My toddler is obsessed with bananas. It took me 30 years to like bananas. Genetics are a crock.
But seriously bananas are his favorite fruit and he’ll pretty much take them anyway he can get them. I, on the other hand, wouldn’t go near them unless they were covered in sugar, baked to a warm gooeyness, and called “bread.” I was a real joy to raise. Sorry, mom.
As a reformed picky eater, I can now enjoy bananas in many forms, but banana bread is still my all-time favorite and (shocker) my kid also enjoys his favorite fruit covered in sugar, baked to a warm gooeyness, and called “bread.”
This recipe is almost vegan by accident – when trying it for the first time, I didn’t think ahead much, I was just looking for something to bake with my toddler and I was fresh out of dairy butter and dairy milk. So I had to improvise with what I did have on-hand which was vegan butter and almond milk. I’m pleased to report it still turned out absolutely delicious. If you want to make it 100% vegan, just use your favorite egg substitute.
Tip From My Dad, the Actual Professional Cook: When using non-dairy milk in place of cow’s milk for baking, always turn it into “buttermilk” by adding 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar per 3 tablespoons of non-dairy milk. Let it sit and curdle for 5-10 minutes. In fact, use buttermilk whenever the recipe calls for milk, even if you have no intentions of making it hippie-style.
Quick & Easy Almost Vegan Banana Bread
This recipe is adapted from Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen.
- ¼ cup non-dairy butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 overripe, mashed bananas
- Dash of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 290 degrees. If you have a convection oven, do NOT use convection mode.
- Combine non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar to make vegan buttermilk. Set aside for 7-10 minutes.
- Cream butter.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix sugar, flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add buttermilk, eggs, creamed butter, and vanilla extract. Add mashed bananas.
- Bake in a full-sized, well-greased bread pan at 290 degrees for roughly one hour and ten minutes, keeping the door closed.