Egg free Banana Bread – that is also dairy and nut free!

egg free banana breadOn this rainy Sunday, I felt a strong desire for a dessert. Into the kitchen, you say? And make something with way too much sugar and bad fats? I have to admit, something like this was also my first idea. But then, an alarm in my head went off! December and its festive opportunities is only a few weeks away. It is much easier to watch what we eat now than then. Back to brainstorming! Something sweet yet not too much, dairy free, egg free and nut free. Bananas in the fruit basket…  That’s it! Egg free banana bread. Should also be easy enough to make it work without milk and nuts.

I remember my first attempts at banana breads, back in the time I cooked with all ingredients. Original banana bread contains all the nasties one can think of. Dairy (milk, cream, butter), eggs, sometimes nuts. A very tasty, heavy dish that mostly shouldn’t even be called bread, because it is a dessert in every way imaginable. Not that breads can’t be sweet, maybe it’s just me who thinks that bread should be somehow neutral. Well, this egg free banana bread isn’t. And I feel kind of schizophrenic because I actually like it that way. 🙂

This banana bread is very rich in taste, yet doesn’t contain any dairy  or eggs. Well, there’s nothing heavy in it, really, but it tastes like it contains all the butter in the world. Which is a good thing, but I’m sure you already know that.

 

This egg free banana bread is pretty easy to make.

It contains no difficult tricks, really. The only ingredient that is not a very common ingredient for banana breads are chickpeas. Well, not chickpeas, but the “water” that surrounds them if you buy them canned. This magic water is called aquafaba and it is magical for real. It is basically the same as egg whites, which means it can be whipped just like egg whites to produce a foamy gentle snow.

And this foamy gentle snow contain tiny air bubbles that will expand in the oven, making the banana bread gentle without using the baking powder, because let’s be totally honest here: baking powder makes food look nice, but it leaves a funny feeling in the mouth. It makes food worse, however you put it. And that’s why I don’t like to use it and try avoiding it whenever I can. Whipepd egg whites can sometimes do the trick, but what if you can’t use them because of egg allergies? Aquafaba to the rescue!

This is what the recipe for literally the best banana bread I ever had looks like.

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas (the riper the better)
  • 0,5 dl olive oil
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 100 g oat flakes
  • 150 g white flour
  • 5 table spoons brown sugar (I used 2 tbsp muscovado and 3 tbsp demerara)
  • 1 can chickpeas (well, not chickpeas, but the brine they’re in)
  • salt
  • 1 tea spoon cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 180°C.

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Mashing bananas for the egg free banana bread. A fork is a very useful tool for this task.
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Basic batter ingredients before mixing.
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Banana bread batter before combining with aquafaba foam.

Peel and mash the bananas with a fork. In a big bowl, combine mashed bananas with all the remaining ingredients but the aquafaba.  

Pour aquafaba (chickpea water) into a bowl and whip it until peaks start forming. You can’t usually whip it into as hard a foam as with egg whites, but it does the trick nicely.

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Aquafaba foam. That ain’t eggs. No matter what it looks like.

Gradually combine the foamy aquafaba with the batter you have in the other bowl, containing bananas, coconut milk and so on. Make sure you combine two substances really gently. Make an effort to not deflate a delicate, lofty texture of the aquafaba snow. Using a spatula, fold the bottom of the bowl up and over the top, turn the bowl 90 degrees, fold again, and repeat the process until combined.

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Combining of the main batter and aquafaba should be done as gently as possible, or you might break the structure.

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Prepare a piece of parchment paper, just big enough to cover the base and walls of the baking tray you will bake the banana bread in. Crush it with your hands under running water, then straighten it and line he baking tray.

Pour batter into the lined baking tray. Sprinkle it with some oat flakes and a small amount of brown sugar. 

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Place the egg free banana bread into the oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. You can test for doneness by sticking a knife into the bread, and if you pull it out all sticky and wet, the bread needs to stay in the oven a few more minutes.

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Done!

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When it’s done, it’s done! Slice your delicious egg free banana bread to 1-2cm slices and serve. I served it with a spoon of honey on top, and it was… well… TOP!

Egg free Banana Bread – that is also dairy and nut free!

Egg free Banana Bread – that is also dairy and nut free!

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas (the riper the better)
  • 0,5 dl olive oil
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 100 g oat flakes
  • 150 g white flour
  • 5 table spoons brown sugar (I used 2 tbsp muscovado and 3 tbsp demerara)
  • 1 can chickpeas (well, not chickpeas, but the brine they're in)
  • salt
  • 1 tea spoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Peel and mash the bananas with a fork.
  3. In a big bowl, combine mashed bananas with all the remaining ingredients but the aquafaba.
  4. Pour aquafaba (chickpea water) into a bowl and whip it until peaks start forming. You can't usually whip it into as hard a foam as with egg whites, but it does the trick nicely.
  5. Gradually combine the foamy aquafaba with the batter you have in the other bowl, containing bananas, coconut milk and so on. Make sure you combine two substances really gently. Make an effort to not deflate a delicate, lofty texture of the aquafaba snow. Using a spatula, fold the bottom of the bowl up and over the top, turn the bowl 90 degrees, fold again, and repeat the process until combined.
  6. Prepare a piece of parchment paper, just big enough to cover the base and walls of the baking tray you will bake the banana bread in. Crush it with your hands under running water, then straighten it and line he baking tray.
  7. Pour batter into the lined baking tray. Sprinkle it with some oat flakes and a small amount of brown sugar.
  8. Place the egg free banana bread into the oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. You can test for doneness by sticking a knife into the bread, and if you pull it out all sticky and wet, the bread needs to stay in the oven a few more minutes.
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