Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread
Desi, my hubby, has a sweet tooth. A very, very sweet tooth. Although he’s usually careful about what he eats and pays close attention to what’s healthy and what’s not, all his good intentions simply evaporate when faced with a cookie or a cake or even a donut.
So one of the challenges I constantly face, as the primary cook of the household, is to make sweets that are healthy and nutritious without sacrificing even the tiniest bit on the taste factor.
One of the first cakes– or “breads”– that I ever made was a banana nut bread. It was in my pre-vegan days and I followed the recipe in the Joy of Cooking to the letter. It turned out great, and Desi was hooked.
Later, as a vegan, making a banana nut bread that was as good, but without the eggs and the butter the recipe called for, seemed a little daunting. However, substituting the eggs with a mixture of powdered flax seeds and water, and the butter with canola oil, as well as adding applesauce to the recipe, produced a moist, extremely flavorful bread that tastes as good as, if not better than, the original.
Flax seed powder is a great substitute for eggs in most recipes. Eggs usually serve as a binding agent in baked goods, and flax powder, when mixed with water, acquires a texture similar to that of beaten eggs and helps bring the ingredients together beautifully.
As I usually do with most baked goods that call for all-purpose flour, I used whole wheat pastry flour instead, further upping the nutrition value. I also used vegan sugar (Whole Foods has a great free-trade brand on its shelves) but you can also use regular or turbinado sugar. I add a tablespoon of molasses in my recipe because it gives the bread an even richer flavor and a great brown color, but you can leave it out if you don’t want to use it or don’t have any on hand.
I also toast the nuts lightly before I put them in the batter because I believe that extra step really enhances their flavor.
Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 5⅓ tbsp canola oil
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses (optional)
  • 2 tbsp powdered flax seeds mixed well with 6 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¾ cup pecans, lightly toasted, then chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil a 8½-inch by 4½-inch loaf pan.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the oil and the sugar on high speed for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Beat in the flour until the mixture resembles brown sugar
  5. Beat in the flax-water mixture and applesauce
  6. Fold in the mashed bananas and chopped pecans.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake about 50-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes and then unmold and let cool completely on a rack.

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Bananas for banana? Check out more banana-based goodies here on Holy Cow!, like my Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and my Banana Nut Muffins.
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15 thoughts on “Banana Nut Bread

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    Navami

    January 23, 2008 at 9:38pm

    Vaishali’s receipe was easy to follow for a first time baker like me and so tasty that my foodie friends requested I make some more the very next day!

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    Vaishali

    January 24, 2008 at 5:10pm

    Navami, glad it turned out well- I knew you could do it! Happy baking!

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    Pearlsofeast

    July 11, 2008 at 12:43am

    Vaishali,Great I found a nice eggless version of banana bread.Hey since I am traveling and we have a lot of transit time, My hubby insisted If i can whip up a cake and that can come handy.I have no eggs and I remembered u had mentioned about this in ur recent post.I just loved the ingredients.Will do it today.
    Great I have some homemade applesauce.

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    sainila

    April 16, 2010 at 7:16pm

    I dont have whole wheat pastry flour. can i make it with whole wheat flour? or all purpose flour?

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    Vaishali

    April 16, 2010 at 7:21pm

    Sainila, you can just use all-purpose, or use half whole wheat and half all-purpose which would be more healthy and more flavorful too.

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    anthony stemke

    April 19, 2011 at 10:39pm

    I am torn. I like a “bundt” pan but I like the Banana nut cake recipe too. I’ve got ripe bananas so I’ll have to decide tomorrow. Do you know what? I bet either one will be wonderful, like the rest of your stuff. Thank You.

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    Vaishali

    April 20, 2011 at 3:00am

    Anthony, If I had a choice and was one of those lucky people who don’t have to worry about calories, I’d choose the nut bread. It’s one of my best recipes and the molasses gives it a really rich taste. :)

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    anthony stemke

    April 20, 2011 at 2:37pm

    I an grateful for your time to respond, thank you. Am excited about using flaxseed meal, which I use for post workout protein drinksbut nothing else. Love eggs, but will stay true to your recipe, yours have not ever let me down. nut bread it is.

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    anthony stemke

    April 21, 2011 at 2:58am

    I baked the banana nut bread today and it was a spectacle. My BW actually allowed it to cool in the pan 5 minutes, then I turned it out to cool 3 minutes, at her nagging, er, I mean urging, we sliced it right away. Yes you should let it cool a little more, but it was too tempting to wait. Used walnuts and light olive oil.
    The flaxseed meal is fantastic, a great way to get good vegetable fat. Thank You.

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    Vaishali

    April 21, 2011 at 3:00am

    Anthony, glad you liked the banana bread! Using light olive oil is a great idea. Thanks for the feedback. :)

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    Antuanett

    December 22, 2011 at 10:50pm

    Hi, I was wondering what you could replace the canola oil with, without changing the flavor. Please and thank you!

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    Vaishali

    December 23, 2011 at 3:59am

    Antuanett, yes, you can definitely use another oil. You could use any flavorless vegetable oil or light olive oil, as one of the other readers (message above) did.

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    Deni Corklin

    April 10, 2012 at 11:59pm

    Made this banana bread….So moist and flavorful I didn’t miss the cinnamin at all!
    Your site is now on my favorites list after huge success (2 mornings in a row now) with the Whole Wheat Pancakes. Yum.

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    Judy

    October 13, 2013 at 11:21am

    flaxseed, banana and applesauce – it all of that really necessary (apart from the bananas?) as the bananas already act as an egg replacement…I don’t have the other stuff in the house so wondering if I can replace it with anything or just leave it?

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