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Almond Banana Bread

Almond Banana Bread | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

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You know a recipe you’ve made is good when someone says, “Hey, this actually tastes like real banana bread!” LOL. Well, I guess that’s a job well done, right? But seriously, I don’t understand the continuing stigma with vegan food. I know there are vegan recipes out there that use ingredients a lot of people aren’t familiar with – like jackfruit, seitan, etc – but for the most part, vegan food is just food. For example, this almond banana bread. Bananas, One Degree Organic’s Sprouted Spelt Flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, nuts. Nothing crazy here! So I would imagine that it does, in fact, taste like “real” banana bread. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In Nutrition News, a new study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that found a correlation between various dietary factors and the incidence of heart disease, Type II Diabetes, and stroke. The study examined the diets of Americans (as recorded in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 1999-2002 and 2009-2012), and looked for a correlation between their diets and the various diseases listed above. Essentially, what the researchers found is that those who consumed higher levels of sodium, processed meat, sugary drinks, and red meat had a higher incidence of the listed diseases. The limitations of this study, of course, should be mentioned – as an observational study, this analysis doesn’t tell us anything about the underlying biochemical mechanisms that caused these results. However, does this mean that this study is worthless? Absolutely not (although Authority Nutrition might disagree with you).

I read a Yahoo article discussing this new study, and the comments section was extremely disheartening. Comments ranged from “Nobody dies healthy, so enjoy it while you can,” to “My grandfather ate bacon and butter and he lived until 89, etc. etc.” There are two problems with statements like these. First, diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke don’t happen overnight. In most cases, they are a result of many years of a poor diet coupled with genetic factors. Second, knowing one person who continuously ate the unhealthy foods from the study and turned out fine has no statistical significance. Every single person’s physiology, biochemistry, and genetics are different, which is why scientists perform analyses on large populations of people, and not just one person. Furthermore, this study speaks in terms of associations, not inevitabilities. It’s simply saying that if you eat high amounts of sodium, processed and red meats, and sugary drinks, you are more susceptible to heart disease, Type II Diabetes, and stroke.

However, I think there is some merit to the “enjoy it while you can” philosophy. While I’m definitely not recommending my readers to drink sugary drinks every day and have absurdly high sodium levels, will one Coca-Cola kill you? No way. It’s all about moderation. Eating healthy isn’t about deprivation or being miserable. You have to keep your body and soul happy. So if that means breaking out a bag of chips every once in a while, go for it! Above all, do what’s right for you – and it’s going to be different for every one of us. Just remember, as always, to talk to your doctor before you start any dietary changes!

Almond Banana Bread | Well and Full | #vegan #recipeAlmond Banana Bread | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Almond Banana Bread
 
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You'd never guess this almond banana bread is made from vegan, whole-food ingredients - it's sweet and delicious and goes perfectly with coffee!
Serves: 1 Banana Bread Loaf
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Spelt Flour
  • ⅓ Cup Almonds, chopped
  • ⅓ Cup Pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ Tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
Wet Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Mashed Bananas
  • ¼ Cup Strongly Brewed Coffee
  • ⅓ Cup Maple Syrup
  • ⅓ Cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 Tsp Almond Extract
Topping
  • Chopped Almonds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Start by mashing the bananas. Usually 5 bananas yields about 2 cups, but this will completely depend on the size of the bananas.
  3. In a bowl, add mashed bananas and all other wet ingredients. Mix until fully combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients until everything is evenly combined.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix until the batter is smooth and evenly combined.
  6. Pour batter into a bread loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Top with chopped almonds, if you like.
  7. Bake banana bread in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. To test if the banana bread is fully cooked, stick a knife or toothpick in the center and see if it comes out clean. If any batter is still stuck on, continue cooking the bread for 5-10 minute intervals until it comes out clean.
  8. When the bread is done, let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
If you don't have spelt flour on hand, sub whole wheat.

Almond Banana Bread | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Megan
    March 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    “Eating healthy isn’t about deprivation or being miserable. You have to keep your body and soul happy.” Love that <3 also your photos are gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      March 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you so much Megan!! I’m glad my words resonated with you :)

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    Caroline
    March 10, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Made this tonight and it is hands down one of the best banana breads I’ve ever made!! This will be my go-to recipe from now on!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      March 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it Caroline!! :D Reading your comment made my day!! :)

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    Taylor Filaroski
    March 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Looks yum! I have been craving baked goods recently so I will have to try this! I also really appreciate all of your well-informed nutrition insight–while I try to be as “healthy” as possible, it feels like that pendulum is always swinging, so the “everything in moderation, including moderation” mentality is super helpful to me. Plus, who doesn’t like a handful (or two) of chips every now and then?!

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      Sarah
      March 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      You’re preaching to the choir!! ;) I love a handful of chips ALL the time lol!!

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    Abby@ Heart of a Baker
    March 10, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Girrrrrrl I HEAR YOU. One of my coworkers thinks it’s funny to say ‘This is good..for being vegan’ when I bring in treats. UGH. Come on people, it’s food! In other news, I think I’m going to faceplant right into this bread and not be sorry about it :)

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      Sarah
      March 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      I knew you’d understand, you’re the vegan baking queen!! Your coworkers sound like they don’t know how good they have it, with you baking for them ;)

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    March 10, 2017 at 9:39 am

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    annie
    March 10, 2017 at 11:08 am

    this bread is gorgeous. i like how you threw coffee in there….what a great idea!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      March 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Annie!! I’m always looking for ways to add coffee into stuff ;)

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    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    March 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Well written, Sarah and thank you for sharing! I’ll keep my eyes out for One Degree’s Spelt – although I typically buy mine in bulk. This banana bread is just fabulous and I love how you squeezed in a bit of strong coffee. Such a great flavor boost! And vegan food.. you’re right, it’s just food. Although some would argue that if a meal doesn’t include some sort of animal protein that you’ll starve or kill over (this is the culture I grew up in :o). I am much happier now with a colorful plate of vegetables than I am a slab of meat any day! Thank you for sharing! xo

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      Sarah
      March 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      I grew up in that culture too, Traci!! My dad doesn’t consider it a meal unless there’s half a cow on the table *rolls eyes*. But he has the high cholesterol that goes with it… I’m trying to get him to eat more vegetables but it’s a challenge lol

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    March 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Hubba, hubba! Now that is one beautiful loaf of banana bread. I love the addition of coffee too. Sounds so good! This is my idea of the perfect treat. Satisfying and decadent but still nutritious. :)

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      Sarah
      March 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah!! This is my perfect treat too ;)

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    Sara
    March 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    This looks to die for!! I’m a total banana bread lover any time, and add all that amazing crunchy goodness with the almonds on top, I wouldn’t be able to resist! I couldn’t agree more about how sad/annoying it is that vegan food is considered so alien at times…I always hear people say it’s not “real” food. You’d think food that grow in the ground would be considered more “real” than all the processed, horrible stuff a lot of people eat daily. Keep up the great work and we can spread the word with beautiful recipes like these that this food is DELISH!

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      Sarah
      March 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      YES – whole, vegan food is WAY more “real” than all that processed stuff that’s so ubiquitous in our society. Right on, Sara!

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