Banana Nut Bread

April 16, 2012
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Yesterday was one of those lazy and cozy days for us. There is no doubt that cozy for me means yummy food and there is something especially comforting about baking. Maybe it could be the domesticity of it all, or the incredible smell that fills the house, or the satisfaction of slicing into the thick crust of a dense piece of bread. Whatever the reason, this lovely snack was enjoyed with a hot cup of tea while curling up on the couch to watch a film.

This recipe is not too sweet, delectably moist and rich despite it’s whole food ingredients. And of course, its vegan.

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Banana Nut Bread

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup milk of your choice (I used homemade almond milk)
  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups mashed ripe bananas (approximately 5 medium bananas)
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts + seeds (I used walnuts and sunflower seeds)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F  (175°C)
2. Lightly oil an 8” x 8” cake pan or loaf pan.
3. Put the milk, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and bananas in a blender and blend until smooth – or mash bananas with fork and stir in wet ingredients.
4. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Add banana mixture and combine. Fold in nuts.
5. Pour into pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (time varies greatly according to oven.)

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  • Jessica

    Looks delicious! Love you’re site so far. Got the link from reddit :)

    • Katie

      Thanks for checking out the blog Jessica! Let me know if you make any of the recipes :)

  • This looks really good. I love banana bread and cake and I like to see different recipes for making it! Never bought spelt flour before though…must give it a try! ♥

    • Katie

      Hi Brownwyn! I love baking with spelt flour. Spelt’s nutty flavor doesn’t just taste good, it has so many other nutritional benefits that are amazingly good for you. Its high in protein, easy to digest, high in B complex vitamins and its composed of simple and complex carbohydrates. I’ve found organic spelt flour at both Quay Co-op and Tesco. Feel free to use any type of flour with this recipe though!

  • I just ran into your blog and I love your recipes. you have amazing photos! This banana bread looks like the perfect treat for a cozy little break.

    • Katie

      Aww, thanks a lot Lysa! Glad to know you’re enjoying the site. I must say, this banana nut bread makes for the perfect snack. Its so satisfying – no matter what time of day. I see you have a blog of your own. Its really lovely. x

  • Hi, love your site! For this recipe, could spelt flour be substituted by any other flour?

    • Katie

      Hi Tracy, thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you’re enjoying the site. Good question! Feel free to use any type of flour with this recipe. I like baking with spelt because its easier for one to digest, full of protein and B vitamins, plus it has a really nice nutty flavor. Spelt flour can easily be substituted with any other flour though. Hope this helps!

  • Oh man…this looks SO good!! I think I’m going to have to try this next. We even have a Tesco’s here so I’ll have to go looking for spelt flour!

    • Katie

      This bread is a must-try Stephanie, if I do say so myself ;) If you can’t find spelt flour you can very easily substitute it for any other flour you wish. Let me know how you get on!

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  • Diana Diaz

    Hi! I don’t have spelt flour on hand, but could I use brown rice flour or buckwheat? I also have millet & coconut flour.

    Thanks! Great blog :)

    • Katie

      Hi Diana! Thanks for stopping by :) That is a great question – feel free to use any flour you have on hand. It should work nicely with any of the types you mentioned. Enjoy!