Tuesday, March 04, 2008

RECIPE ~ Banana Bread Full of Goodness

I had 2 bananas getting much too ripe so of course I had to make banana bread! But not just any banana bread -- I wanted to pack this one full of seeds. A soft, muffin-like loaf pictured here made with barley flour, brown rice syrup and almond milk.

2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup of 'milk (soy, rice or almond)
1/3 cup oil
2/3 cup sugar (preferably sucanat) or brown rice syrup
1/2 tsp each salt, cinnamon, allspice and powdered ginger
1/4 cup each raw pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ground flax, carob chips and raisins or chopped prunes
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda

In a large bowl, mash the bananas and blend with 'milk, oil, vanilla, and brown rice syrup if using. Stir in all the seeds, carob chips and raisins or prunes. In a small bowl combine flour, sugar if using, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Stir into the banana mixture without over-mixing. (If using sugar instead of syrup you might need a little more 'milk.) Pour into a lightly oiled loaf pan and bake at 350F for 45-55 minutes (check if a knife inserted in the center comes out dry). Makes 1 loaf.

Inspired by the recipes in La Dolce Vegan.

Bananas aren't suitable for Pittas and Kaphas, so try using mashed mango, applesauce or cooked plums instead for a different take on this baked treat!
VATAS choose wheat, oat, rice and/or quinoa flours; use sugar or brown rice syrup; soak the prunes or raisins before adding; throw in 2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger for extra digestive spice (optional)
PITTAS choose wheat, spelt, barley and/or oat flours; use sugar or maple syrup
KAPHAS choose oat, barley, rye, and/or quinoa flour; use prune puree or fruit concentrate instead of sugar or syrup;


sailaja said...

Beautiful recipe, Fran.:)
I couldn't find your email id. I'd like to email you, Fran. My email is sailusfood [at] gmail [dot] com

Shauna said...

You should submit this recipe to the Moist Banana Bread Contest:


Winner gets a $50 gift card to Sur La Table!!



Michele Yamazaki said...

This was fantastic, Fran. I am a lazy baker so I put all of the most ingredients, including the prunes, into my cuisinart. I held down the blend button a few times until it was just mixed. Then I put in all of the dry ingredients, except the flour, chips and nuts. Blend it by pushing the button a few times. Last, the flour, chips and nuts, mixed until just moist. I've found that it can get tough if I overmix the flour. Anyway, turned out awesome! Thanks for the recipe. This is a keeper.

Amy said...

Moist & hearty! It has a flavor similar to a spice cake. I'm going to make this one over and over again with whatever type of fruits that I have that need to be used!

Thanks Fran!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog, but love what I'm reading so far!! Great recipes followed up with solid info :) Thanks Fran!

cloudpearl said...

Hello. To my knowledge bananas aren't suitable to be mixed with anything - Ayurveda says we should eat them alone. So how is this recipe Ayurvedic??? Thank you