This Bread is Bananas!

September 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm 7 comments

I adore anything and everything pumpkin.  Back in college my roommate and I would wait impatiently for the pumpkin muffins to become in season – which would officially mark Halloween season. One year we went overboard way too early.  It was September, and we started to buy anything and everything of the pumpkin variety.  Well only a week into October and we were over it.  We ruined the season too early and felt like we rushed fall.  This was the year we learned our lesson and instated our cardinal October 1st rule. No pumpkin flavored items to be enjoyed before October!!

So that delicious baked good you see above? It’s not pumpkin bread.  It’s banana bread.  Because after this week, it’s full out pumpkin party time! I followed the recipe from More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally by Fran Costigan (Book Publishing Co.). All the recipes in the book truly are comprised of natural ingredients, making for quite a healthy treat! The recipe was for “Banana Walnut Bread” (sans walnuts) on page 122.

There is no sugar in the recipe. Seriously. Just maple syrup, ripe bananas, and a drop of vanilla extract as natural sweeteners.  And this is quite delicious!  It’s very flavorful and doesn’t scream “healthy” the way it so naturally is. I’ve even done the specs for you – a whopping 95 calories for each of 12 servings. The servings aren’t that large – it actually didn’t rise too high, but the bread isn’t overly dense and is just right.

Book Publishing Co. is promoting “Luscious Vegan Desserts” through the end of October. If you visit their promotion page, you can register to win yourself a dessert book!  Check it out!

Today I ran a 5k – which was supposed to be a 10k.  Unfortunately my right knee has been all swelly and painful after I stopped going to yoga 3x a week, so I dropped to the 5k.  Still, the first mile was characterized by shooting pains at every step – which eventually subsided (thank you  800mg Ibuprofen).  No PR here, just needed to get through it.

But making banana bread is obviously the best way to recover from masochism.

What’s your favorite food season? Pumpkin is definitely mine and I cannot wait to get into it!


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fran Costigan  |  September 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Amanda, Thank you so much blogging about my banana bread. Reading your post and def looking at the photos made me very hungry and wishing I had some ripe bananas right then. You got it right! Only some maple and good sweet ripe bananas and whole wheat make a tender and sweet loaf that lasts (if it does). Try it toasted too.

    I enjoyed reading your story and hope you will continue to enjoy the recipes in my book!

    Best in vegan baking to you!

    • 2. Amanda  |  October 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Fran – love your recipes, can’t wait to dig into another!!

  • 3. Eric  |  September 29, 2010 at 7:49 am

    At least you pushed through and got the 5k done. Congrats!

    Id have to say I enjoy the fall/winter vegetables like squash, pumpkin, and kale the most due to their heartiness.

    • 4. Amanda  |  October 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      I had the most DELICIOUS fall squash/pumpkin enchilada the other day – I need to recreate it asap!

  • 5. Michal  |  October 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    MMMM! That bread looks simply delish! I love fall, it is my favorite season. But I love all of the warm comforty food that come with it. And all the spices. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • 6. Amanda  |  October 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm

      I’m with you Michal, food food food is where it’s at!

  • 7. kim g.  |  October 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    That bread looks so delicious! I love a treat that I don’t have to feel guilty about eating.


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