Banana-Walnut Bread

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One of my biggest challenges has been coming up with recipes for healthful vegan baked goods. Here, xanthan gum (found in most health food stores) acts as a thickener instead of eggs, agave nectar replaces refined sugar and a touch of oat flour makes the dessert just a little bit better for you.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, divided
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup plain soymilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 8x4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Combine flours, all but 2 Tbs. walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, xanthan gum and salt in bowl.
  2. Whisk bananas, agave nectar, soymilk, oil and vanilla until smooth in separate bowl. Fold in dry ingredients.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 2 Tbs. walnuts over loaf. Bake 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 20 minutes, then unmold and cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 8
  • Calories: 303
  • Carbohydrate Content: 44 g
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 303 mg
  • Sugar Content: 23 g