The other day, mom and I were shopping at our favorite discount grocery store, Esh’s. We were picking up new produce and stocking up on the #quarantinesnacks (while staying 6 ft away from everyone else of course)! I remembered before checking out that we had forgotten bananas (how does that even happen I know). She went back to go get some, and came back with a case of 30+ bananas, saying that was the only option (you never know what will be available at Esh’s-part of the fun ;P). What are we going to do with 30 bananas? Well for one, we eat them. With 5 people back at home, we go through bananas, and all groceries pretty darn fast. They have also been frozen to use in smoothies (see our instagram for smoothie inspiration). And most importantly, now that they are ripe, they are being used for all the baking recipes. Including this vegan and deliciously moist Blueberry Banana Bread!
Life During COVID-19
Anyone in America would say it’s been a crazy last couple weeks, and I would agree. On Monday March 9th, as the number of US cases of COVID-19 were rapidly spreading throughout the country and a student who tested positive, Vanderbilt University switched all classes to online. A few days later, they told all undergraduate students to move out from their dorms. Another couple days, and the NCAA announced that all championships for spring were cancelled, and my track season was officially over. I live off campus in Nashville, but I decided I wanted to come home and be with my family during this time of uncertainty. I packed up my belongings, mom flew out to meet me, and we made the drive back to Colorado. Just a week after coming back for spring break, my senior year was over and I was back at home.
The suggested, and in some places enforced, social distancing means spending a lot of time at home. I don’t think I’m the only one who has been using this time for #quarantinebaking! I mean chocolate solves everything right? If you haven’t gotten your hands on a mixing bowl in the past weeks, I highly suggest it! Baking is a great way to relax and de-stress, a perfect activity for those kiddos that are now at home, and for no other reason than it tastes delicious! Whether it’s this recipe, some brownies, or some sweet potato anytime cookies, some baked goods will be sure to lift your spirits 🙂
Let’s break it down
This banana bread is vegan, gluten free if necessary, and much healthier than your usual bakery banana bread. It only has 3 tablespoons of added sugars (and can be omitted if you are sugar-free!) and limited oil. My brother gave up dessert for lent, but I told him he could eat this because it’s healthy enough for breakfast-and it is!
Speaking of brothers, said brother can be particularly hard to convince that my healthier baked goods and meals are tasty. But he needed no convincing on this one. After coming back for seconds, and saying he was having another slice for breakfast, he reported that it was delicious and we needed to make more. So if that doesn’t convince ya to try this banana bread out, then I’m out of luck.
This recipe is similar to my Peanut Butter Banana Bread in that it uses a combination of almond flour and oats, and also features protein powder. However, if that doesn’t suit your needs, feel free to experiment with other flours! I would just avoid coconut flour as it functions differently in baking. This recipe uses a mix of coconut oil and almond butter. You can use another oil or butter of choice or other nut butter. Finally, I decided to make this recipe with blueberries! Our favorite is Wyman’s Wild Blueberries, found in the freezer section at Sprouts. I also added walnuts for some texture, but this is optional. As much as I love chocolate, I left it out of this recipe. That being said, if you’re feeling chocolate, go ahead and throw in some chocolate chips 😛
Let’s Make It!
I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking, and especially when it comes to cleaning. So if there’s a one-bowl option, I’m 100% taking that route. While yes you could mix the dry ingredients separately and then add to the wet ingredients, but its certainly not necessary! The recipe is pretty straight forward: Mash the bananas and mix with the rest of the wet ingredients, dump in the dry ingredients, mix it all up, fold in your bluebs, and pour into a pan and bake! Doesn’t get much easier than that. Since the bread takes a while to cook through, I suggest putting foil over the pan after 45 minutes to prevent excessive browning. And once the bread is out of the oven, let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing into it. I know its hard, but it’s worth it.
Whether you need something to do with extra time at home, need some baked good therapy to keep your mind off the uncertainty of COVID-19, or just have a couple extra bananas laying around the house, this Blueberry Banana Bread is for you! And good thing we’re all #socialdistancing because this is a recipe you’ll want to keep for yourself 😉 (or at least your household!) I hope you give this recipe a try! If you do, let us know by commenting below or tagging us on instagram @wholesomeandhappylife!
Stay safe and stay healthy <3
Blueberry Banana Bread
This blueberry banana bread is vegan, moist, delicious, and bursting with blueberries! With limited added sugar and oils, this treat satisfies the sweet tooth without the guilt!