I am not crazy for bananas. I like the flavor, but I rarely eat them. If I eat them plain, I like for them to be green, instead of yellow, and I won't chow down on a banana that has brown spots. There is something about the change in the flavor from green to yellow that makes me want to skip this fruit. The more brown spots, the mushier the banana and the more I am grossed out. Those of you that know me, know that I am strange about some food textures.
John loves snacking on bananas and he will eat them when they are yellow and have brown spots. There is a point, however, where even John won't touch a banana.
One week, I noticed that we had three bananas that had gone past their prime and neither of us would touch them. I hate wasting food, so I threw them in the freezer and figured I would use them later. Well, later came. We were invited to a February birthday, trivia night for a friend that was potluck style. The event was vegetarian, but I knew that there would be many others bringing vegan dishes and so we settled on dessert.
I could not remember ever having a vegan banana bread, so I started looking online. I came across several recipes that I considered, but one from Post Punk Kitchen caught my eye. The recipe looked very tasty, but I felt that the fat and sugar could be reduced. I decided to try this recipe and cut down the sugar and the margarine. I also wanted to add some chocolate, so I took a reviewers suggestion and added a cup of vegan chocolate chips to the recipe.
I mixed everything and put the loaf into the oven and decided to clean up. Vegan baking is so awesome. Not only is it better for our bodies, the animals, and the environment- you can also eat the batter raw because there are not any eggs. So, I got out the spatula and scrapped any goodness from the sides I could find. One word describes the flavor- MMMMMM!
The recipe says to bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, but when the time came around my bread still needed to bake. I think it was more like 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Our home smelled heavenly and I wanted to break into the bread before our potluck. I was good and waited until the potluck. As you can imagine, I headed for the desserts first.
All night, we received rave reviews on our bread from vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. I think we found a winner.