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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan & Gluten Free!)

Published April 14, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Leave it to me to go on a baking kick despite my fractured arm, after all that time of not wanting to be in the kitchen when I was perfectly whole. Not only that, but I’m typing this out using only one hand! :p I decided earlier that I really wanted to make chocolate chip banana bread for the first time in my life… tonight. When Thomas claimed he’d never heard of it, my resolve solidified. First I did a bunch of recipe research, and then I wrote out this number below. I hit the kitchen, with Thomas on call for the things I couldn’t handle single handedly. Our large mixing bowl was still holding some kale salad in the fridge, so I went ahead and made the whole recipe in my trusty Kitchen-Aid, which honestly worked better with my limited space and abilities at the moment. You can do whatever you like.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan & Gluten Free!)

1/3 c. coconut oil (or your preference)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 c. non dairy milk + 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar, optional
OR
4 tbsp. water + 1  egg replacer or 1 tbsp. ground flax seed (I used Beyond Eggs replacer)

4 mashed, ripe bananas

2 c. flour of choice (I used Trader Joes GF AP flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. chocolate chips

extra sugar & cinnamon for sprinkling on top, optional

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F and grease your loaf pan with a little extra oil. Whisk milk & vinegar OR water and egg replacer, and set aside.

2. Cream oil and sugar. Add vanilla and milk or egg replacer mixture. Mix in mashed bananas.

3. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon and salt together. Add wet mixture, and stir to combine.

4. Fold in chocolate chips, and turn batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar, if desired. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, or when cake tester comes out clean.

I used the whisk for the oil and sugar, then switched to the paddle for the banana addition.

I used the whisk for the oil and sugar, then switched to the paddle for the banana addition.

I added all the dry ingredients on top, mixed, and then folded in the chocolate chips all in the same bowl.

I added all the dry ingredients on top, mixed, and then folded in the chocolate chips all in the same bowl.

going in!

going in!

50 minutes later!

50 minutes later!

And this is what my left arm currently looks like :/

And this is what my left arm currently looks like :/

OK, I’ll leave you with a more cheerful picture. Here’s one that Thomas snapped of the kittens earlier…

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Winn-Dixie Deal Bananas & Organics

Published March 15, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

As you may already realize, I’ve become quite the green smoothie addict. One of the two things I pretty much always include are bananas. (The other is apples, or in a pinch, applesauce! ) In order to be a little thriftier, I’ve been buying conventional versus organic. (NOT for apples.) Because you peel them it’s not as important for them to be organic, and organic bananas [here] are $ 0.99/lb versus the conventional for $0.69/lb. Well, I noticed that Winn-Dixie sells bananas in little paper tote bags that are “ready for baking”. They’re generally not REALLY ripe, but maybe a few spots and still a little green at the tops. These are $0.39/lb! And a lot of times you can get full bags of ripe organic bananas for $0.49/lb.

What does that translate to? I got 9 bananas that were ready to be peeled and frozen for $1.79. Pretty good deal : ) If you happen to live near a Winn-Dixe, there are also some good deals to be had on their basic line of organics that includes canned beans and tomatoes, raisins, applesauce, non-dairy milk, etc.

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