• SJ

Vegan Banana Bread

Updated: Jan 28


3 magical recipes await your hungry eyes, because sometimes self-care is as simple as a slice of banana bread...



The Ripe Bananas


You’ve seen them. That ugly bunch of ripe, spotty bananas. The guilt is all too much, you’ve left them sitting on that kitchen counter for days. Giving false promises, “I’ll have you when I make pancakes! With syrup, berries and the works…” but the pancakes were never flipped, were they? No, of course not. They sit there, that bunch of poor neglected bananas, and still filled with hope, they whisper, “sssave our soulsss... make the bread, it’s the only way… the path is a delicious one, take it…”


Who are you to deny the bananas call? Everything happens for a reason, and the pancakes were not made because that was never the purpose of these bananas. No, their destiny lies in the bread, the loaf of bananery goodness; a sweet, sticky, moist heaven awaits them. You are the angel in this story, save their souls, and give them a new slice of life.


I am all too guilty of leaving out bananas until they literally start to self-destruct; peeling themselves open, bruising their skin top to bottom. It’s true, even last week I came home from work to a show of bananas getting undressed, peeling off their skin as a cry for help. I admit that I have been a bad banana mother at times, but I’m here with a divine solution. Changing the lives of bananas forever, one loaf at a time.


The Tasty Three


I’ve perfected 3 versions of this simple banana bread recipe, for a. Just your ordinary Banana, b. A Banana who doesn’t believe in refined sugar, c. An Ayurvedic Banana, interested in food for a good mood. They’re all pretty similar, low in sugar + high in positive vibes. Choose one of the adaptations to baptise your bananas with, and let me know how it goes. The method is the same for each adaptation.



If you want to see some tips or to add even more magic in the mix, scroll to the bottom of the page for my choice of cooking crystals + incantation


The Secret


Shhh. While the banana is a natural raising agent, I’ve found 2 methods that have just oozed deliciousness-goodness-scrumdiddlyumptious bananery heaven into each loaf; that is whipped aquafaba + vegan buttermilk (soy milk curdled with apple cider). The result is a thicc, dense + super moist bread, with a sexy sweet-treacle taste.




Prep Time: Varies, 10-20 minutes

Cooking Time: 40-60 minutes

Recipe Difficulty: Easy

Taste: Heaven



Recipe A. Just your Ordinary Banana


This is for you Bananas who crave that classic sweet + deliciously moist loaf cake; simple, tasty, food for the soul. You’re sweet already, but you don’t mind a wee top up every now + again. You know this loaf goes straight to the heart, and you bake for others to share the love with. Best served in thick slices, and always made with super ripe bananas.



Ingredients

  • 230g plain flour

  • 70g coconut oil

  • 50g coconut sugar/demerara sugar

  • 7 tbsp whipped aquafaba

  • 3 super ripe bananas

  • 3 heaped tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • ⅓ cup (80ml) soy milk

  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • Dash of vanilla extract

  • Loving intentions


Optional:

  • 10g maple syrup

  • Dark chocolate chips


Method:

  1. Start melting the coconut oil. Use a glass bowl placed in a bigger bowl of hot water.

  2. Mash up your bananas. Set aside.

  3. Add apple cider vinegar to soy milk. Set aside for at least 5 minutes.

  4. In a large bowl, add dry ingredients. Mix + whisk.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk aquafaba until frothy. Add 7 tbsp of whip to dry ingredients.

  6. Mix the wet ingredients: melted oil, vegan buttermilk [milk+vinegar mix], vanilla, + mashed bananas.

  7. Incorporate wet ingredients into dry with spatula or wooden spoon.

  8. Pour batter into well-oiled loaf tin.

  9. Bake in fan oven at 180° oven for 40 minutes. About halfway through, cover the bread with foil in order to prevent a toasted/cracking top.

  10. Allow time to cool.

  11. Serve up the most delicious, love-filled, slices of heaven - and enjoy.


Recipe B. A Banana who doesn’t believe in refined sugar


This is for you Bananas who know sugar to be the Devil, or at least, devilish. Bananas are naturally sweet, and you like your treats healthy, tasty and free-from added Sugar. Instead, we use extra fruit for a naturally sweeter loaf; that’s healthy, heavenly and wholesome. Option to use maple syrup if it’s in line with your sugar-free religion, and some dark chocolate chips for an extra indulgent bite. Best served in thick slices, and always made with super ripe bananas.



