Serve this easy ‘can’t get enough’ vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and nut-free banana bread at a party function, for snack or lunchbox treats to hungry little fingers to nibble on or enjoy the slices yourself as a post meal dessert!
Preheat the oven to 400 F or 200 C.
Prepare the flax egg: mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of soy milk (or other fortified plant-based milk or water). Let sit for 5-10 minutes before whisking it quickly for about 2-3 minutes.
Meanwhile, place half a cup's worth of pitted dates in a bowl of very hot water (i.e., just boiled) covering the dates by at least 2 inches of water to soak for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together the group 1 dry ingredients (sifted flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt).
Squeeze out the ripe banana contents into a separate large mixing bowl.
To this mixing bow, mix together the other group 2 wet ingredients (bananas, dates, flax egg, applesauce) until well combined. Mix in the tablespoon of oil if desired (optional).
Mix the group 1 dry ingredients into the bowl with the group 2 wet ingredients and stir till all combined. If the combined mixture is looking a bit dry after mixing, just let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, then stir the contents in the measuring bowl again. Usually, the perfect consistency batter will result.
If you are using chia seeds as the egg replacement, you would need to bake the bread longer e.g. 50 min at 425 degrees F, or 40-45 min at 450 F. (Don’t worry, you won’t see the chia seeds in the final bread.) To make a chia egg replacer, mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water (or fortified plant-based milk). Let sit for 5-10 minutes before adding it into the group 2 wet ingredients.
If you don’t have any pitted dates on hand, you can substitute with a ¼ cup [50 g] of packed brown sugar. If the batter mixture still looks dry even after you have let the batter sit for 5 minutes and then mixed it again, you can add an additional tablespoon or two of a fortified plant-based milk, until the final mixture is of just a barely moist consistency.