Hey! Welcome to the first official post of Life Hands you Limes! I figured we would just go ahead and get started here with the first recipe! Whaddya say hmmm?
I say that we had a rather large bunch of ripe bananas on the counter, but already had too many in the freezer. what does that mean? BANANA BREAD TIME!! (more specifically vegan, (almost) sugar free, (almost) fat free, carob chip banana bread). Its good for your health, but more importantly your soul (and sanity)
lets get started!
Good For Your Soul Banana Bread
(adapted from CCK’s Polka Dot Banana Bread )
- 2 C. whole spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 C. almond milk (I use unsweetend vanilla)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 C. date paste* (instructions below)
- 1 and 1/2 T lemon juice
- 1 stevia packet
- 1 C pureed banana (in food processor) plus 1 C. mashed banana (measure after mashing)
- 1 Tbs ground flax seed
- 1/4 C (or more) plus 1-2 T. carob chips (optional if you want completely sugar and fat free)
*to make cheaters date paste, I put 5-7 medjool dates in a mug with a good amount of water, annd microwaved it for about 2 minutes, let i sit till I remembered i needed to use it. I take the soft dates and puree them in the food processor, adding a little of the soaking water 1 spoonful at a time till I got a good consistensy close to that of agave/maple syrup. not too liquidy, but not to sticky either. i like it juuuusssstt right haha
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray a loaf pan. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients (except choc chips). In a seperate bowl, mix the wet ingredients and the flax together until well combined, and then add this to the dry mixture. combine, but do not overmix. whateve you do. please. Now add 1/4 C of carob chips (or chocolate, whichever, we were out of chocolate) and just make sure its all good and even. Put your batter in the loaf pan, spread it out evenly, and top it with the last tablespoon or so of chips, until its pretty:).
Proceed to clean every baking tool by way of licking.
(Sophie is mad. No banana bread for her on top of her cone collar??? im getting shunned)
Bake for around 50 minutes, until it looks golden and smells like heaven. Once done, let it cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
So here’s to a great start! I’ve got high hopes for this blog, I hope you join me:)
And remember, when life hands you limes, rearrange the letters and SMILE!!!