Hi friends! I have a confession to make. I don’t know how to cook. I always say I don’t like to cook, which is true, but that’s primarily because it doesn’t exactly make sense to me. Baking though? I *LOVE* to bake. If I could bake every meal and snack, I would. Today I want to share with you this delicious vegan banana bread recipe (adapted from here) – but first, let me expand a little bit about why cooking doesn’t make sense to me!
I grew up around some great cooks – my grandmother, my aunts, and my mom are all amazing cooks. My mom made dinner at home 6/7 nights a week growing up, my grandmother made me breakfast before school every morning, and for every family get together, all of my aunts each contributed a dish or two. I was pretty lucky to be fed yummy primarily Mexican home cooked food!
As a kid, my mom would try to teach me recipes but I didn’t really have the attention for it. I also hated touching or being around raw meat which made it difficult to really learn how to make the dishes she would make. Once I became vegetarian in my 20s, there were very few things left that she could teach me how to make that I could actually eat. Yeah, I could probably learn how to sub out the meat and use some other kind of protein but it wouldn’t taste the same and I’m not big on processed fake meats anyway.
Another reason cooking doesn’t make sense to me is that I’m used to cooking for one person, myself, and occasionally someone else. Most recipes make *so much* food! And that’s ok, especially in terms of leftovers but it’s also hard for me to eat all that food before it goes bad or I’m just tired of eating it.
And there is something super fluid to me about cooking. Even with a recipe, there’s so much leeway and improvising that I literally get overwhelmed. For me, cooking isn’t structured enough. I just don’t understand how to do it! Does anyone else have this problem? I try to learn all the time though – there are some things I know how to make that I love but stand me in front of a stove with an empty pan and I’m just like ……?
But yes, baking! Baking makes sense. The recipes make sense. The measuring things makes sense. The throwing it all together and then putting it in the oven makes sense. Even improvising in baking makes sense to me. There is more of a balance that you have to maintain when you bake – which is why it was super fun to make this banana bread, especially since it is vegan!
Easy Vegan Banana Bread Recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes
- 4 medium over ripe bananas
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (coconut oil works well here!)
- 1/2 cup sugar (brown works well but so does granulated)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two bread pans.
- Slice your bananas and add them to a bowl with the sugar. Mash the mixture well.
- Add the oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the banana mixture and mix well.
- Sieve the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the banana mixture. Fold into banana mixture well.
- Fold in the sunflower seeds and walnuts.
- Divide the mixture into the two bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.
Store your bread wrapped in foil or an air tight container. It tastes absolutely delicious warmed up or my favorite – toasted and slathered with peanut butter.