Banana Walnut Brownies

I was craving chocolate. I never crave chocolate (weird, right?). So I decided to attempt a vegan brownie with no added oil or “butter” or any extra fats. But I did want to retain as much moisture as possible because, really, nothing’s worse than a chalky, dry brownie.

For a first attempt, I must say I’m pretty pleased ☺ Definitely not dry, but I might still try to moisten it up some more next time. Never the less—and my husband agrees—this recipe is post worthy. So . . . without further adieu, here ya go!

Banana Walnut Brownies

Banana Walnut Brownies

Dry:
½ c whole-wheat flour
¾ c oat flour
¼ c sugar
½ c cocoa powder
2 T cornstarch
¼ t baking soda
½ t kosher salt

Wet:
1 medium banana, puréed
2 t vanilla
2 T maple syrup
½ c sugar
1 flax egg (1 T ground flaxseed + 3 T warm water)*

¾ c walnuts, chopped
¼ c mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

In a small bowl, make flax egg and set aside.

In a separate large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

In another bowl, combine all wet ingredients, including the flax egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. The batter will be very thick and pasty. Add in the chopped walnuts (I kneaded them in with my hands).

Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Press batter firmly into the pan until evenly distributed. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and gently press them into the batter.

Bake for 30 minutes. When done, lift the parchment paper containing the brownies out of the pan and onto a cooling rack. After 5-10 minutes enjoy them warm!!

*Allow flax egg to gel (~10min.) before adding to recipe.

Inspired by Wonderslim Wondercocoa’s Wonder Brownies

© Gina Chythlook

Banana Walnut Brownies

Banana Walnut Brownies

Holiday Fruit Berry Sweet Bread

Holiday Fruit Berry Sweet Bread

Holiday Fruit Berry Sweet Bread

Dry Ingredients
1 c whole-wheat flour
1 c oat flour
¾ c granulated sugar
1 ½ t baking powder
½ t baking soda
1 t kosher salt
½ t cinnamon
¼ t nutmeg

Wet Ingredients
1 flax egg (1 T ground flaxseed + 3 T water)
1 small banana, mashed
1 ½ c fresh cranberries, chopped
juice of half a lemon
zest of one lemon, finely chopped
¼ c water
2 T safflower oil

¼ c sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Prepare flax egg and set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine banana, cranberries, lemon juice and zest, water, oil, and flax egg. Pour mixed wet ingredients into dry ingredients, add sunflower seeds, and mix until just combined (should be wet and thick).

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Scoop the batter into a 9×5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 55mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10mins. Remove from pan to continue cooling for ~15mins. Enjoy warm!!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

2 ¼ c whole-wheat flour
2 1/4 t baking powder
¼ t kosher salt
2 T ground flaxseed
6 T unsweetened almond milk
½ c agave nectar
3 mashed bananas
½ c plain unsweetened soy yogurt
¼ c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 c chocolate chips

Set oven to 350˚F.
Combine the ground flaxseed with the 6T unsweetened almond milk and set aside. In a bowl, mix together the whole-wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, agave nectar, plain unsweetened soy yogurt, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Next, add the flaxseed mixture to the other wet ingredients. Then, combine the wet and dry ingredients together until mixed. Do not over mix. Pour the mixture into a greased/sprayed loaf pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top. Bake for 55 minutes (different ovens may vary). Once removed from the oven, allow the loaf to cool in its pan for 15 minutes. Then, remove it from the pan onto a cooling rack to continue to cool.

NOTES: Let the “flax egg” gelatinize for about 7 minutes before combining with the other wet ingredients. * I have also used 100% maple syrup in place of the agave nectar and it was also delish! Honey would probably work well too, if you like to use that. * You could easily add chopped nuts to this recipe for a little extra somethin’ 😉

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

© Gina Chythlook