Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Whole Grain Banana Bread with Walnuts

vegan whole grain banana bread with walnuts

almond meal
almond meal

Whole Grain Banana Bread with Walnuts
Boy I’m really missing sunshine and walks in the country, wearing sandals and having lunch outside. But here we are heavy into winter with yet another gray cold day. The sidewalks are still icy and the air is heavy with salt, which I can taste on my lips after a walk with my dog. So I decided to fill my house with sweet smells of baking.
The two very ripe bananas sitting on my counter were beckoned for banana bread and how fitting. Making the bread takes no time at all – from start to finish it’s one hour, and soon you can enjoy a slice with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

I’m really into whole grain when it comes to baking and you’d think spelt and almond meal would be dense but this recipe makes a very moist and delicate bread. I’ve added walnuts here and think chocolate chips would be nice too or blueberries, though I haven’t tried that yet but plan to next time around.

Note: use liquid measuring cups for liquid and dry cups for the flour. loosen the flour with fork to aerate it, then measure the dip, scoop and wipe excess method. 

5 ½ x 9 ½ pan

1/2 cup coconut milk from carton or almond
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cup spelt flour
3/4 cup almond meal
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder –
1/3 cup sugar sucanant or other unrefined brown sugar  - made to powder using spice grinder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup very ripe mashed banana
1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil melted or extra virgin olive oil

Notes: stir the flour and almond meal to airate it before measuring. dip measuring cup and wipe excess. This is how I measure for my baked recipes.

1. Pre heat oven to 350 and lightly oil and flour your bread pan

2. Combine the vinegar with the milk and set aside

3. In a large bowl sift the spelt flour, almond meal, sea salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, once it passes give a quick stir in the bowl and add the walnuts.

4. Mash the banana and add it to a deep medium bowl, add to it the vanilla extract, maple syrup and oil and mix well, then add the milk and mix again.  Add this to the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until just combined. Add mixture to the loaf pan and bake for 43 minutes .
When done cool on wire rack still in the pan for 5 minutes – remove carefully and continue to cool.

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