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Banana Nut Bread

What you need: 

3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf pan. Mix the mashed bananas and oil in a large bowl.
2. Stir in the flour, vegan sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix in the nuts.
3. Pour the well blended batter into the greased pan and bake for 1 hour. Remove and let cool.
I found this recipe works better than many I've tried, since it sticks together much better, and is healthier for you since it doesn't require shortening and a lot of oil. Any oil will suffice, however olive oil is the healthiest!

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes, Cooking time: 60 minutes
Cooking Time: 
60 minutes
Servings: 
1
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This is a decent "base" recipe that will need some tweaking. The recipe as is -- with dry sweetener -- is far too dry to go into the oven. You will either need to use a liquid sweetener to replace the dry sugar or use dry sugar + almost 1/2 cup soymilk.
Also, the baking time seems a bit long. I baked for about 50 minutes and the crust that formed was still a bit too hard for my liking.
The texture on the inside is soft, moist and chewy. I did not understand how some reviewers said that it was too sweet... banana bread is *supposed to be sweet* and dry sugar adds moistness to baked goods. Decreasing sugar will produce a drier bread. Actually, I thought the addition of some tropical source chocolate chips would be spot on.. it certainly needs a little more flavor and next time I will be sure to add at least vanilla.
Don't get me wrong -- this is delicious bread (and very healthy)! I am just very picky and am searching for a recipe that can hold a candle to my old one :)
I added chopped pecans as that was what I had.. if you omit the nuts, be sure to add 2 tablespoons of flour to recipe to make up for the deleted volume (general rule).

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OMG, this is sooo good! This is the first recipe I've made from this website and the first vegan baking that I've tried. I had 2 bananas that were getting a little mush so I decided to try to throw this together while I was cooking dinner last night. I expected nothing from it since I didn't really measure and I didn't really do the math to scale down the recipe for 2 bananas. I just guessitmated it all and it turned out awesome! I made muffins instead of a loaf, used a little vanilla, and no nuts. Perfect.

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SO GOOD  :) I modified it a bit ('cause it's such a great basic recipe to mod): as suggested earlier, I added 1/2 cup sugar then I added dried currents, coconut and nutmeg. I used 1 cup AP flour, 1/2c WW flour and 1/2c oatmeal. I added just a splash of soy milk, enough to get it to come together. On the top before baking I sprinkled more coconut with cinnamon and some random granola I found in my cupboard. I'm glad with how great it rose as well. MMMmmmm, so good and hearty. Thanks for the recipe, I'll be making this again.

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I make this all the time. I love it !

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Forgot to mention, reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and it was PERFECT! Any more sugar, and it would have been too sweet and not like traditional banana bread.  :)

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Awesome!!!!! I used white whole wheat flour, and added 1/2 cup of applesauce and it tastes just like, if not BETTER, than the banana bread I grew up eating! I will make this again and again! ;)b

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I managed to mess this up :(
I misread the ingredients, and put in baking powder instead of baking soda, but then had to leave before the bread was done baking, so I turned off the oven about 35 minutes in. I baked it for another 20 minutes when I got back, but it's dense not that good. I also didn't have any walnuts. Maybe it'll be better toasted.

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Great, easy recipe.  With the addition of applesauce to make the batter more moist this bread turned out excellent.  I also reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup, added some ground flax seed, and used a 1/2 cup of spelt flour and the rest regular white flour.  My sister loves it! 

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This is yummy..

Instead of flour I used two cups of oat flour ( grind up oatmeal in a coffee grinder or a magic bullet) I also added about a tsp or more of ground flax seeds and only used half the sugar the recipe called for. I figured the banannas would make it sweet on it's on. I made these into muffins instead of bread and it made about 10 muffins.

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Honestly I chose this recipe cuz It was short and I had everything on hand, but I just got done making it and honestly it is fantastic. I did use the two cups of flour and I also threw in some applesauce for good measure, and it tastes like what my mom used to make! Its great. I topped it with the Banana Frosting (glaze) in this site and its delish! Happy cooking!

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