Growing up, my mom and I would bake together a lot and one of our favorite things to bake together was chocolate chip banana bread! It is a childhood favorite, in fact I love it so much my mom found a way to ship it to me while I was away at College- thats real love. Which is why, trying a vegan version of my all-time favorite made me a little hesitant. Luckily, I tried out a recipe that did not disappoint and I can now eat my favorite treat in a healthier way!
One of the other reasons I love this recipe so much is that its super easy and all of the ingredients are easy to come by! Theres nothing I hate more than having to find random vague ingredients that end up being way more expensive than I thought! The vegan substitutes in this banana bread are uncomplicated and still affordable.
-2 cups of flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/4 cup white sugar
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 chia eggs ( 2 tbsp chia seeds+ 3 tbsp warm water)
-2 cups chunky mashed bananas
-1 tbsp vegan butter
-1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
So when I started making this recipe I realized my bananas weren't quite ripe enough, so I ended up putting them on some tinfoil in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes- then flipped them and kept them in there for about 5-10 more minutes (just check on them until they're almost all black). The voila I had some ripe bananas! I'd make sure to let them cool off for a little first by putting them in the fridge for like 10 minutes so that the heat doesn't ruin the consistency of the batter. Below I have the rest of the steps for this easy vegan version of banana bread!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix all dry ingredients (option to mix in coconut + chocolate chips)
3. Make chia egg in a separate small bowl and then add + mix in all wet ingredients with dry
4. Rub pan with butter and pour mix in to pan
** Option to sprinkle coconut and chocolate chips on top**
5. Bake for 50 min and let cool for 15 min- Then Enjoy!!
I love eating mine warmed up with peanut butter on top for desert or even just with some vegan butter for breakfast! I know so many of you wanted to see this recipe and I hope you enjoy! P.S. this is a sneak peek also of a few of the Home & Hearth pieces I picked up- stay tuned for a post all about my crazy obsession with these new home pieces.
Enough is enough, I'm finally sharing some of my favorite breakfast recipes instead of just posting taunting pictures of food to my Instagram story! It's only fitting that I start with my favorite thing to make, toasts! I know what your thinking (okay Taylor I put it in the toaster and voila), well okay yes, but I've come up with some creative and yummy healthy toppings to mix it up from your normal PB + Banana toast to something way better! Three out of the four recipes are vegan and all are dairy-free and delicious!
1. Almond Butter + Dried Dates + Chia Seeds
2 pieces of Sprouted Grain Ezekiel Bread (in the frozen section)
2 Tablespoons of Almond butter (1 per toast)
1/2 Tsp. Chia Seeds
6 Dried Dates (California or Mejdool dates are what i use)
This one looks interesting at first, especially if you're not familiar with dried dates! But it is so delicious and very healthy! Spread a tablespoon of Almond butter on toasted Ezekiel Bread, Cut 3 dried dates in half, and sprinkle chia seeds on top and voila! Toast packed with healthy protein and natural sugars that will keep you full.
2. Caprese + Egg Toast
2 slices of Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread
4 slices of Roma Tomato
2 large eggs
a handful of spinach leaves
Balsalmic Reduction (To drizzle)
Hands down one of my favorite toasts, the caprese egg toast if definitely the most filing and so delicious! I chose not to add mozzarella cheese to keep it healthier with good fats like eggs and avocado. To prepare, toast bread and then use 1/2 avocado to spread on both pieces. Put 2 slices of tomato on each piece and top with a handful of spinach between the two toasts. I fry my eggs right before I add avocado so it's all done on time. Heat up the pan and add a little bit of olive oil, then crack two eggs and cover the sauce pan with a lid and let them cook this way! Sprinkle some salt and pepper and other spices you like and when the yolk has a white layer over them they're finished! Add on top of the spinach on the toast and finish with a drizzle of balsamic reduction on each piece.
3. Blueberry+ Banana Toast
2 slices of Ezekiel Sprouted Grains Bread
2 TBSP Almond Butter
I medium banana
A handful of blueberries
1 TSP Chia Seeds
1 TSP cinnamon
Drizzle of honey (optional)
This toast gives your ordinary peanut butter and banana toast a face lift. Make toast per usual and spread on almond butter ( 1 TBSP per slice, and I measured it out once to get an idea, but now just eye-ball an ~about~ amount) while toast is warm so it gets melty (yum). Place 3-4 banana slices on toasts and place blueberries down middle, this way they won't roll off. Finally sprinkle with your chia seeds and cinnamon , and if you're sweet tooth is calling, drizzle with a little honey to top it off! This toast will help your sweet cravings with fruit and almond butter, but also provides a great source for protein and fiber from the chia seeds, fruit, and nut butter. The perfect way to start your day!
4. Hummus+ Tomato +Spinach Toast
2 slices of Sprouted Grains Ezekiel bread
4 slices of Tomato
a handful of fresh chopped spinach leaves (About a cup)
4 TBSP Hummus (I love Garlic Chipotle, but pick you're fave)
Dash of lemon pepper and pepper
This toast will cover the salty craving you may have for something heartier in the morning! This is you're healthier ( & vegan) option for that, and can even double as a lunch toast or open-faced sandwich. Toast your bread, spread 2 TBSP hummus per slice, pick your you're favorite brand and flavor but I LOVE Lucky's Market's Garlic Chipotle hummus. Next sprinkle spinach leaves over hummus and place tomato slices on top. Finish with a dash of lemon pepper and reg. pepper! The key to making sure you stay healthy with this recipe is looking at sodium levels on hummus , try and aim for something below 80g! This meal packs some great nutrients from the spinach and the chickpeas and tahini that are in hummus! All of the healthy fats will help you stay satisfied until you're next snack or meal!
I love eating healthy and I love getting to talk about it with other people! It doesn't;t have to taste like cardboard or be boring, you can make it yummy and these healthy toasts are the perfect way to start your days out right! I'm not all talk either, I FOR REAL love each of these recipes and hope you all try a few out and love them too. Stay tuned for more healthy posts, but in the mean time feel free to comment below on posts and give feedback!