I've decided to open myself up to some new cooking/baking roads. I just purchased a couple of Vegan and Vegetarian cookbooks! We have been trying to cut red meat out of our diet as much as possible but we still eat chicken and fish. But I have always been intrigued by the Vegetarian diet. I have tried it a few times when I was much younger. My friend Jennifer and I used to go through the Burger King drive thru and order a Whopper and have them replace the meat with onion rings. Yeah, I completely think we invented that whole trend! She stuck with it for about 10 years. Not me.... I can really dig into a medium rare piece of steak like nobodies business. But, then I feel like I have a big piece of meat in my belly and I don't like that feeling. The hubby and I also don't react well to dairy. I guess that's a sign of our getting old. So, I'm going to be on a vegan/vegetarian kick for a while. But first I have to use up all of my meat in my freezers. Waste not want not!
The other day I made a banana bread and it was almost vegan. My dear friend, Wendy over at Give Love Create Happiness checked out my recipe for me and gave me a little education on veganism. This recipe calls for honey and honey is not vegan so you can substitute regular sugar or maple syrup for this recipe.
Banana Bread - Almost Vegan
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast snack bread
Ingredients (serves 12)
- 3 very ripe bananas
- ½ cup honey - May be substituted with maple syrup or regular sugar for a true vegan
- 3 tablespoons expeller-pressed canola oil, plus a little more for oiling the loaf pan
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour - I used organic
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans - I used walnuts but you don't have to use either.
Heat oven to 350. Lightly oil a loaf pan.
Mash the bananas and mix with the honey, canola oil and vanilla extract.
Stir together the whole-wheat pastry flour, baking soda and salt. Add the nuts.
Blend the two mixtures and spoon into a lightly oiled loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until center is set.
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Servings: 1 slice
Total Fat: 8.7 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg.
Sodium: 208.2 mg.
Adapted by Dr. Weil