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Banana Bread – off the charts DELICIOUS
Vegan, Vegetarian

This bread is not super sweet.  My daughter has nut allergies so I only used a few pecans on one side of the top.  Randy loves coming home after a boot camp workout to a surprise and I had these bananas staring me down for the last three days.  What else was I supposed to do!?

Time 1:08

 Preparation 8 minutes.  Baking 50 minutes.  Cooling 10 minutes.

Ingredients:
1 cup of smashed banana
2T chia seeds
⅓ cup almond-coconut creamer (or non-dairy milk)
1T coconut oil (melted)
2T maple syrup
2t vanilla extract
¼ c sugar
½ c rolled oats
1t baking soda
½ t baking powder
½ t kosher salt
1 ½ c whole wheat flour
Optional: pecans on top, ¼ cup

Directions:

Lay all of your ingredients out first.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line bread baking dish with parchment paper.

Stir chia and non-dairy milk (I used a coconut/almond milk cream I had in my fridge). Set aside.

Combine banana, chia milk blend, maple syrup, vanilla extract and coconut oil well.  Really stir it up.

Add in and stir well between each ingredient: sugar, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt.  Mix it up well.

Sprinkle in flour folding and mixing.  

It will be a big sticky blob – which is what you want.  

Use a spoon and ¼ measuring cup to scoop and transfer mix to the parchment paper covered bread baking dish.  Spread it out nicely.

Bake for 50 minutes.  Remove and lightly press the middle of bread (it should push back up – if so, you are done.  If not, put it in for another 5 minutes).  I love my breads crusty.

Remove from dish and place on rack to cool down, 10 minutes at least.
Cut and serve immediately!

BRIGHT IDEA

Have baked bread in the morning! Wake up your family (and neighbors) with the delicious wafting smell of this bread.  Prepare the wet ingredients and place in airtight container the night before.  Same with the dry ingredients. Mix together first thing in the morning and SHAZAM!  

UPDATE (Feb 15, 2017)

I have successfully eliminated COCONUT OIL from this recipe!  The bread is just fabulous.

I also added cinnamon on my last go around: “best bread so far” was the exact comment from my Husband Unit.  Just sprinkle 1/4t of cinnamon up to 1/2t into the batter just before placing it into the bread dish to bake.

SEE MY BANANA BREAD “FIRST CUT”

Starring: my banana bread fresh out of the oven having cooled for 10 minutes.

I found the original recipe at OhSheGlows and modified it to match what I had in my cupboard.  I LOVE her website and highly recommend you visit for plenty of ideas.

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