It's that time of the month! It is Secret Recipe Club for the month of December and I am working it! I have finally baked something and this something was GOOD.
Cooking and baking has been a little challenging and not as important to me since having Julianne. Although I feel hungry very often, due to breastfeeding, I have no desire to cook or bake.
Even though I took this December task as a challenge it turned out not to be so hard. As I get a hang of a schedule with the baby, I work on tasks that are important. If I feel I can bake after the most important things are out of the way then I will. Sometimes, baking allows me to do something fun than keeping up with all the chores in the house.
In comes this yummy Oat Banana Bread. When I found out I was assigned Itzy's Kitchen, I was excited. I follow Erica's blog and really like all her posts especially all the details about her pregnancy and now her newborn. She is a great inspiration especially since she looks amazing since having her baby. She seems to have gotten a hold of a schedule at her house. You go Erica!
She loves to workout and teaches classes at her gym. She even worked out up until giving birth to her daughter. If you have been keeping up with my blog, Erica and I have lots of things in common. I just hope that once I am able to get back into my exercise routine that I can shed all my unwanted pounds.
As I perused Itzy's Kitchen I came across a yummy recipe for banana bread. I have had a hankering for banana bread so much so that I kept sniffing my husband thinking he smelled like banana bread. I knew I had to make some instead of thinking that people around me smelled like bread. LOL
Erica found the recipe on The Motherload and then added chocolate chips to her bread. I decided to leave out the chips and I made it vegan. How about that? Inspiration all around. The other unique thing about this recipe is that it called for oats and buttermilk instead of sour cream or yogurt.
This banana oat bread was DELICIOUS! It baked perfectly and browned so elegantly. Can bread brown elegantly? It did for me! It was very moist and even though I used coconut oil, I could not taste it. I used flax seed meal to substitute for the eggs and I made buttermilk using coconut milk and apple cider vinegar.
You too can make this healthier banana bread and maybe even make them in 4 smaller loaves and give it to friends. I decided to keep my loaf and eat it with my husband. Hee hee.
I am glad I took on December challenge because it was great! Thank Erica for the recipe!
Vegan Banana Oat Bread
1 1/2 cups whole wheat white flour
2/3 cup agave nectar
1 1/2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mashed banana (2 bananas)
1/3 cup buttermilk or (1/3 cup So Delicious coconut milk + 2 tsp apple cider vinegar)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs or 2 flax "eggs", beaten (2 Tbsp flax meal + 6 Tbsp warm water)
Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Make flax "eggs" in a small bowl and set aside for 3 minutes.
Combine banana, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and "eggs" in a small bowl. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack, in the pan, for about 15 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan after 15 minutes and cool thoroughly on the rack.