Banana “Garbanzo” Walnut Bread

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Yes, that’s right, I’ve given my bread a middle name. Garbanzo has a nice ring to it, no? Plus I’m quite sure there’s a celebrity child out there whose actual name is Garbanzo. Point being: ladies and gents, this “bananer” bread is ridiculously delicious. This sure ain’t  your standard banana bread, laden with sugar, eggs and butter. Oh no it isn’t.

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So, as you can all relate, I had about 10 overly ripe bananas sitting on my counter, staring me right in the eyeballs (staring contest?) and urging me to convert them into a tasty dessert. I tend to pretty much follow the banana edibility guide above. I pondered the many delectable transformations these well-intentioned bananas could take on, then decided to make a classic and childhood fave I hadn’t had in forever: home-made banana and walnut bread.

Vegan and gluten-free warm and gooey banana bread – coming right up!

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Ingredients (Yield: 1 tastebud-pleasing loaf):

  • 2 cups chickpea/garbanzo flour
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened soy beverage (or fortified almond or rice beverage)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 very ripe bananas (large)
  • 1 cup dates with pits removed
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place all ingredients (minus the walnuts) in a food processor. Blend. Add in walnuts and stir.

Or… (it’s like those “choose-your-own-adventure” books – yay!)

2. Combine all dry ingredients (garbanzo flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda) in a bowl. Combine other ingredients (dates, non-dairy milk and vanilla extract) in a small bowl and blend using a hand-held blender. In another bowl, mash the bananas with a potato masher or a fork. Add the banana mix and the date/vanilla mix to the dry ingredients and stir well.

3. Lightly grease a 4 by 8 loaf pan with the vegetable oil of your choice. Pour loaf mixture into this pan.

4. Bake for about an hour or until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean as can be.

5. Appreciate the banana and cinnamon smells wafting through your kitchen.

6. Cool on a rack before slicing and serving.

Something this delightful shouldn’t be this simple to make and yet, it is! 🙂

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This banana bread isn’t as sweet as some of its competitors out there. If you want a sweeter loaf, try adding 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup to the batter. I prefer it less sweet, but like using it as a vehicle for my favourite nut butters and jams.

Needless to say, this loaf is food perfection!

 

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