Vegan banana bread with apricots and without added sugars
This delicious vegan banana bread took some work to get right, but this version is super easy to make and delicious with added apricots and without any additional sugar.
The first time I tried to make a vegan banana bread or actually the first time I tried to bake a vegan anything was a complete and utter failure. The batter looked promising and I had high hopes when it went into the oven, but it came out as a puddle of something. It didn’t stay together at all. And it didn’t taste like anything at all either.
So mission failed. Of course we are talking years ago, when baking without butter and eggs was simply not very fashionable yet. No one really knew how to do it, except probably a few that did it all the time. But information was scarce so I had to find out by myself. I learned about the power of flax seed or chia. The magical properties of arrowroot or tapioca powder and more. But still this vegan banana bread kept giving me issues. Until now.
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Vegan banana bread
The one time that I made this recipe before I followed a known vegan recipe that I found online. But I found it rather underwhelming. It was hard and not very good. So I tossed the banana bread and went back to the drawing board. Initially I wanted to make this bread with dates for sweetness. But while I thought I had dates in the cupboard they turned out to be from the stone age. So rock hard there would be no point in using them.
That’s what you get when your cupboard is too deep! But I also found some apricots and while less sticky I was hoping they would work. And it did! The faint apricot flavor was actually really good.
How to make the banana bread
Now to make the banana bread the most important ingredient is – obviously – the banana. The browner the bananas are the sweeter the cake will be. My bananas where medium sweet so the end result of the bread was not very sweet at all. In fact it was almost more like a ‘normal’ bread and I think it will actually work quite well with something like avocado to serve. Will test that for next time!
How does it bind without eggs?
Well the funny thing about this vegan banana bread is that the banana actually works as the binding agent. That makes this the perfect starter cake if you want to bake something vegan. It’s delicious and you won’t miss the eggs. Having said that I am still a sucker for this banana bread that does use everything.
How long can I keep the vegan banana bread?
You can’t keep this as long as you would a regular banana bread. Due to the lack of egg and butter it becomes dry quicker. I tend to bake it, eat whatever I want or want to serve that first day and freeze the rest. I like to freeze it in slices so it is easier to defrost then if you would have the entire cake frozen.
Can I leave the apricots out or can I substitute?
If you do not like apricots you can definitely leave them out. However since it does give a little bit of extra sweetness it is best to replace it with dates. Unless your bananas are really ripe, then you can probably get away with it. Alternatively you can also add an extra banana instead.
Vegan banana bread
- cake tin of 25 cm
- Stick blender
- 200 gr all purpose flour
- 50 gr almond flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 4 bananas very ripe
- 7 pcs dried apricots in small cubes
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 100 ml almond milk
- 1 tsp ginger spices
- Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F)
- Line a cake tin with baking paper.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt) in a large bowl.Mix all the wet ingredients (3 of the bananas, apricots, coconut oil, almond milk, apple cider vinegar) in a mixing bowl and puree it all together with a stick blender. It's ok if you see some apricot pieces floating around, but the banana should be smooth.
- Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix it till if forms a batter. Pour into your baking tin. Smooth the top and slice the last banana lengthwise. Place both end into the batter and press them in a little bit. place into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.
- Leave to cool completely before slicing.
The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.