Ingredients

  • 230g plain flour

  • 250g apple puree

  • 70g coconut oil

  • 7 tbsp whipped aquafaba

  • 3 super ripe bananas

  • 3 heaped tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • ⅓ cup (80ml) soy milk

  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • Dash of vanilla extract

  • Loving intentions


Optional:

  • 20g maple syrup

  • Dark chocolate chips


Method:

  1. Start melting the coconut oil. Use a glass bowl placed in a bigger bowl of hot water.

  2. Mash up your bananas. Set aside.

  3. Add apple cider vinegar to soy milk. Set aside for at least 5 minutes.

  4. In a large bowl, add dry ingredients. Mix + whisk.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk aquafaba until frothy. Add 7 tbsp of whip to dry ingredients.

  6. Mix the wet ingredients: melted oil, vegan buttermilk [milk+vinegar mix], apple puree (homemade is best!), maple syrup, vanilla, + mashed bananas.

  7. Incorporate wet ingredients into dry with spatula or wooden spoon.

  8. Pour batter into well-oiled loaf tin.

  9. Bake in fan oven at 180° oven for 40 minutes. About halfway through, cover the bread with foil in order to prevent a toasted/cracking top.

  10. Allow time to cool.

  11. Serve up the most delicious, love-filled, slices of heaven - and enjoy.


Recipe C. An Ayurvedic Banana, interested in food for a good mood


This is for the woke Bananas, the spiritual-vibey-yogi-third-eye-open types who are interested in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. A recipe for Vata dosha, with added tri-doshic properties. I call it, ‘Bavata Bread’ - a pacifying loaf to soothe body + mind, and stimulate that organic sweet taste we Vatas crave so darn much.. A naturally sweet, chai-spiced, and densely moist, baked bananery goodness. This variation has less sugar and more spice. The added spices are known to soothe the mind from anxiety + depression, and boost the fire in the belly, for a healthy dose of delicious positivity. Best served in thick slices, and always made with super ripe bananas.





Ingredients

  • 230g plain flour

  • 200g apple puree

  • 70g coconut oil

  • 25g coconut sugar/demerara sugar

  • 7 tbsp whipped aquafaba

  • 3 super ripe bananas

  • 3 heaped tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • ⅓ cup (80ml) soy milk

  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tsp ashwagandha

  • 1 tsp ground cardamom

  • A sprinkle of shatavari

  • Dash of vanilla extract

  • Loving intentions


Optional:

  • 10g maple syrup

  • Dark chocolate chips

  • A sprinkle of nutmeg

  • A sprinkle of ginger


Method:

  1. Start melting the coconut oil. Use a glass bowl placed in a bigger bowl of hot water.

  2. Mash up your bananas. Set aside.

  3. Add apple cider vinegar to soy milk. Set aside for at least 5 minutes.

  4. In a large bowl, add dry ingredients. Mix + whisk.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk aquafaba until frothy. Add 7 tbsp of whip to dry ingredients.

  6. Mix the wet ingredients: melted oil, vegan buttermilk [milk+vinegar mix], apple puree (homemade is best!), vanilla, + mashed bananas.

  7. Incorporate wet ingredients into dry with spatula or wooden spoon.

  8. Pour batter into well-oiled loaf tin.

  9. Bake in fan oven at 180° oven for 40 minutes. About halfway through, cover the bread with foil in order to prevent a toasted/cracking top.

  10. Allow time to cool.

  11. 11 Serve up the most delicious, love-filled, slices of heaven - and enjoy.



Some Extra Tips:


If using chocolate chips, pop them in once the tray is filled with the batter. Slice up your loaf as you go, and butter the slices with a delicious spread, maybe vegan butter, almond butter, maple syrup or chocolate spread. After a day or two of baking the beautiful loaf (if it lasts that long), I suggest toasting the slices - yum! Make a dessert, and top it with vegan ice-cream, whipped cream and grated chocolate.



Add Magick in the Mix


Every time I bake, I keep a crystal or two around for some added posi-vibes. The power of intention is great, and crystals can be a wonderful tool to both harness + strengthen a positive intention, for a greater affect on the body, mind… and banana loaf! So, for a little dose of extra witchy-zen healing, use the following three crystals for a high-vibe loaf: amethyst, yellow calcite + green aventurine.


Discover more about these crystals, and others, for self-care here. With the unique properties of these crystals, recite the following incantation 3 times, holding the crystals in your left hand + loaf in your right hand (it might help to visualise a glowing light transferring from these crystals to the loaf; passing through you, from one hand to the other):


‘Purify this loaf with only the highest of vibrations, to dissolve old negative energy patterns, and nourish thy soul with delicious, love-filled nutrition’


Cooking with intention + eating with gratitude is a simple but transnational self-care practice; when we become present with our food, preparing and cooking with love-filled intentions, we channel a very sacred kind of nourishment into our meals. Similarly, when take just a moment to express gratitude before eating, and stay mindful throughout, that meal becomes tasty on a whole new level...


Love + Moonlight for the week ahead, may your bananas be ripe, bread be moist,

and remember to always, always



- Handle with Care

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