Vegan Banana-Raisin-Nut Bread

Emily and I sometimes go a little dessert-crazy when we’re together. You saw the pretzel-M&M blondies. But what you didn’t see was the coffee-chocolate chip blondies, the coffee ice cream, and the brownies that we also made during the week she was here. And as much as I love baking stuff like that, I realize it’s probably best not to do it all the time.

Yesterday I told Mike I wanted to make chocolate chip banana bread but he gently suggested that it might be a tiny bit more reasonable to bake something healthy after our gluttonous weekend. So he suggested whole wheat banana bread with raisins and walnuts. I thought it sounded weird to put raisins in banana bread, but we made the deal that if it was good I would give him mad props on the blog. So here they are… GREAT IDEA MIKE!!!

I pretty much made this up as I went along, using a flax egg, sweetening with maple syrup, and using whole wheat pastry flour. Even with baking powder and baking soda the loaf is pretty dense and hearty, which I appreciate.

I haven’t talked too much about working out lately because last week I realized I might be done with the gym. Two days in a row, I got pretty dizzy and started having some mild contractions (which my doctor isn’t too concerned about, I may have just been a little dehydrated) on the elliptical, and switching to the bike didn’t make me feel any better.

BUT I’ve been doing way more yoga and it makes me feel awesome. Plus I can do it right here in the living room.  I want to try and do at least 20 minutes of yoga a day until the baby is born. I have no idea if that’s realistic, but I’m going to try. I have a few DVDs and podcasts, and nothing but time, so as long as I’m still feeling decent it should be doable.

And my last piece of baby news… we finally have a crib! As far as the nursery goes, that’s pretty much all we have – there’s still nothing on the walls (kind of like the rest of our house. We’re lame.) – but at least she’ll have a place to sleep!

Recipe:

1 tbsp ground flax seeds
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup Grade B maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Start by greasing a loaf pan and preheating the oven to 350 F.

Stir the ground flax and water together in a small bowl and set aside for a few minutes.

Beat the coconut oil in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed. Add the bananas, maple syrup, vanilla, and water-flax mixture and mix for about a minute.

Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg in a medium bowl and add to the banana mixture. Mix on low until just combined.

Fold in the raisins and walnuts.

Pour into the loaf pan and bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

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8 comments to Vegan Banana-Raisin-Nut Bread

  • I am a huge raisin fan. Can’t wait to try this bread. I’m still exercising-Body pump, combat, and walking. I just modify and tone it down a bit. I should mix more yoga into my schedule. 33 weeks down!! :) Love the crib! Ours is similar! :)

  • YUMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want!!!

    I love your house and your crib and your yoga-belly! You are adorable!

    Thank you SO MUCH, also, for going out and cheering this weekend! It was so nice getting to see you and Mike for that brief second… what a nice surprise! :)

  • Cate, everything about this post makes me smile. The bread, the props to your hubby who shares a great name with my hubby, the crib, and the yoga. I love my yoga time. It’s the only thing that comes close to dance in terms of rejuvenating my mind, body, and spirit.

  • That bread looks so wholesome, I love it. I’m sure I’ll try it, in the heat my bananas have been going speckly fast and no one will eat them after that, haha. Love the yoga belly pics :D

  • Jen

    so happy to hear that yoga is feeling good!

    and the bread looks great. love that mike encouraged the happy baking. my husband would do the opposite…more chocolate, more butter! ;)

  • I’ve been doing pilates everyday instead of yoga, but same idea. I think it’s probably awesome for back support! And we have the same crib!

  • Jessica

    They came out really good. I made muffins. I substituted the maple for agave and added pecans and walnuts + raisins.I also added a bit of cinnamon.

  • [...] 6.) Vegan Banana Raisin Nut Bread. If you’re looking for a healthier and less sugar-filled banana bread recipe, this one is it. Chopped walnuts, raisins, nutmeg, whole wheat pastry flour, ground flax seeds, and of course, ripe bananas are used to make this nutritious and delicious bread. Find the recipe here. [...]

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