My Vegan Banana Bread is fancied up with some pecans and a tiny touch of Bourbon. The main recipe uses a whole wheat pastry flour, but you can substitute a gluten-free baking blend to make it gluten-free.
Today I want to give pecans in the spotlight. Don’t worry though, I’ll talk about apples, pears, sweet potatoes and all kinds of winter squash before fall is over.
My version of banana bread is made with whole wheat pastry flour. The sweet, super-ripe bananas balance out the brown sugar and bourbon while the pecans give it that toasted dark flavor I associate with fall. This is great for a dessert or breakfast.
Isn’t All Banana Bread Vegan?
Most banana bread that you buy out and about usually contains egg and dairy. Trader Joe’s just came out with a vegan banana bread if you want to give it a try.
I use a flax seed mixture in place of eggs and coconut oil in place of the traditional butter. You could use a vegan butter if you don’t have coconut oil.
What Nuts Can I Use in Banana Bread?
Pecans have a savory, almost smoky taste that really adds a depth of flavor. I personally like that more than the flavor of walnuts in this bread.
Pecans are my favorite nuts to use in all baked goods, but you could use walnuts or hazelnuts in your version and they would be great too. I live in the South where pecans grow so they’re easy for me to find.
What Can I Substitute for Nuts?
A great substitute are seeds like sunflower, pepita, or even hemp seeds if you want. But you can leave the nuts out completely without changing anything else in the recipe.
You Really Want me to Use Bourbon as a Flavoring?
Bourbon is just as tasty in baked goods as it is in a mint julep. If you’re not a fan of bourbon, try rum or apple brandy in its place or you can just leave it out to make it alcohol free. Sometimes you can find a bourbon extract, but check the . ingredients to make sure it doesn’t contain alcohol.
Can I Make Banana Bread Oil-Free?
You can. I haven’t made this recipe without oil, but I think you could use applesauce or an extra mashed banana in place of the oil.
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 4 tablespoons warm water
- 4 large bananas, mashed (about 2 to 2 1/4 cups)
- 1 tablespoon bourbon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil a large (9- by 4-inch) loaf pan.
- Mix the wet ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all of the dry ingredients except for the pecans. Mix well.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture along with the pecans and gently mix the batter until all the flour is incorporated. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center, 50 to 60 minutes.
Make a gluten-free version by using you favorite gluten-free baking blend.
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Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 425 Total Fat 17g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 4mg Sodium 223mg Carbohydrates 63g Fiber 8g Sugar 18g Protein 10g
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