diverse texture from the walnuts and chia seeds. It’s also quick and easy to whip up! We love it hot and fresh out of the oven, but our favorite is toasted up the next morning for a superfood, plant-based breakfast!

Benefits of our Vegan Banana Bread Recipe Superfoods

Superfoods are nutrient-dense, meaning they contain a lot of important nutrients in a small volume of food. They're incredibly good for you! We add them to our recipes to give you more vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats, and proteins in every bite. 

Obesity is a modern problem that stems from eating a calorie-rich diet rather than a nutrient-rich diet.1 Many people have urges to eat more calories than they need in an effort to get the nutrients they need. When you eat a nutrient-rich diet that meets your body's needs your body is happier with a healthy caloric intake.

Healthy caloric intake=healthy body weight, a longer life expectancy, and a lower chance of disease.

"Decreasing energy and increasing nutrient density of the diet throughout the life course is thought to have a beneficial effect on the risk of developing Non-Communicative Diseases." 2

This vegan banana bread recipe contains three nutrient-dense superfoods: Chia seeds, Flax seeds, and walnuts. 

Chia seeds are high in anti-oxidants, the helpers that keep your cells safe from free-radicals that can play a role in cardiac problems, cancer, and other diseases. They're also high in heart-healthy omega 3 oils, fiber, and protein. 

Flax seeds have the benefits of Chia seeds and also contain lignans, which may reduce cancer risk. 

Walnuts have the benefits of Chia seeds too and they also support gut health (a key for overall mental, emotional, and physical well-being), and decrease the inflammation that causes pain and disease.

For more information on plant-sourced nutrients and health, read our other articles: 

How to Boost Your Immune System with Plant-Based Foods

Plant-Based Stress Reducers

Another Superfood recipe you might enjoy is our Sweet Superfood Sesame Snacks. They're crispy, slightly sweet bundles of nutrients :-)

Now, back to this delicious Vegan Banana Bread Recipe! 

It’s so simple to make:

vegan banana bread ingredients bananas, chia seeds, walnuts

1. Mash and mix wet ingredients.

2. Add dry ingredients.

3. Stir.

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe in pan unbaked

4. Bake.

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe baked and ready to eat

5. Eat.

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe baked and sliced

What are you waiting for! Go get ripe bananas from the store, they’re often on sale!

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Vegan Banana Bread Recipe


Prep

  • 15 minutes prep, 90 minutes bake
  • Serves 10 (slices)
  • Suggested equipment: electric mixer, bread pan
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup room temperature Earth Balance or other vegan butter
  • 1 cup coconut sugar, raw sugar, or light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 6 Tbsp water
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Oil a large bread pan. 
  2. Mix the 3 Tbs ground flax seeds and 6 Tbs water in a small cup and set aside.
  3. Place 4 bananas, 1 cup room temperature butter, and 1 cup sugar in a mixing bowl and mix with the electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. If the butter is not room temperature cream the butter and sugar first, then add mashed bananas and mix until fluffy.
  4. Add flax mixture, 1/4 cup applesauce, and 1 tsp vanilla and mix for 1 minute.
  5. Add 1 cup chopped walnuts and stir. 
  6. Combine all dry ingredients: 2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 cup chia seeds. 
  7. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Using a spatula or large spoon, mix until combined.
  8. Pour into the prepared bread pan.
  9. Bake 75-90 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean.
  10. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from pan and place on a rack to cool.

Chef's Notes 

This is a heavy loaf of bread! If you let it cool for 20 minutes it will be easier to cut. Feel free to substitute flours if you are gluten-free.  

You can also make these as muffins or a single layer cake. You will need to monitor them for cooking time. 


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Written by Your Vegan Family 

Stacy and Markus live an adventurous vegan lifestyle and write articles about their experiences cooking global vegan cuisine, creating businesses, raising vegan kids, and traveling through more than 65 countries. They earned degrees in molecular biology and acupuncture, consulted over decades for healthcare companies and individuals, created businesses in Asian medicine, eco-tourism, cultural immersion, and taught yoga in myriad venues.

We’ve learned a lot from eating a plant-based diet for 25 years and are eager to share more with you. Learn more on our About Us page.

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Vegan Banana Bread Recipe Grocery List: 

    • ripe bananas
    • Earth Balance or other vegan butter
    • coconut sugar, raw sugar, or light brown sugar,
    • ground flax seeds
    • chopped walnuts
    • applesauce
    • vanilla
    • all-purpose white flour
    • baking powder
    • nutmeg
    • salt
    • chia seeds


Vegan Banana Bread Recipe Nutritional Analysis

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutritional calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. When exact ingredients are not available in this database, the closest substitution is made. 

Percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet for an adult. 

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1. Br J Nutr2018 Aug;120(s1):S8-S14. doi: 10.1017/S0007114517002240. Epub 2017 Oct 30. Nutrient density: addressing the challenge of obesity

2. Nutrients. 2015 Jul; 7(7): 6016–6037. Published online 2015 Jul 21. Increased Intake of Foods with High Nutrient Density Can Help to Break the Intergenerational Cycle of Malnutrition and Obesity

 

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