Happy weekend everyone :) Finally got around to complete writing this eggless banana bread recipe...yay! I've never liked the texture of a banana. Even as a child, whenever mom would get it for us it would go bad without being eaten. Quite honestly, this was an unwarranted waste of food and my mom was looking for a way to avoid that and to give us a way to enjoy the banana without the texture that we disliked. Dadima (grandma) in one of her trips to England had indulged in the Banana Bread and discussed with my mom on making it at home to resolve the predicament.
The morning after the discussion, dadima calls me into the kitchen and asked me to mash a bunch of bananas. Can you guess my reaction? "Nooo, they're so slimy and don’t you even think that I am eating this". She didn’t say a word to me and instead got to work letting me watch what she was doing. Curiously observing and waiting for an hour, I could smell something delicious... finally having caved, I asked her to please let me taste what she was making. When dadima cut me a slice, I remember it being hot from the oven with aroma of fresh masala infused with the fruity tone of the banana...OMG, that was delish. Since then, I love making banana bread with Indian spices and jaggery - this gives such an intense caramelized flavour to the bread that when you eat a slice of it, you’ll keep wanting more and more.
I have a lot of friends who are vegetarian. In fact, I also experienced being a vegetarian for nearly 3 years not so long ago. Knowing so many vegetarians, I was surprised to learn that it was not easy to get an eggless banana cake. The ones that I could find almost always had a peculiar taste owing to egg replacements used. I therefore determined that it was time and I definitely had the inclination (my sweet tooth :) to create my unique version of the Banana Bread that contains no peculiar taste (relative to the traditional version). So, here goes my version of an eggless banana bread that is full of good nutrients, free of refined sugar (unless you want to occasionally add some chocolate chips to satisfy your chocolate cravings - which a lot of the times I do). Here, I've got a weekend bake for you guys. So go bake, you don’t need any fancy mixer or equipments. All you need is a sprinkle of love and over-ripe bananas. I'd love to know how yours turn out...please do let me know.
Eggless Banana Bread
nutritious and easy to make.
Serves: 9 portions | Calories*: 220 kcal
3 ripe bananas (mashed)
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup jaggery (dark brown sugar)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup yogurt
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat a loaf pan with butter and then line it with parchment paper.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the wet ingredients (mashed banana, melted butter, honey, jaggery and vanilla extra). Mix on medium speed until combined.
Now, add in the dry ingredients (baking soda, flour, cardamom and salt) and mix on medium speed until combined.
Add the walnuts and chocolate chips into the mixture and fold gently using a spatula.
Pour the mixture into the lined loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until it’s baked (insert a thin wooden skewer or toothpick into the cake and if it comes out clean it’s ready).
Remove from oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Note that to ensure it retains moisture when storing, after its cool, cover it completely with plastic food wrap. Enjoy!
Tips on Variations:
Add 1 shredded carrot and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the banana bread mixture. It will taste like a combination of carrot cake and banana bread.
To make it gluten free, replace the all-purpose flour with almond flour and yummmm... The loaf will be denser but it will taste just as good :)
*Please note that the nutritional information on this site is only an approximate.