Veganism and vegetarianism have always raised a curiosity within me and I always feel a bit of admiration for those who choose to discard meat and its counterparts. I have many friends who are either vegan or vegetarian and they have their own reasons for the change in their lifestyle, whether it’s regarding the ethical issues of the meat eating culture; the treatment of livestock; the process of how the meat is obtained or even health issues it causes.
So you’re probably thinking that it is quite hard to source and eat the usual delicious tasty, treats without any trace of meat or dairy? Well thankfully that is not the case. During the past decade veganism has become more of a prominent way of living in our culture, you only have to walk down the aisles of your local supermarket and you will instantly see many meat and dairy substitutes.
Some of the nicest meals and baked goods I have tried have been from either vegetarian or vegan recipes, and due to having close friends and family who are vegan I feel I understand a little better about this lifestyle choice and I greatly enjoy substituting meat for two or three of my meals a week, after all why not right?
So as I started to think of what I wanted to bake over the weekend I decided I wanted to prove to myself and to my vegan flat-mate that I could bake her something that would A) edible (probably the most important point) B) that it would be both simple and tasty.
So upon taking the challenge I decided to bake a vegan take on one of my favourites, banana bread.
This recipe was so easy and tasty that both my vegan flat mate and the rest of the motley crew enjoyed them greatly, they certainly didn’t last very long.
The really nice thing about this recipe is you can’t tell that it has been made without milk or butter; in fact I would say it tastes even better! So why don’t you give it a go yourself.
225g Plain flour (or use Self-raising flour and reduce the Baking powder to 2 heaped tsp)
3 heaped tsp Baking powder
100g Brown sugar (or caster sugar)
3 tsp Cinnamon or Mixed spice (optional)
3 large Black bananas, mashed
75g Vegetable or Sunflower oil (weight)
50g Dried fruit or nuts (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
2. Mash the peeled bananas with a fork. Mix well with oil and sugar.
3. Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, and combine well.
4. Add any additional ingredients.
5. Baked in a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin for 20 minutes, before checking. Cover with foil, if the loaf cake is browning. Bake for another 40 minutes (approximately).
6. Allow to cool a little before slicing. It’s delicious freshly baked but even yummier when it goes gooey the next day!
Recipe taken from: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2277635/vegan-banana-bread
By James Busby