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.